If you're looking to sell your home fast, the photographs used on your online listing should present your property from all its best angles
With more than 98 per cent of buyers clicking on to the internet to search for their new homes, the first few seconds’ viewing has become make or break.
Check local homes for sale on the web and you will see some showing bright, sunny rooms with a minimum of clutter, flowers on the table and fresh towels and bedding.
The next photo down could be a dingy house with unmade beds, dirty dishing in the sink, washing on the line and toys and clothes left lying around.
The first will instantly catch the eye of potential buyers, while the second will turn them off just as quickly.
All this means that today you have to take an active part in selling your home and learn to market it. Put yourself in the place of buyers and imagine you are seeing your house for the first time.
Shona Bates, of SMB Interior Design , specialises in helping people sell their homes by presenting them so that they appeal to the maximum number of buyers.
She says: “The key to best presenting a house for sale is to tidy, declutter, clean, neutralise the decor, fix minor repairs, decorate if appropriate and subtly accessorise.”
Ms Bruce offers these top five tips for readying your home for sale:
Follow these rules, make sure your home is looking at its best, and you are ready to show to potential buyers.
Online estate agent YOPA says that when providing details of a property you should supply as much information as possible to attract buyers, so think about your home’s best selling points.
For instance, is there parking available? Is there potential in the future to extend the house or add a conservatory? Does the building have any period features? If you have a garden, what makes it special?
Of course, in online listings the pictures are by far the most important part so it is worth having professional photos taken. YOPA says that its photographers use wide-angle lens to give viewers the best impression of properties.
Most sellers also take advantage of its range of optional extras.
YOPA managing director Daniel Attia says: “We offer an easy-to-read floor plan, a 360-degree virtual tour and a premium listing on the three main property portals, Rightmove, Prime Location and Zoopla, which guarantees your home will be seen by 30 per cent more people.
“All these could help boost your viewings and help you to sell your home fast.
“In addition, sellers can also choose to have a for sale sign, as the local market still matters and the buyer you are looking for might just turn out to be one of your neighbours.” Book a FREE initial meeting with a qualified mortgage broke r at GRD Financial Services to see what you could afford and what lenders are available.