Cheap And Dirty Tricks Estate Agents Use That Add Thousands To Your Home

If you’ve ever wandered into a supermarket or coffee shop, you’ll notice the smell of freshly baked bread or roasting coffee. It’s a subtle way to get you excited and interested in what they’ve got for sale, provoking you to part with more of your cash than you otherwise would.

The same goes for selling your house. Estate agents know a trick or two to get potential buyers to part with more money than they otherwise would, bagging you some extra cash in the process. Here’s what the likes of Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp have to say to owners if they want to add value to their homes.

Cheap And Dirty Trick #1: Make Every Square Foot Count

Top of their list of things to do is to ensure that there is as much space in your home as possible. They say that the value of your home increases by £238 for every square foot of living space you free up. They suggest renting out Big Yellow storage, or one of their competitors when you’re having people look around your house and take decluttering to the extreme. That means removing any furniture or junk that’s just taking up space and turning your home into a show house.

According to a survey of estate agents, nearly all of them said that decluttering increased the value of the homes that they were selling. Top of their list for creating the impression of space was doing things like removing kettles and toasters from kitchen worktops and making living rooms and dining areas more open plan.

Studies have shown that sellers who decluttered their homes before viewing began sold their houses for £4,811 more on average than those who didn’t.

Cheap And Dirty Trick #2: Take Lots Of Photos, And Make Them Look Great

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Most people first find out about your house through the internet, so it’s important, according to estate agents, for it to look amazing. A big turnoff for buyers are houses that look messy in photos or that have overbearing colour schemes. Estate agents say that it’s tough to justify the asking price on a house that is messy, meaning that owners should get to work tidying immediately so that they can create a great first impression from the get-go. It’s a good idea for sellers to take lots of pictures of their house before putting it on the market, and make sure that each photograph is an advert in itself, enticing buyers to want to come and look around. If your home has any unusual features or character, focus on these elements. Also, make sure that plenty of photographs are taken of the kitchen and bathroom, especially if they are new.

Cheap And Dirty Trick #3: Strategically Place Mirrors

It turns out that buyers are often willing to pay more for a house not only if it has more square footage, but also if sellers create the illusion of space. It turns out that people who install mirrors in tight spots, like cloakrooms, hallways and even living rooms, make their houses appear larger and, as a result, sell their homes for more.

Cheap And Dirty Trick #4: Extend The Lease

According to conveyancing solicitors, the value of your home can be dramatically affected by the length of the lease left on the property if it is leasehold. If you’ve only got a few years left on the lease, buyers won’t offer you as much money for the property because when the lease expires, ownership will return to the landlord. It’s a good idea, therefore, to act immediately and broker a deal with the owner to extend it. Make sure to get the lease extended to more than 100 years.

Cheap And Dirty Trick #5: Park An Executive Car On The Drive

It turns out that one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your property is to hire out an executive car on days that you know you have viewings. The executive car, say estate agents, will give the impression that buyers are investing in something luxurious and cause them to part with more cash when they make their offer - more than it cost to hire out the car in the first place.

Cheap And Dirty Trick #6: Pressure Wash Driveway

When people buy a home, they want something that looks new, even if the house they are buying is half a century old. That’s why it’s a good idea to pressure wash your driveway. Buyers will immediately feel as if they are getting something that is new.

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