"Lockdown has had a huge impact on consumer preference. In fact, according to research nearly half of buyers now require a home with a garden."
Ross Counsell, Goodmove
Lockdown has had a huge impact on consumer preference. In fact, according to research nearly half (42%) of buyers now require a home with a garden.
With Google searches for “house with garden” up 260% YoY in April, and more space indoors now at the forefront of buyers’ minds there’s no denying that flats can’t always offer these amenities. To add, the most sought-after property types being enquired about are now houses and bungalows, with all types of flat dropping out of the top five.
It takes 50 days, on average, for a flat or house to sell. But, if the demand for flats continues to decrease, the timeframe will be much longer. Therefore to help those looking to sell their flat quick, we at Good Move have unveiled tips on how to present your apartment to potential buyers.
Before you open your flat for viewings, give it a deep clean. This means getting rid of any limescale and mould, waxing your wooden floors, and scrubbing your oven until it shines. If your carpets and curtains are looking a little worse for wear, then it’s worth bringing in a professional to clean them. The slight cost you will incur will more than outweigh the probability of your flat selling faster. Make sure you also clean your flat regularly in between views, and consider hanging clean towels in your bathroom, and buying fresh flowers to brighten the place up and make it look more appealing.
Fix the little things
The longer you live in a place, the more wear-and-tear will occur. While you may not notice these things, prospective buyers will. So, whether you have a cracked bathroom tile or scuff marks on the wall, make sure you get them fixed.
Have a clear-out
Take the time to have a clear out. Removing clutter will not only make your flat look bigger, but it’ll also save you hassle in the long run, as you won’t have to haul excess belongings to your new place.
Avoid too much personalisation
The last thing you want is your flat to look sterile and unlived in, but if your flat is too personalised (think walls full of family photos or children’s’ toys lying around), then it can make it more difficult for prospective buyers to imagine themselves moving in. If you have the time, then consider repainting your walls in neutral colours, to help prospective buyers get creative with the opportunities your flat holds.
Banish any pet odours or stains
With 44% of UK households pet owners 5, it’s fair to say we’re a nation of animal lovers. However, pet-related stains and odours can be very off-putting for viewers, especially if you’re living in a smaller space, like a flat. Bad odours are one of the biggest turn-offs for would-be buyers; so, make sure your plumbing is working, and take the bins out before a viewing. You might also want to light some candles, or open the windows to let some fresh air in.
For further information about selling your flat quick, go to: https://goodmove.co.uk/blog/selling-advice/top-tips-on-how-to-sell-your-flat-fast/#tips