by Housesimple on 27th April 2016
If you’re looking to sell your home fast, you don’t have to be at the mercy of the market. Choose the right design features and you could attract more buyers and speed up the selling process.
Get kerb appeal
Buyers decide whether they like the exterior of your home within just 10 seconds, and almost 50% would put in an offer below the asking price if your home has no kerb appeal.
To give your home a face lift, mow and tidy your lawn and add pot plants and hanging baskets that complement the style and period of the property. Next, turn your attention to the front door. Garish colours tend to be a turn off, but for a design flourish you might consider fashionable gunmetal greys or sage green.
Adding floor space is the top way to add value to a property. However, where this isn’t possible, there are many simple but effective design techniques to make your rooms feel more spacious.
Light, cool colours and contrasting dark rugs make small rooms feel bigger and brighter. If your furniture dominates the space, choose a wall colour that matches your sofa or chairs to give the illusion that these items are smaller. Place mirrors in dark corners and hallways to expand and brighten these areas.
A new bathroom can add between £5,000 and £10,000 to a house price, but just meeting the right design trends can help you get a quick sale.
If you’ve opted for a small, cosy feel, underfloor heating is a luxury feature that could win over potential buyers. For bigger spaces where underfloor heating costs are too high, a spa-like bathroom with plush towels and neutral colours is always attractive. Other popular trends to tap into include frameless showers and exposed brickwork.
A recent report from Barclays found that smart home technologies are increasingly important to buyers. Just advertising the presence of fibre optic cables in your area could be enough to encourage buyers. Statement systems like multi-room music platforms can also make a difference.
Smart technology like Hiive, which gives mobile control over heating systems, is feature worth considering. If it moves your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) up a band, it could add thousands to the sale price.
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