Following previous posts about how to make a great first impression when selling your home where we talked about the importance of quality photography and ‘pavement appeal’ for your property, today we’ll be discussing the importance of decluttering and depersonalising. Remember, the key is to think like a buyer. Get inside their head and see your home through their eyes.

The rules to styling the outside of your house are exactly the same as they are inside, declutter and depersonalise.
Declutter
With less than a minute to make a great first impression, you have to make sure nothing gets in the way of a prospective buyer making an offer. Move the rubbish bins or recycling tubs out of the way and tidy up the garden. If it’s covered in weeds, take the time to pull them up and think about putting stones down - they’re an inexpensive alternative to laying paving and can hide a multitude of sins. Cut the lawn and trim the hedge, and if you have one, make sure the garden gate isn’t loose or in need of painting. Finally, make sure you clear out your gutters – a prospective buyer is going to notice if there’s something growing out of them.

Depersonalise
You want to make it as easy as possible for buyers to envisage themselves coming home to your property every day. So remove anything that could act as a barrier to their imagination. If possible, move your car so they can picture their own car in the drive. And if you have any decorations in your front garden make sure they could be of everyone’s tastes. Sorry, any cute gnomes will have to go. Make the styling neutral, fresh and clean.

If you would like any help on making that all important first impression, give me a call on 0115 9629770 and I’d be more than happy to help. I look forward to hearing from you.

Phil Wardle, Sales Manager - Striving to treat every property as if it is our own.

 

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