Selling your home? Help it to stand out from the crowd...

September 26th 2013
By: Melanie Hollidge
Selling your home? Help it to stand out from the crowd...

In a competitive market it’s vital that you make your home stand out from the rest, and this isn’t necessarily about having the latest kitchen appliance, or inbuilt home cinema system.Sometimes it can be down to making sure you present your home to the highest possible standard, bearing in mind who your intended buyer is.
The first thing to do is to work out which market you are aiming to attract to your home. Are you aiming your home at the family market, young professional or the older market?
Make sure you give each room in your house a purpose. If you are aiming at a young professional then space to have a home office is probably essential.  So if you have a small box room that you are currently using for storage, then think about presenting it as a home study.  However if you have a home that you are marketing as a family house then it would be best to put in a bed, as most families will look for bedroom space, depending on the amount of bedrooms your home offers. The category buyer you aim your house at will also depend on the size, price and location of your property.  If you are unsure then ask a local reputable estate agent such as Goodfellows.
We have put together a short selling check list for you:
• Eating - buyers like to be able to entertain in the kitchen - young professionals will require at least a small breakfast bar, or a place to put a table in the kitchen where they can entertain and cook. For most families a large kitchen diner is high on the list, as it fits a busy family lifestyle.
• Gardens – young professionals will probably want a low maintenance and well managed garden.  Families will desire easy access from the house to the garden, so steps to the garden can be a bit off putting, but if you have some, make sure they are safe and in good condition.
• Storage - it’s important to provide enough storage space, whether this comes in the form of a boarded out loft, garage or large shed.  Enough cupboards throughout the home will be an important factor.
• Dress your home - if you have windows without curtains, put some up. Half-finished DIY projects, damp issues, too much clutter - any of these factors can be a real turn off to buyers.
• Maximise the light – make sure your window coverings allow enough light to enter your home.  Just cleaning the windows can make a huge difference.  For buyers in the UK, having light and airy rooms is really important.
• Kitchens and bathrooms - you will need to make sure that these look the best they possibly can.  Any potential buyer will know that if they have to refit either of these rooms, then they will be expensive to update.  However if you do have an old kitchen or bathroom and don’t wish to change it, make sure you reflect this in the selling price.
These are just a few ways in which you can make your house stand out from the crowd, if you would like more information on this or any other aspect of selling your home, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local branch of Goodfellows.

The property featured is a family home in Carshalton Village/Beeches for offers in excess of £600,000:

  • Beautifully Presented Five Bedroom Home
  • Highly Sough After Location
  • Summer House
  • Stunning Rear Garden
  • Master With En-suite Shower Room
  • Conservatory

A stunning family home in a great location! This property offers versatility and spacious accommodation, three reception rooms and a very good size kitchen/diner plus conservatory. The upstairs comprises five double bedrooms, two en suite shower rooms and a family bathroom. Carshalton Village/Beeches offers good schooling, transport links, cafe's and restaurants but if outside is your thing then there are many parks and Oaks Park golf course.