10 Tips to sell your house quicker

At todays market, it is not easy to sell your house. Below you will find ten tips to make your house more attractive to future buyers.

TIP 1 TAKE A CRITICAL LOOK AT YOUR HOME

Look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer. Start outside and walk your way inside and see if there are already things that draw your attention. If so, change them.

TIP 2 CLEAN UP YOUR HOUSE

The first impression of your house is very important. It is very difficult for a potential buyer to see the possibilities of your house if they have to look through an untidy house. So empty tables, put knickknacks in boxes and store them away, tidy up open cupboards, bring empty bottles to the bottle bank and don’t leave dirty laundry lying around. A clean and tidy house will show its potential, if future buyers have to look through a mess, they will miss it.

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A beautiful example of a well styled house on sale at Maxéa

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This lovely villa is situated in the heart of the Minervois

TIP 3 CREATE SPACE

Most people are looking for more space when they want to buy a house. This is a good moment to already move or store some of your belongings. Buyers want to see the space they might want to buy, they won’t be able to see this space if it is full of furniture and personal belongings. Therefore remove unnecessary accessories and furniture with no specific function.

TIP 4 CLEARLY DEFINE THE DIFFERENT LIVING AREAS

In order to give a clear look on your house, it is best to define each room of your home clearly. There are rooms to cook, eat, relax, sleep, etc. If potential buyers see a computer in your bedroom, or an ironing board in the study, they might think there aren’t enough rooms and your house is too small.

TIP 5 DO SMALL REPAIRS

Fix that leaking tap, loose door knob or squeaky door. Small chores that might cost a few 100 euros in total, but that can make a big difference on the selling price. In addition, you avoid the potential buyer to get the idea that complete renovations have to be implemented as the house is well taken care of. This can also have an adverse effect on your sales opportunities and the final price. If you do not have much time yourself, you should hire a contractor to do these repairs. It will cost about 1 % of the selling price, but will earn itself back easily. Big home make-overs are not necessary though, they will cost a lot of money and do not pay back most of the times.

TIP 6 MAKE YOUR HOME NEUTRAL

If your house is very personal, this might scare off future buyers. It is much easier for them to see the potential of your house if the decoration is neutral. So remove personal accessories like pictures or child drawings. Another tip is to give the kitchen a contemporary look, for example by simply replacing the cabinet doors or paint them. Dated tiling in the bathroom can be easily painted with a special coating. Simple and not very expensive tips to neutralize your house. In terms of colors, neutral and natural colors appeal more than bright and flashy colors.

TIP 7 LIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME

Fresh and light walls create space and will make it easier for the people to imagine their own furniture in their future home. Also literally bring light in your home by opening curtains and blinds and let the light in. If there is light in your home, this will make your rooms look bigger.

TIP 8 BRING ATMOSPHERE IN YOUR HOME

The art of bringing your house to live and make it attractive for future buyers, is to bring atmosphere in your home. This should be in little things, like putting up nice kitchen towels. If you don’t live in the house yourself, still leave some furniture. Completely empty homes will sell a lot more difficult as they lack atmosphere.

TIP 9 THINK ABOUT YOUR GARDEN

No matter how nice and inviting your house looks, if the garden is a mess, people could have a bad first impression. Make sure your garden is neat, that the weeds are removed, bushes and trees are well trimmed, the swimming pool is clean, and people will get a much better first impression.

TIP 10 MAKE SURE THE PICTURES OF YOUR HOUSE ARE THE BEST

Before your agents comes to make pictures of your house, make sure your house looks at its best. These pictures are very important, as they have to make future buyers decide whether or not they would like to visit your house. If the pictures are attractive and show all the potential of your house well, you will get more visits.

Maxéa will be more than happy to help you with presenting your house at its best. Please contact us at +33 (0)4 67 24 82 42.

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Another house for sale at Maxéa with a different style

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A contemporary custom-designed villa 30 minutes from Béziers

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