What is my house worth?
It’s not always easy to keep track of the fluctuations within the property market that affect the value of your home. But if you’re thinking of selling, you’ll most likely find yourself asking “exactly what is my house worth?”.
Of course, the answer you receive is not always the one you want to hear. So instead, try asking “how much could my house be worth?”.
Potential homebuyers tend to view a number of properties before settling on the one that best suits their needs – but despite the complexities involved, most buyers make their mind up within the first 11 seconds of a viewing. So why is this?
Ultimately, as with all things in life, the initial taste is in the eye. It can be the small subtleties such as the inclusion of hanging baskets by the entrance exhibiting flowers in bloom; it could be the beautiful finish on the window frames; or it could simply be something imperceptible that you can’t quite put your finger on.
Surely then, it’s worth paying attention to those small details that can ensure your home won’t spend days, weeks, or even months in an agent’s window being repeatedly ignored by potential buyers until the asking price is reduced. So if you want to sell your house fast, and at a good price, below are a few tips to get you started.
Get your clippers ready
When a vendor asks themselves “what is my house worth?”, they tend to base their opinion on the interior of their home – often forgetting that the garden is part of the property too. Simply keeping the lawn mown, dead-heading the flowers and weeding the plant beds can reaffirm the buyer’s hopes that the seller takes good care of their home, inside and out.
A stylish finish
For many homeowners, a door is simply a door. Most of the time we don’t even notice it, but after years of use, front doors and window frames alike can become weathered, and the finish itself unattractive. A little touch up with either paint or varnish can really help complete the idyllic look you’re going for, as well as ensuring the property lives up to its asking price.
A book WILL be judged by its cover
We’re all a little judgemental inside, whether we like to admit it or not. When we walk past a dirty car in the street it’s hard not to imagine the kind of person who maintains it – and the same is true for a house. If you’re looking to sell, a great way to advertise the fact that you care about your home is to hire a professional window cleaner to give your home a once-over, inside and out.
An uncluttered façade
Similarly, if a prospective buyer sees pictures of your home online with window sills filled with books amongst other random objects, it makes it harder for them to picture themselves living there. By simply clearing the decks, adding a little furniture polish and the inclusion of a neutral but fitting ornament can really make your home stand out among the competition.
Of course, no buyer is going to give you the time of day if the interior of your home doesn’t match up, so it’s important to do a little renovation inside too – but with a little thought, a great first impression will always help a buyer to justify the price tag.
So next time you ask yourself “what is my house worth?”, remember that the care and effort you invest in your home adds a little intrinsic value itself.
Not getting any viewings? Why not ask National Homebuyers for advice, as we buy any house. Call 08000 443 911 or request a call back to find out how much you could get for your property.