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Selling Your Home? Think About That Spare Room!


We all keep hearing how the housing market in the UK is making a recovery, and that houses on the whole are steadily going up in price again. However, that doesn’t mean you can expect a return to the old days when it was just a case of popping a for sale sign outside your home, showing a few people around and BAM! Your house is sold.

People who are looking to buy are much savvier than they used to be, and for many we’re seeing a return to the days when people see a house as a long term investment. I’m guessing the world economic crisis has something to do with this but politics isn’t my strong point.

I digress….this post is about your spare room and not the state of the housing market!

How many of you who are reading this are thinking about selling, have suddenly looked up from your screen and thought, “what a state my spare room is?” Quite a few I would imagine. After all, I have always been the type of person that has a “spare room” and this is it exactly what it is – spare!

I’ve been responsible for piling things up in this space of my home that I can’t bear to throw away. I’ve filled it with empty boxes which I know will just come in handy one day, and well, I’m embarrassed to admit it looks more like a forgotten space that hasn’t received any tender loving care in a long while.

What Your Spare Room Means to a Potential Buyer

If you ever watch any of the many property programs on television, you’ll no doubt have heard the phrase “you have to look past all the current owner’s belongings”. This has a ring of truth to it, but not everyone is blessed with an avid imagination. So, my advice is not to rely on what other people might be able to imagine.

Think about it? Your spare room could be a potential study, an extra bedroom or even a playroom for the kids. If you’re currently not using this room in your home and let’s face it, you’re not really are you! Do away with all the clutter. If you can’t part with some of the things you’ve got stored, find somewhere-else for it and somewhere that’s out of sight.

You don’t need to spend any money really. Just clear the room up, give it a lick of paint (you’re bound to have some lying around somewhere), and voila! You have a perfectly acceptable space in your home that can be seen as an extra.

Of course, even if you’re not looking to sell your house just yet, perhaps you can apply the advice above anyway. After all, think about the satisfaction you’ll get from knowing you’ve had a good old clear out!



Author: Julie Coburn