So much of what we do when selling a home is to work on the imagination of the potential buyers. Whether it is the images online through the property portals like Rightmove, or the viewings in person, the way that a potential buyer sees your property prompts a buying decision. If you want to sell an empty property then something different happens here. Even though the room you enter may be upstairs at the back of the house, if it is dressed like an office then many buyers will have some difficulty in imagining it as a bedroom. This will harm your chances of making the sale. Every time you narrow the pool of potential buyers, you end up lowering the chances of –
So it is vitally important to do the right thing. Having your home looking great for the photos and all of the viewings may be a pain. But it will be worth it in the end.
This is a double-edged sword in many way. On the one hand you don’t have to worry about it being messed up between viewings. The fact that you are not living in the place means that you don’t tread mud in the carpets, you don’t need to hoover up several times a day and you don’t have to chase the kids around to pick up their clothes, toys, etc.
But on the other hand it doesn’t always look like a home. It is usually empty and people can’t get their imaginative juices flowing with an empty property. This works in very much the same way as the office/bedroom scenario above. They don’t look at the potential, but look at the empty space. They worry about whether their bed will fit in the master bedroom, whether the wall in the dining room is long enough for their sideboard and if there is going to be enough room for that corner sofa they have set their heart on. It is crazy to buy a home for several hundred thousand pounds based on the furniture that costs a few hundred pounds each, but that is the way.
There are several things that you can do to make sure your property looks like a home. Using old furniture you have is one option. I dressed a home with old chairs, tables, rugs, curtains and soft furnishings that I had in my loft and garage. I supplemented this with things that I picked up from the local car boot sale. And the property looked like a home in many ways on a very small budget.
An alternative is to rent items from others for the period of time it takes to sell the property. This takes a little more money than doing it yourself, but either way it helps you to sell the home. There are some home staging experts coming over to the UK. This is big business in the United States. And these guys set up a property to give you the best chance of a sale. They will have access to places to rent pieces that can add real value to a property. This is especially relevant of you have a high value vacant property that you want to sell. Don’t forget to include these on your home insurance.
If you have property to sell (or indeed to buy) then my guides will really help you get the most from the process. They look at all angles of selling (or buying) a home. So you can understand what is going on and how to best position your property to sell. Check them out.← Back to Blog