Just over 40 per cent of prospective purchasers in the city would be willing to put down an offer on a new home without stepping foot in it, according to new research by estate agent Purplebricks.
Sheffield-based interiors expert Rebecca Kerry, from Rebel Interior Design, has given her best tips on how to make houses look appealing online. Read on below to find out more.
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"While people may not be physically coming through your front door, act as though they are. An entrance hall is much more than just a corridor, it's an important part of your home. So if coats are on display, then make sure you have just one or two out, even if it means chucking the rest of your coats in the car while you do the viewing. Clear away any clutter like takeaway menus, and put shoes/umbrellas in storage baskets."
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"Think about lighting, both natural and electric. Pull back all curtains/blinds as wide as they go to let in the light and don’t forget to clean your windows. If you have a room that’s naturally dark, put a couple of lamps in there to give it a cosy feel. Change any blown light bulbs."
"Cull your DVDs/books/magazines and then neatly display the ones you keep. Hide kids toys and pet stuff - while we love our own, we don’t really love other people’s - plump cushions and go round straightening rugs and pictures. Switch off the TV during a viewing."
"In the world of interiors, this is known as styling. It’s the finishing touches which can make a room go from nice to fantastic. These don’t have to be expensive and can be taken with you when you move. Think things like cushions which can be picked up really cheap online from retailers."
"Vases with fresh flowers or foliage cut from your garden look fantastic as well. Storage baskets are a great way to make clutter look contained, and they can be taken with you when you sell your house."
"Chances are people will want to see how much storage is inside your kitchen cupboards, so it's worth a quick once over if your cupboards are overflowing. Clear and shine work surfaces, appliances and hobs. And put away things like tea towels and oven gloves, washing up liquid, sponges etc. Put out a bowl of fresh fruit or have a nice bottle of wine on display."
"Make the beds and put away clothes/dressing gowns/slippers. Clear away clutter from your bedside tables. Clear away as many kids' toys as you can from their rooms to show the size of the room – remember that potential buyers may not have children so will want to see it as a flexible space."
"Put away shampoo, shower gel, cosmetics etc. Toothbrushes/toothpaste look better in pots on a sink, and shine any shower screens and mirrors. Neatly folded matching towels can look attractive, but if yours have seen better days, then hide them away. Clean the loo, and remember… put the lid down!"
"Finally don’t forget the outside. Neatly store or remove from shot all bikes, scooters, hose pipes and dustbins. Mow your lawn, do a bit of weeding and if you’ve got nice garden furniture, have it out on display. Your garden is technically another room, and buyers want to see how it can be used."