Getting ready to sell your home
Are you looking to sell your home? Perhaps you have had it on the market for a while without much luck. Is it time to re-evaluate? Are you doing everything you possibly can to help a sale or are you blaming bad omens like that ladder you walked under last year re-decorating the living room?
We all know how important first impressions can be and your home is no different. Let’s take a step back for a minute and do a walkthrough of your home.
Go outside and have a glance up and down the street. How does your house compare to the neighbours? If you aren’t impressed by what you see how do you think it will appear to a potential buyer. What do those overgrown bushes say to a buyer about the standard of the rest of the house they are about to see?
Ask yourself a few important questions:
- Could the garden do with a trim?
- When was the last time you painted the gate?
- Was that paving stone always cracked?
- Could those children’s toys be stashed away?
Speaking of clutter, just get rid of it! Throw away all of those unwanted delivery menus that have been piling up in the porch for the last few months. Knowing there is a Domino’s in close proximity is not adding any value!
Tidy away anything unnecessary, rent a storage unit or throw it away if you don’t need it anymore. It could be just the motivation you need to do that purge of bits and bobs you have been meaning to do (for the last few years). A prospective buyer doesn’t want to see it just as much as you. Let them see a clear home, it will help them to imagine themselves living there.
Pay special attention to:
- Personalised ornaments
- Books, CD’s, DVD’s
- Utensils lying around the kitchen
- Toiletries cluttering the bathroom
This is an important point. Everyone likes to personalise and adorn their homes with special memories. Family pictures and photos from major milestones normally decorate the house, turning it into a home. Take them down, even if it is just for viewings. Yes even the stick figure masterpiece stuck to the fridge, temporarily at least…
The viewer does not wish to see the fantastic life you have built for yourself in your beautiful home. They want to visualise the lovely life they can build for themselves in their possible new home, and you should want that too.
Clean, clean, clean
It may sound like an obvious point, however we are not talking about a light once over. This could be what makes or breaks a six figure sale, so it is vital to be detailed.
On top of a basic clean, attack everywhere with a duster. For example dust the light fixtures and skirting boards. Check for cobwebs that may be lying around and polish any reflective surfaces i.e taps and mirrors. This can apply to your windows as well, after they have been given a good scrub inside and out of course! Make sure the tiles and grout are clean and the oven is free from evidence of that fish pie you rustled up last week.
Repair and refresh
As well as a top to bottom spring clean, remember to have a keen eye for detail. An odd job you may have put to one side or to the back of your mind could be enough to put off a potential buyer. We are all guilty of doing it from time to time but place yourself in their shoes and fix any minor issues around the house before inviting anyone for a tour.
- Rejuvenate the walls with a lick of paint
- Repair any dripping taps
- Replace any broken lightbulbs
- Fix those squeaky doors
- Fill in any cracks in the walls
Refreshing the property can be equally as important. Try and keep things as neutral as possible, again to allow any prospective buyers to imagine how they might put their own stamp on the rooms. That flower power wallpaper might hold a special place in your heart but let’s be honest it’s not to everyone’s tastes!
- Replace any ‘busy’ or heavily patterned items such as cushions, bedsheets etc
- Have fresh towels out in the bathrooms and kitchen
- You may have become accustomed to the smells of your home, but everyone else will not be. Get rid of any odours from pets and cigarette smoke by airing out the house.
- Don’t cook any particularly odourous food prior to a viewing!
Let there be light
Natural light is very high up the check list for most people when viewing a property. Short of having new floor to ceiling windows fitted you might think there isn’t really too much you can do about that right? Well there are a few tips that can help you maximise the amount of light:
- Repaint any particularly dark rooms a light, neutral colour
- Add extra light fixtures to rooms
- Make sure the light bulb is a high wattage
- Pull the curtains all the way back!
- Look outside as well as in. Trim any trees that could be blocking natural light from the room
Trust in your agent
Most important of all, when you have done everything you can possibly do, trust in your agent. Selling properties on a daily basis is what they do for a living. It is not the most comfortable of experiences having the owner by your side every step of the way while you attempt to snoop around and get the full feel of a property.
You will understand exactly what I mean by this if you have ever experienced it yourself in a viewing. How much shorter is the viewing if the current occupants are at home, and how much did you actually remember about the property afterwards? The simple point would be that the less awkward the potential buyer feels when they are in your home, the more they can concentrate on the task at hand and picture themselves in their possible future home.
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