Selling Your Home in London
Property sales in London are some of the fastest moving in the country, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still make the effort to present and market your house in the best light possible. First impressions are vital, and can make a difference to both how quickly your home will sell and what price you get for it - so make the effort, and reap the rewards! Here's a guide to help you get your home ready to sell.
When was the last time you stood outside your home and really looked at it from a potential buyer's perspective? The exterior of your home is the first thing a buyer's going to see, so it's time to make sure it's up to scratch. Get out there and really analyse the curb appeal of your home to see what statement it's making right now. Compare it to your neighbours' properties - if you do this and it makes you feel embarrassed, it's likely that you've already failed to impress your potential buyers. But don't panic! If you have a front lawn then make sure the grass is mown and any flowerbeds are tidy. Have a good look at the paint on your window frames and doors for any signs of peeling or flaking - if there are, re-paint! It's a small investment but will make a huge difference to your property's curb appeal. If you have a path leading to your property make sure it's clean, pressure-washed if need be, and free from weeds - particularly in between paving stones. Sometimes it's the little touches that will make all the difference, so take just a few minutes to polish your letterbox (if it's brass) and clean the handle on your front door; also make sure your house number or name sign is clearly visible - you don't want buyers to miss you just because of an overgrown plant! Once your curb appeal is drawing buyers in, it's time to think about what's on the other side of the door...
A home having lots of natural light is often right up there at the top of buyer's lists when choosing to make an offer. It helps to emphasise all of the good qualities of a room, and make it easier for buyers to see themselves in the property by making it feel airy and spacious. Of course realistically you need to work with what your property's got, and not all of us can have floor to ceiling windows, or hold viewings exclusively when the sun is out, but you can still maximize and enhance the amount of natural light in any room. Make sure curtains and blinds are kept light and always drawn back - this will have the dual benefit of giving the illusion of more space, as well as letting in the light. In areas of your home that just don't have access to natural light, make sure you add extra lighting with high watt bulbs and decorate exclusively in light neutral tones. Remember - you don't have to love the changes you're making to the decor of your home; it's not really for you! You're presenting your home for someone else to picture themselves in, not displaying your style - so de-personalise to allow them the chance to do that, and you'll have your home sold in no time!
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