6 Tips to Make Your Home More Appealing to Potential Buyers

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When it comes to selling your home, you might go through a process of staging it to make it sell faster. This is where you make home improvements and changes so that it’s appealing to potential buyers. And, if you want the best results, you’re going to need to make sure that you’re not missing a trick when it comes to improving your home. You’ll need to think about how each space can be utilised in the best way possible. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some ways you can make your property look more valuable so that it’s not on the market for long!

1. Declutter

A living room with vintage yellow furniture and Moldabela rug.

One of the first things you should be doing is going around your home and decluttering. When potential buyers are viewing your home, they will want to envision what it’s going to be like living in that space. And, when there’s a lot of clutter about, it can be difficult. However, be careful not to overdo it. Your home, while it needs to be tidy and free of clutter, also needs to look lived in. 

If you don’t want to permanently get rid of the “clutter” in your home, consider temporarily moving it elsewhere. You could store it at a friend’s house or move it to a storage unit nearby. If you’re happy to let some belongings go, consider donating them or selling them locally to make a little bit of extra money. Either way, the extra space in your home will instantly make it look better.

2. Add luxury features

Add luxury bedding to your home like this Tielle Classic Hotel Bedlinen

If there’s one thing that all property buyers have in common, it’s that they look for luxury features that they might enjoy if they were to buy the property. So, that’s why it’s a good idea to add in some luxury features to make it more appealing to potential buyers. Things like an outdoor kitchen or a fitted walk in wardrobe are great examples of this. Why choose a walk in wardrobe? Well, not only can it add value to your home but it also adds extra storage space, which will also be an attractive feature for potential buyers.

One thing to remember when adding luxury features in your home for the staging process is to consider all of your upgrades beforehand. Ask yourself if the cost of the upgrade is going to pay off in the long run. If the answer is no, you’re probably better off investing that money elsewhere in your home.

3. New paint

A stylish living room featuring a briiv, dark teal wall, white shelving unit with various decorative items, a brown leather sofa with yellow and teal cushions, and a black fireplace.

While you should embrace your personal taste when it comes to the decor in your home, it’s not going to suit everyone. So, if you’ve painted the walls bright orange, you might want to consider repainting so that it’s going to appeal to more buyers. Choosing a neutral and light colour also provides potential buyers with a blank canvas, which will allow them to easily envision themselves living in your space.

You might also want to consider painting the exterior of your home too, including the door. The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so you’ll need to make a good first impression. Just be sure to fill in any holes before painting so that you have a pristine finish to your home.

4. Do those odd jobs

Everyone has them; those odd jobs that need doing around the home that realistically won’t take very long, yet always seem to fall to the bottom of the to do list. Well, now is the time to tick them off. Fix the doorknob and tighten that hinge that came loose. It might not matter to you, but potential buyers may notice these things, which could be off putting. The last thing buyers want to do is have to worry about fixing things that the previous owners neglected to do.

It’s also a good psychological tip too. Potential buyers’ perception of the cost of work can be greatly inflated. So all those small jobs add up, both in terms of time and money, in their heads. If you get them done in advance, you take away something that can be used to barter on the house price.

And, while you’re at it, give your home a deep clean too. That means dusting the skirting boards and hiring a carpet cleaner to bring out any stains. It’ll make a world of difference to how potential buyers view your home.

5. Tidy the garden

Outdoor patio area with out and out garden furniture and a large umbrella on a sunny day.

There’s a good chance that the people that buy your property from you will want to make changes. However, it’s still important to make sure that everything looks as good as possible. Trim hedges, rake leaves, and pull weeds in your garden to make it look as tidy as possible.

If you have some garden furniture, lay it out to encourage the idea of relaxed, lifestyle living. Show the buyers how they can ‘live’ in your home, and how they would make it their own.

6. Make it smell amazing

Finally, the smell of your home does actually matter, so you’ll need to put some effort into how good it smells too. You can do this using reed diffusers or plug in air fresheners. Either way, the better it smells, the more inviting it will feel to potential buyers! I’ve just tried out a new refillable candle from a fabulous small brand, Great House Farm Stores, and love the fresh, spring scent. Smells have a very powerful effect on people, and could create some strong emotions when potential buyers visit your home.

You might also like:

5 Ways to Make your Home More Attractive to Buyers

How to Stage your Home for Selling


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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