Tips on Selling Your Home

LAURUS LIFE | Finance

Tips on Selling Your Home

LAURUS LIFE | Finance

Buying a new home is an exciting time.

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Buying a new home is one of the most exciting experiences you can have, promising a fresh start and the chance to take something and make it your own. But if you’re not a first-time buyer, there’s a complicating factor that can throw a spanner in the works, and that’s selling your existing home.

You might be ready to move on from where you live at the moment, but to sell it, you need to get back into the mindset you had when you bought it. What drew you there, and what captured your imagination? When you are selling your home, you need to recapture what made it feel special so you can demonstrate that to buyers.

We know how frustrating it can be to have your dream home in sight but not be able to complete, so here are our top tips for selling your home:

1. Staging is important

  

What’s ‘staging’? It’s basically how you present your home to potential buyers and it’s hugely important because people want to see a home that they’d imagine themselves living in.

This may involve a bit of DIY, like giving tired-looking walls a lick of paint and tidying up outdoor spaces to ensure that they offer the best possible first impression.

1. Staging is important

  

What’s ‘staging’? It’s basically how you present your home to potential buyers and it’s hugely important because people want to see a home that they’d imagine themselves living in.

This may involve a bit of DIY, like giving tired-looking walls a lick of paint and tidying up outdoor spaces to ensure that they offer the best possible first impression.

2. Make it look tidy but not empty

  

From your search for a new home, you may well have looked around homes that were cluttered with personal belongings and this might have been off-putting. It’s important to make sure your home is as tidy as it can be when people come around, and your staging may also involve packing away some items from shelves to give that fresh and bright appearance.

But don’t go too far with this, as a home needs to have some personality to help potential buyers imagine the lifestyle they could have if it was their home.

2. Make it look tidy but not empty

  

From your search for a new home, you may well have looked around homes that were cluttered with personal belongings and this might have been off-putting. It’s important to make sure your home is as tidy as it can be when people come around, and your staging may also involve packing away some items from shelves to give that fresh and bright appearance.

But don’t go too far with this, as a home needs to have some personality to help potential buyers imagine the lifestyle they could have if it was their home.

3. Focus on the kitchen

  

The kitchen is the heart of your home, and that’s something we at Laurus always bear in mind when designing our properties. It’s where friends and families come together, food is prepared and often eaten, and a good or bad kitchen can be ‘make or break’ for a home viewing. You might not want to spend too much time or money doing up a kitchen you’re hoping to leave, so look for small but significant tweaks you can make to update or refresh it: even something as simple as having a bowl of fresh fruit and some flowers on display can make a difference.

3. Focus on the kitchen

  

The kitchen is the heart of your home, and that’s something we at Laurus always bear in mind when designing our properties. It’s where friends and families come together, food is prepared and often eaten, and a good or bad kitchen can be ‘make or break’ for a home viewing. You might not want to spend too much time or money doing up a kitchen you’re hoping to leave, so look for small but significant tweaks you can make to update or refresh it: even something as simple as having a bowl of fresh fruit and some flowers on display can make a difference.

4. Finally get those DIY jobs done

  

You might have hoped that deciding to move meant you could forget about those niggly DIY jobs once and for all, but every small little issue can make a difference to a buyer. A broken lightbulb, cracked tile, chipped paint job or dripping tap can be off-putting enough to give a bad impression of your home, so why not do a full check yourself beforehand and repair anything that needs fixing?

4. Finally get those DIY jobs done

  

You might have hoped that deciding to move meant you could forget about those niggly DIY jobs once and for all, but every small little issue can make a difference to a buyer. A broken lightbulb, cracked tile, chipped paint job or dripping tap can be off-putting enough to give a bad impression of your home, so why not do a full check yourself beforehand and repair anything that needs fixing?

5. Give each room a purpose

  

Selling a home means selling a dream: showcasing how a buyer could use that home if it belonged to them. This dream doesn’t necessarily look like the way people actually live their lives. You might have used your dining room as an office space during lockdown but be sure to set it up as a dining room again for viewings. The same goes for spare rooms that have become dumping grounds, which need to be stripped back to their original purpose so buyers can see what they could be.

5. Give each room a purpose

  

Selling a home means selling a dream: showcasing how a buyer could use that home if it belonged to them. This dream doesn’t necessarily look like the way people actually live their lives. You might have used your dining room as an office space during lockdown but be sure to set it up as a dining room again for viewings. The same goes for spare rooms that have become dumping grounds, which need to be stripped back to their original purpose so buyers can see what they could be.

6. Make sure the price is right

  

When you decide to sell your home, you’ll probably have a price in mind, which will be influenced both by what you originally paid and how much money you need to buy your next home. But if you set the wrong price, you may struggle to sell it at all. Getting an independent valuation is the way forwards and you may want to get as many as three different estate agents to offer you a valuation, plus you can do your own research on what homes around you have sold for on Rightmove or Zoopla.

6. Make sure the price is right

  

When you decide to sell your home, you’ll probably have a price in mind, which will be influenced both by what you originally paid and how much money you need to buy your next home. But if you set the wrong price, you may struggle to sell it at all. Getting an independent valuation is the way forwards and you may want to get as many as three different estate agents to offer you a valuation, plus you can do your own research on what homes around you have sold for on Rightmove or Zoopla.

7. Get help if you need it

  

Selling your home isn’t always an easy process and if it’s holding up your dream move it can be an infuriating experience. That’s why we offer our Move Easy service, where we’ll help you to find the right estate agent – even paying their fees - the right price and the right buyer on your behalf. This offer is only available on limited developments and plots, so why not talk to our Sales Advisor at the development you’re interested in to find out more?

7. Get help if you need it

  

Selling your home isn’t always an easy process and if it’s holding up your dream move it can be an infuriating experience. That’s why we offer our Move Easy service, where we’ll help you to find the right estate agent – even paying their fees - the right price and the right buyer on your behalf. This offer is only available on limited developments and plots, so why not talk to our Sales Advisor at the development you’re interested in to find out more?

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