Selling your home comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, but if you go about it the right way, you could have a positive sale on your hands in no time at all. While some people will be perfectly happy to purchase ‘fixer-uppers’ in order to renovate them or refurbish them and sell them on for a profit, it is a good idea to appeal to a wide target audience so that you get more house viewings and garner more interest on the property in general. More interest means that you are more likely to make a sale, which is what matters in the end.
When prospective buyers view a property, they obviously want to look at the condition of the property as well as its location, the surrounding neighbourhood and its proximity to local facilities, schools and the like. The condition of the property in question is a big selling point and one that many sellers may forget in their rush to put the property on the market. If you can make small changes that will help your home to sell quicker, it is always recommended.
Take a look at three minor defects we have found really help sway buyers when it comes to selling your home in a quick and easy way.
Cosmetic Wall Damage
Paint blistering or flaking? Running paint lines, torn patches of wallpaper or wallpaper with lifting seams? These small issues can easily make your property look tired and defeated, and in fact it is actually a lot easier than you think to resolve these issues, if you know what to do. For paint problems, simply stripping off the older layer of paint and then reapplying with more care garners great success.
Wallpaper problems, such as bubbles and lifting seams, can be resolved with a sharp knife and adding a bit of extra wallpaper paste to the wall beneath, to help smooth out any cracks and tack down the wallpaper with more strength. Torn patches of wallpaper should be removed until only the paper that is firmly attached remains. Then you’ll want to tear around the edges of a fresh patch of wallpaper and line up the pattern marks, pasting over the damaged area and smoothing it down with a sponge so that it matches well.
Crumbling and Cracked Ceilings
While not a huge issue in itself, a cracked or crumbling ceiling can appear worrying to potential buyers and having bits of plaster flaking off onto your shoulders isn’t exactly giving off the best impression you want to make when marketing your home to buyers. With two types of ceiling; lath and plaster and plasterboard, crumbling ceilings can be patched up in a number of ways. They can be repaired from the floor above, repaired using plaster or a plasterboard patch, or by over-boarding the whole ceiling where necessary with plasterboard sheets. It depends a lot on how you want to approach it.
Deep Clean Your Carpets
While this is not technically a defect in the property as such, deep cleaning your carpets will have an immensely positive effect on how prospective buyers see your home. Consider the difference it will make when people enter your home, that instead of seeing tired looking and worn down carpets with muted colours and a stain here and there, they will see bright and vibrant carpets that look clean and colourful.
A carpet deep clean is a great way to bring colours back to your carpet and will also get rid of any worn down grime or dust particles that have wormed their way into the carpet fibres over the years. It is a small change to make, as hiring a professional carpet cleaner is often better recommended than cleaning it yourself, but it will make a big difference.
It is important that you make the property appealing to potential buyers. If you know the type or types of people who are likely to view your property, you can get a feel for what they might like to see in a prospective property and make any small changes you need. People feel better when there are less defects to repair before they move into a house, so sorting these out yourself will in turn help your success rate when it comes to selling.
Tim Greenwood Associates, a firm of Chartered Surveyors based in South East England. Formed in 2012 by Tim, the company combines over 40 years of industry experience.