Purchasing a house is never an easy task and the evolving market conditions and customer preferences make it so much trickier than it used to be. It certainly wouldn’t be an understatement to say that almost everyone wants to own their own home at some point in their life.
There are some basics that the majority of us are aware of when buying a home. Location is hugely important for most of us, meaning that we won’t want to buy a home that is a considerable distance away from our workplace. That dreaded commute to work plays a huge role in determining where we want to live.
Apart from this, there are some common property turn-offs that can and often do put potential buyers off properties they are considering buying. To ensure that this doesn’t happen to you if you’re trying to sell up, Saturn Interiors have put together a quick guide on property turn-offs and how to avoid them.
A Bad Smell…
Let’s face it – smell is a pretty important factor in all areas of life. We don’t like spending time with people that smell bad, we won’t eat meals that don’t appeal to our sense of smell and similarly, a bad smelling home will not result in you having people queueing at your doors to buy it.
If your home smells like cigarette smoke or damp whilst you have it on the market, the chance of you selling your property will decrease – and certainly at your asking price.
With that in mind, if you plan to put your home on the market, it’s important that you make sure it smells as welcoming as possible. Eliminate all bad odours and invest in some good diffusers and air freshener for around the house.
But make sure that you don’t overdo it otherwise an interested buyer might wonder what you’re trying to hide.
Cheap, Poorly Executed Renovations
Often, households in a bid to save as much money as possible undergo cheap renovations that rarely turn out how originally expected. Cutting corners short term can end up costing you a lot more in the grand scheme of things, so if you have committed to renovating certain areas in your home, speak with experienced professionals who have the expertise to offer suggestions suited to your budget.
The Outside Just Doesn’t Do Your Home Justice
Granted, there is a time and place when we should not judge a book by its cover, but when it comes buying a house, the majority of us definitely judge it before we’ve even set a foot inside. In fact, it would be fair to say that many of us have already decided if we don’t want to buy a house based entirely on how it looks from the outside.
First impressions count, so make sure that you’re giving the best one possible. There is a high degree of importance placed on how a house looks from the outside, so even if your home is super attractive on the inside, you might find there’s less interest because of its exterior.
An overgrown garden outside with chipped window frames and bad paintwork is not going to scream “buy me!”, so work on making the exterior of your home look aesthetically pleasing. Once you’ve got the outside of your home looking perfect, reach out to some experienced interior designers to replicate the same level of quality inside.
Declutter – No One Likes A Hoarder
On the whole, your house might appear clean but if your lounge is full of stacks of books and other unnecessary items, what might be relatively large rooms will suddenly feel small and claustraphobic.
If there are large items in your home that you can’t do without that you aren’t currently using, consider putting these items in storage whilst trying to sell your home.
For advice on how to successfully transform your home so its ready to be sold at your asking price, get in touch with the interior design experts at Saturn Interiors.