In the run up to Christmas, you will probably be wondering what 2017 could hold for you and your loved ones and it is quite possible that searching for your dream home in the new year could be on the cards. So what can you get working on over the Christmas period to make your home spick and span for the new year sale?
With many years of experience under our belt here at Peter Lane, we have gained a good understanding of what people look for when buying a home. Surprisingly small adjustments to your space can sometimes cut off time when selling your home. Here are our top tips:
Light it up
Colour is a universal, non-verbal language and we all know how to speak it. The colour you paint your walls isn’t just a matter of aesthetics, it’s a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotion and behaviour. Warm tones like red, yellow and orange as well as earthy tones like beige and brown help create a sense of warmth and favours people’s connection to a space. Having light, neutral colours will help create an illusion of space and light for smaller areas. Home-buyers commonly search for a house with lots of light, as this is not only an emotion regulator linked to happiness and well-being but also a great energy saver.
Your front door could be the key to your sale
It’s always been said, “first impressions count” so make the exterior of your home clean and fresh, make sure that all bulbs are working especially on these dark winter evenings. Well-known plants in any beds on your front garden are a great idea too. Recent research found that when people saw plants they didn’t recognise they believed it to Japanese Knotweed, which is commonly known for strangling other plants in your garden. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the most common plants found in a garden are Mexican Orange Blossom and Firethorn which look beautiful all year around but especially in the winter months.
Say goodbye to clutter
If you have clutter in your home, make sure that this is cleared away before potential viewers arrive. Lingering clutter will lead people to think that the house lacks efficient storage. The internet and Youtube is full of clever ideas to store away difficult items. The use of baskets and furniture with storage is a great way of hiding those cables that you can’t make look neat or DVDs that you no longer want on show. It is also the perfect moment to take advantage of your own move and throw anything out that you no longer use, which consequently means less things to move.
Recent research found that the biggest turn off for people when looking for a home were dirty kitchens and bathrooms, along with undated decor and unkempt gardens. A clean home will show the buyer that you care and that you have looked after the house whilst living there and will be an indicator to them of the upkeep on other areas of the house.
It is key that people are able to visualise the space as their own future home, so making it look inviting and homely has never been more important.
With all these tasks completed, all is left to do is sit back and have a warming cup of tea and let us do the rest of the work. Our expert team will provide the best service in showing your home to potential buyers and highlighting its features so you don’t have to. As always, here at Peter Lane, we are proud to provide a high level of customer service to our clients for more than 25 years. Don’t take our word for it, read our customer testimonials here:
Looking to sell your home? Contact your local branch today to speak to one of our expert team.