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Giving your home a freshen up before putting it on the market

Giving your home a freshen up before putting it on the market

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The competitive nature of the property market means it is important to be as proactive as possible when presenting your property for sale. While many homeowners will feel sad about moving house and saying goodbye to many happy memories, moving to a new home provides the chance for a fresh start, new beginnings and even more memories.

You will want to sell quickly and for the best price and the way to do that is to do as much as you can to freshen up your home before you go to market.

Staging your property is the art of making it as presentable and attractive to potential buyers as possible. A staged home, tailored to the needs of potential buyers and aimed at maximising the feel and appearance of your home can have a huge impact on your property sale. When selling your home, it should be as clean and as tidy as possible but this is just the starting point. Here are some tips to freshen up your home before putting it on the market.

Remove personal items

Personal items such as pictures of loved ones or your hobby collections make your house your personal home, but they can turn off potential buyers. You want viewers to imagine living in the property and when the home is full with your memories and belongings, it will be difficult to do so. Tidy up the house before viewings – discarded clothes on bedroom floors are definitely out!

Install shutters

There are many benefits of installing shutters and replacing curtains at your home. Shutters add another level of security, they provide more flexibility with regard to light and air being allowed into the room, and they are far more appealing than traditional tired curtains. No matter the style of your property, there will be shutters available to enhance the look of the property’s interior.

Add colour and vibrancy to your garden area

Your front garden area will have a big impact on buyers, so you need “kerb appeal” to make a positive first impression on viewers. Look to add a seasonal touch and if you can, add bright and colourful plants and flowers. A vibrant look in your garden can raise the attractiveness of the property and make your home seem desirable even before a potential buyer steps inside. Kerb appeal is important because most property buyers do a ‘drive by’ before they arrange a viewing.

Clean or replace carpets

Carpets often bear the brunt of bad weather and an active lifestyle, which means that your flooring often looks shabby or past its best. If you want to create an immediate impression on a potential buyer, invest in a deep clean of your carpet or opt for a new flooring solution. Whether you buy a new carpet or opt for wooden or lino flooring, there are sleek and stylish flooring options to suit all budgets.

If you want your home to be the property that potential buyers fall in love with, freshening it up makes sense. These tips are suitable for a wide range of budgets and will enhance your home before you have it valued and placed on the market.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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