When it comes to selling your home, one of the first things most people focus on is getting property ready for potential buyers.
A lick of paint here, a few swift and easy repairs there, a whizz round with the vacuum cleaner and air freshener before a viewing and Bob’s your uncle.
But what about the things potential buyers won’t see? There are quite a few features your home may have which can be great selling point – but they’ll remain invisible if you don’t draw attention to them.
Here’s a list of eight to get you started:
Internet speed, phone signal and Ethernet cable sockets
Do you know what internet speed you can achieve from your home? It’s certainly to your advantage if you can rattle it out as soon as you’re asked. Hesitation or not knowing may be taken as an implication that it’s not great. What about the mobile phone signal? Do you know if Vodafone, O2 or EE is best? And where are your Ethernet cable sockets? Is there just one or do you have a few dotted around the house, allowing you to have more than one wifi router or cable connection to the internet? If you can check in advance and point them out as you tour your home, it might help to impress a tech-savvy buyer.
Rightmove is already on to this and buyers can now check Ofsted rankings for local schools at the click of a mouse when they visit the property portal online. But, if schools nearest you are rated “good” or “outstanding” have you thought about having website addresses ready to give to potential buyers? It’s a thoughtful touch which might prove to be another tick in a box.
We all know the words from the soap opera song but one of the biggest reservations buyers often have is about who they’re going to have living next door. If you get on with your neighbours, why not let them know that you have a viewing lined up? If you can persuade them to say a cheery hello it might help to slay that particular demon early on, and may well ease the path to an offer.
They’re often shoved through your letterbox anyway but, if you’re thinking of selling your home, why not collect a few leaflets and menus from takeaways, hairdressers, nurseries or shops in the area? It’s also useful if you can add a few business cards for trusted tradesmen you may have had to call on such as a plumber, electrician or window cleaner and have them ready to hand to a potential buyer.
Plants and shrubs
A potential buyer is only going to see your garden at the time of year when you’re selling so, if you have flowering plants and shrubs, why not do a rough sketch of where they are, what they are and what needs to be done to stop them dying off? For example, if the viewing is in October, buyers are not going to know about a bed full of daffodil and crocus bulbs so a photocopy of a garden plan and some basic instructions may help.
Water and sewerage
Did you know, if rainwater from your gutters and drainpipes doesn’t flow into a public sewer, you can apply for a discount from your water and sewerage bill? If you didn’t, it could be worth checking. Also, do you have a water meter? Generally, water bills for those who do are considerably lower than those who pay a monthly flat fee so it could be worth mentioning during a viewing.
As ever, we’re here to help if you have any further questions about getting your home ready for the market. Feel free to give us a call or drop us a line or just click over to our “How To…” page for some helpful video guides: http://www.esaleuk.com/how-to-videos/