We know from years and year of experience in selling and letting properties across London that first impressions really do count. And despite the current situation, you may find that with a small amounts of effort you can give your property a completely fresh look.
Here are eight tips from the KFH team on how you can improve the appeal of your property during lockdown.
1. Step outside
First impressions shouldn’t be underestimated, so look critically at the outside of your house. Does the front door need painting? Is the path clear and free of cracks? Are plants and trees neatly trimmed? This is your chance to make a killer first impression, so use it!
2. Sort the small stuff
Touch up paintwork and fix cracked tiles, loose door handles or dripping taps. They may seem like minor quibbles, but they’ll set alarm bells ringing for a potential buyer or tenant, who’ll wonder what else hasn’t been maintained.
3. Show people how they can live in your home
It’s not just about bricks and mortar, you’re also selling a lifestyle, so create a space they won’t be able to resist. This time can be used to enhance the space you have; turn a barren patio into an outdoor entertaining space, present that unused reception as a family friendly dining space or show a box room as a smart home office.
4. Declutter, declutter, declutter
Too much stuff makes your home seem small and crowded, and will leave potential buyers or tenants thinking the house lacks storage. Pare down your belongings as much as possible, and get organising the clutter into boxes for a more ordered appearance.
5. Let there be light
Make rooms look big, bright and welcoming with good lighting. Swap your bulbs for high-wattage ones and add extra table and floor lamps to illuminate dark corners and soften the central light.
6. Accessorise all areas
You don’t have to splash out on brand new fixtures and fittings – accessories can go a long way to smartening up any space. In the bathroom, a new white shower curtain can update an old bath, while a stack of coordinating fluffy towels, candles and decorative storage baskets will create a spa-like feel for minimal outlay.
7. Take time to improve traffic flow
Spend some time moving around your home. If the movement makes sense (with limited obstacles), it’s looking promising. Rooms should flow smoothly from one to the other – if so, the space has been utilised properly. You might need to reconfigure some furniture pre-viewing, but adjustments to your home’s flow could be the deciding factor. Straight lines always help – neat square or oblong furnishings will help utilise the space you’ve already got.
8. Give your outside space some much needed attention
Your outside space is highly desirable, so show it the love it deserves. Get weeding, paint the fences and clear out any unnecessary items to show off this increasingly valuable space. Freshen up your plant pots and furniture, you’ll be surprised to see how quickly you can turn outside space into a little sanctuary.