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7 Seconds To Sell: How To Make A Powerful First Impression

You’ve found your dream home and you can’t wait to move in. You’ve spent hours thinking about that spacious new kitchen and even have the paint colour picked for the front room – ‘Subtle Sage” to be exact. The problem is, your own house just isn’t selling. Of course, this may be due to an unpredictable market, but there are some simple, sale-worthy changes you can make, that are often overlooked.

Buyers form a first impression of a house within seconds of walking through your front door. In fact, research shows that we form a lasting impression of something in just 7 seconds!1

So, what can you do to make your house stand out from the start and speed up that house sale? Here’s 5 powerful tips to help move the process along without breaking the bank.

Up The Kerb Appeal and Tidy Up The Front

Make sure you give your front door and the windows at the front of your property a good clean. If you have a front garden, spend some time making it look presentable. This can be a simple trim of any overhanging trees or large bushes. Not only do overgrown gardens look messy from the outside, they can also block light from the property and make it feel dark and unwelcoming.

During summer months, make sure the grass and hedges are regularly cut. If you don’t have time to cut the whole lawn because of a flash viewing, a top tip is to neaten off the edges only, with a large blunt spade to create the illusion of a tidy lawn.

Research has shown that adding a Japanese Maple tree can add a whopping £8,500 to the value of your home!

Clear Out The Clutter

Never under estimate the power of a clutter-free, room.  Getting rid of mess has the added advantage of helping you clear out what you don’t want ready for the big move as well and make your house appear larger and more neutral.

A hallway may always look a little cramped, yet, add clutter to this space and you are likely to make even the most welcoming of entrances appear small.

Unwanted furniture, children’s toys that are no longer played with or unused gym equipment, can be taken to the charity shop or stacked away in stylish storage boxes, leaving you with the illusion of more space where it is limited.

Do Away With The Dog Odour

You love your pet and enjoy the company they provide. Yet potential buyers could be allergic or find that doggy smell you have become accustomed to somewhat off-putting. Confining your pet to one room or removing them from the house altogether, is advisable when you have viewings – just to be on the safe side.

Animals can also take attention away for your property. Consider leaving them with a neighbour or family member, so potential buyers keep focused on what is to love about your home.

Sort Those DIY Issues

Getting those small issues sorted before putting your house on the market is a smart idea. Those jobs you haven’t got around to, such as filling in those holes in walls, re-grouting and resealing around the bath, are just two examples of small jobs that you can do yourself, that will go a long way to improve the appearance of your property.

Revert That “Man- Cave” Back To Its Original Use

Used the dining room as a gym? The spare bedroom as an office? Or that back room as a man-cave? Try to put these rooms back to the use that they were originally intended for if you can, so your prospective buyer can envisage your house to its full potential with them living in it.

Want to sell your house? Discover how Ellis Hay can help. Contact our friendly team today.


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