New Year is the perfect time to put your property on the market, since buyers’ desire to find new homes are usually renewed over the Christmas period. Statistics from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has shown that there is usually a 10% increase of buyers in January, compared with December making it a great time to get your home on the market.
To help you get ahead of the pack, Mulberry Homes teamed up with coveted regional interior designer Zoe Hubbard and together shared their top tips in preparing homes for sale in order to take advantage of the bustling New Year market.
Zoe Hubbard from Zoe Hubbard Interior Design advises:
It is paramount that potentials buyers are able to visualise themselves in your new home so clear away all clutter. If you are serious about staging your home, all clutter must go. Cleaning is another must. From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle.
Strike a balance between clean and lived-in. Bring back a few elements that will really make your home more appealing. Think vases of cut flowers, a bowl of lemons beside the sink …perhaps even dress the dining table.
Rearrange your furniture. In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually work well. Pull your furniture off the walls and use pairs (of sofas, chairs, lamps) to create an inviting conversation area.
Choose sophisticated neutral colours. Now is not the time to experiment with that fun looking lime green. But that doesn’t mean you need to go all white, either. Rich mid-tone neutrals like mocha and “griege” create a sophisticated backdrop that makes everything look more pulled together.
While you may be a dog or cat to love, a potential buyer might not be. So freshen up your home before viewing by opening windows and removing any pet items. Bringing certain smells into space can immediately impact your mood. Whatever your particular nose prefers, smells do enhance comfort and happiness, which is where you want your potential buyers to be. Opt for neutral scents and light some scented candles.
Textiles are very important to designers but don’t just consider how they look and whether they match your design, think too about how they feel. These choices can evoke different feelings and can affect the overall impact of a room. You can turn space into a room families will actually spend time in just by making the right fabric choices for sofas and chairs.
Kerry Jones, Head of Sales at Mulberry Homes adds:
Mulberry Homes has a number of selected plots across the portfolio eligible for our hassle-free Part Exchange scheme, meaning we could be your guaranteed buyer. Mulberry’s part exchange scheme means that your big move doesn’t need to be a big deal. We’ll value your property, put in an offer within a few days and put the value of your property towards your new Mulberry home – no hassle, no chains and no estate agent fees.
In addition, finding the right agent for your property is crucial. Make sure you do your research by asking how many properties they’ve sold and requesting comparables to better understand your position. An agent with experience in the area you are selling is essential as they will be perfectly placed to advise on local schools, transport links and how the area has developed over the years.
View all our new homes here and contact us to discover if you are eligible for Part Exchange on one of our beautiful new homes by calling 01582 797 562.