Buying a home is, for most people, the single largest purchase they will make in their lives. That’s why it’s so important to get it right. Selling your home can also be stressful, especially in a buyer’s market. How do you know if your property is attractive to a buyer or not? Here are some tips on things to avoid if you put your house on the market and also some big turn-offs for potential buyers. For advice on the legal aspects of the sale of your property, contact a Conveyancing Solicitors London. A firm of Conveyancing Solicitors London, for example on a site like Sam Conveyancing.
Dirty Bathrooms and Kitchens
The bathroom and kitchen are the real deal breakers for most viewers, so there is no reason to leave these rooms in anything other than top, sparkling condition. Viewers want to walk in and imagine themselves living in your property and it will not happen if you offer a vision of mess and dirty grouting! Other big turn-offs include brightly coloured bathroom suites, so aim for something neutral.
Another big no-no is not having a well-maintained garden. If potential buyers see a large amount of work to do before they’ve even stepped into the house, then they would feel quite negative about the experience. Other complaints from viewers, include seeing a strange plant in the garden. If they do not know what it is, they worry it could be Japanese knotweed or extremely high maintenance plants that will cause problems as well. Japanese knotweed is very invasive and can even damage the foundation of the building.
It’s hard to get a feel for a place if it looks chaotic. Not only does it make it difficult to see, but also will give the viewer the impression that there is clearly a lack of storage space. Have a decluttering session and anything you do not want to part with can be placed into storage until your home is sold. An important aspect of seeing the property is the ability to your own items in situ. This cannot happen if the people viewing your property cannot see past all of your furniture and ornaments.
Nothing provokes strong negative reactions like walking into a house to be met by an unpleasant odour. Even on a subconscious level, a bad smell will leave a bad feeling about the house. Make sure you put the garbage out before the viewing, open the windows and invest in some air fresheners.
Most potential buyers will instruct the agent that they do not want a property near excess noise such as railways, busy roads or runways. If your home does suffer from noise pollution then consider investing in triple glazing, if you have not already. This is not a cheap option and may not remove the noise problem completely but if you are having trouble selling, may be the only hope.
House full of pets
We all love animals but even the viewer will think twice about a house full of cats, dogs, rabbits and other assorted furries. Potential buyers will be concerned about things like fleas, asthma and allergies if they have children. With our feline friends, viewers may worry that the cat will come back after the current owners had moved out.