Property sales in London are some of the best in the country, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still make the effort to present 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 its exterior? Probably a very long time ago, if ever! 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. Stand outside your home and compare it to your neighbours’ properties – if you do this and it makes you feel slightly mortified, it’s likely that you’ve already failed to impress your potential buyers. 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 prospective 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…
Let in the Light
Lots of natural light usually tops the list of things people are looking for in a home – even if they might not realize it consciously. 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 home. Make sure window coverings 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 in light neutral tones. Remember – you don’t have to love the changes you’re making to the décor 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 to do just that, and you’ll have your home sold in no time!
London or Berlin these quick tips are easy to work wherever you are selling your property, however if you are looking for more London apartments, household or architecture projects go through our London archive.
Photos above Redchurch Loft by Studio Verve Architects