Whilst demand in the property market continues to outstrip supply and many properties sell quickly, if you’ve considered a sale of your home and believe you’ll have buyers queuing up to view it, you’ll be well-placed to take a step back and ensure it’s presented to its very best potential.
There is joint responsibility for this – it’s not simply a case of making sure your dirty clothes are hidden away, the toilet seat is down and last night’s left-over curry has been disposed of. You should also seek to engage an agent who will work with you to guarantee that your home stands out from the crowd. An agent who, if needed, will challenge how you present your home and ensure it’s not camera shy.
Natural beauty shines through and that’s the case whether you’re a supermodel or a residential property. Most of us cast an air of cynicism when flicking through a magazine full of flawless models with impossible figures and the same can be said for properties. Simply, a super wide-angle or fish eye shot of a room will be misleading and could disappoint viewers once they realise in real life that it’s simply not that large.
Properties that are shot bathed in natural sunlight with a bright blue sky behind will consequently benefit from an eye-catching exterior shot. It’s worth remembering though that this weather won’t last and the motives of any agent who suggests photoshopping the garden to look greener or the sky to look bluer should be questioned.
Of course, there’s a certain responsibility on you the seller too and any reputable agent will you remind you of these points.
First impressions count! Keep the front of the house clutter-free to maximise kerb appeal; clean the front door and windows; remove dead plants and sweep up any leaves. Bikes, toys and garden tools should be stored out of sight and, if possible, you should move wheelie bins out of the way too. If your property has a drive, park vehicles elsewhere whilst photos are taken.
Inside, ensure that rooms are decluttered, curtains and blinds are opened and soft furnishings are neat and tidy. Laundry left out is a big no-no and both the kitchen and bathroom should be sparkling clean.
You may not be a keen photographer yourself but when you consider that properties with expertly taken photos can sell 30% faster than those that don’t, you should ask yourself which agent will take the pictures that present your home with the necessary ‘wow factor’ to make it stand out from the crowd.
Andrews has over 50 branches across the South of England and if you’re considering a sale and want to know what improvements could be made so your property is picture perfect, then pop in and chat with your local team who’ll be happy to help.