5 of Phil Spencer's House Selling Tips
There’s no doubt that Location, Location, Location presenter, Phil Spencer, is the man to go to when it comes to property.
As well as having a keen passion for all things bricks and mortar, he’s a trained surveyor and has been in the business for years giving buyers and sellers golden advice on how to navigate the property landscape. We’ve gathered 5 of his top tips on house selling to help you stay on track for a profitable sale that’s right for you.
1. Inject Your Own Style (within reason)
We often hear that it’s best to have a completely blank canvas when it comes to selling your home, for the simple reason that potential buyers can picture themselves living there.
While this is true, Phil says there’s a happy middle ground that’s far more effective: “Injecting your own style is worthwhile – as long as it isn’t too off putting to buyers when you do come to sell. The secret is to add your own personal style without being gimmicky, I think we’re all a bit fed up with everything in off-white, the so called ‘landlord beige’.”
Don’t go overboard, but make sure it’s got some personality at the same time. You never know, your style might be exactly to their taste!
2. Your World is a Stage
Presentation is the act of prepping your home to make it appeal to prospective buyers. Phil says: “Whether it’s about zoning out a dining area in an open plan living space, or creating a workstation in a box room, if people can see what the room’s function might be, it’s going to be much easier for them to imagine how they could use the space.”
However, it’s not just about making use of every available space, but creating an overall atmosphere. Fresh flowers add to the pleasant ambience and fresh, white bed linen will give the impression of cleanliness.
3. Give Your Home Kerb Appeal
This tip is one that’s often an afterthought: making your house attractive from the outside. Phil says: “It’s very important that your house looks as good as it possibly can do from the outside, from the front. It needs to look inviting and as good as it can from the estate agent’s details and the website and it’s that way that you get people through the door to enjoy what you’ve done on the inside.”
Spruce up the outside with a lick of paint, clear out the guttering and mow the front lawn (if you have one). It will make the world of difference.
It’s a common tip, but a seriously effective one. No one wants to enter your home and see a load of ‘stuff’ everywhere. Phil says: “Decluttering your home will make a huge difference. It will allow potential buyers to visualise how they might live in the space. Get rid of piles of boxes, file away paperwork and make sure all surfaces are clutter-free.
Even if you’re not a DIY whizz, you should think about extra cupboards or shelves if you haven’t got the space to declutter properly. They’re simple to put up and offer an easy solution for clutter.
5. Natural Light
First impressions truly matter and if a property is dark and stuffy, it’s going to be instantly off-putting and noticeable as soon as a potential buyer enters your home.
Phil says: “It’s often said that people make a decision on whether to buy or not to buy a property within the first 10 seconds of arriving. The impression that’s given in the hallway has got to be 10/10. Do everything you can inside to make your home light, bright, clean and fresh with as much light as you possibly can. The very first thing people comment on when they’re shown around the house, is ‘Oh, it’s light’, or ‘Oh, it’s dark’.” So get the curtains and windows open, not forgetting any skylights and french doors (if it’s a warm day).
There we have it: tips from the master himself.
Until next time!
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