Published by: Mathilda Edel Boyle
Whether selling or renting your property, there are a few things you can do to maximise value and minimise the time it takes to acquire viewings, tenants and buyers. In the current market, the smallest surface aesthetic can make all the difference for your property being acquired, over your neighbours.
Dealing in the high-end luxury market, we have seen all the do's and don'ts and are here to help take your property off the market.
Step One: Clean & Tidy
It is vital that your property is clean and tidy.
The time has come to finally complete the 'Sunday chore list' that has been getting longer and longer every week. This includes the task of cleaning the oven, steaming the living room curtains and buffing the oak floors.
Step Two: Declutter
Although there should always be personality within your property, decluttering is vital. The kitchen is the heart of the home but prone to disorder. The unnecessary appliances that sit on the counter top should be shelved away, recipe books ordered and sink sponges replaced.
However, a splash of colour, warmth and personality can be achieved via a fruit bowl or flowers.
Step Three: Light & Airy
Future tenants or buyers will be tempted by a fresh and airy space. Before a viewing, simply opening the windows for a few hours can keep the air light within the property - removing undesirable staleness or dust.
Step Four: Brightly Lit
A common request found throughout property searches, is the need for large windows and brightly lit spaces. Whether you have huge stained glass windows or mews house shutters, you can achieve a radiant space with a few simple tricks.
The obvious solution is lighting. Make sure you have sufficient and effective main lighting in all spaces in the property. To add warmth, position lamps around your rooms, specifically in the darker corners.
One of the most favoured solutions to this issue, however, is the addition of mirrors throughout. Simply pulling your curtains back and positioning a mirror across from the window, can distribute the light throughout a room, making the room appear bigger and brighter.
Step Five: Accessories
It may seem contradictory to decluttering but your property should not feel like a showroom. Simply dressing up your living space with decorative pillows and soft throws, can give a guest the feeling of home. The addition of these aesthetic objects can truly sell a lifestyle that the prospective tenant or buyer could desire.
Step Six: Kerb Appeal & Outdoor Space
In prime central London, outdoor space is limited and, therefore, of high value. Even if only a balcony, it is important to maximise this space with plants and seating.
The kerb appeal of a residence is the first impression on the mind of guests. It is not unheard of that a buyer or tenant will fall in love with a property before even entering. Simple window boxes and a fresh coat of paint on the front door can make all the difference, evoking a clean, tidy and inviting facade.