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What makes a house sell?

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If you own your home then chances are that everything you do to it, you’re doing in order to increase its value. Even if you’re not thinking of selling in the near future, making our house more appealing to buyers is something that’s always at the back of our mind.

Whether you’re in the process of getting ready to put your property on the market or you fancy a spot of DIY and want to make sure that it benefits you in the future, here are some of the top things that make a house sell quickly and for more money.

First impressions count

First impressions really do count and our houses are no exception to this rule. If people are already feeling positive and optimistic before they walk in the front door, then they are far more likely to maintain this attitude whilst looking through the rest of the property. If the outside of your house is unappealing, people will feel negative about it and unless the inside is out of this world, it’s likely that they will have written it off before they even get inside.


Lighting is a simple but very effective way of changing people’s perceptions about your home. If it’s dark and dingy it will feel cold and unloved whereas bright, modern lights will make your house appear clean, cheerful and airy.


We’re no stranger to cold, dark and rainy nights here in the UK which means that we want a nice warm house to come back to at the end of a long day. Aside from this, people have also become a lot more conscious about doing their bit for the environment as well saving money on their energy bills wherever they can. It’s very important to insulate your house the best you can. Think about double glazing, loft insulation, fill in any floor gaps, build drywall over cold wall and install plantation shutters as these offer excellent protection from the cold.

Keep it neutral

You may fancy painting your bedroom bright red or dedicating an entire wall to Manchester United wallpaper but remember, just because it appeals to you, it doesn’t mean that other people will like it. How you decorate your house is of course entirely down to you but when it comes to selling it on, you will appeal to a larger market if you keep the colours light and neutral. Not only does this make the property seem bigger, it also helps people to imagine their own furniture in situ which is harder to do if the room is very loud and busy.

Remove clutter

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Clutter is a huge no no when you’re having people around to view your house. It makes the property seem small, cramped, messy and unkempt. Throw away anything you don’t use anymore as this means you don’t have to transport as much when you move. If you really do need everything you have then consider putting it into self storage so it’s out of the way.

It’s also advisable to do a thorough deep clean before people come around for viewings so you can create the best impression possible.


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