Preparation is key to get your house sale off to the best possible start. If you prepare your home for sale properly you have a better chance of selling within a reasonable time frame and for maximum value.
You may have been in your home for years even decades. It is likely that you have a close connection with your home. On the other hand, you could loathe your home, maybe it holds some memories you would sooner forget. Whether you love or despise your home – there will be some sort of emotional connection to it.
When preparing your home for sale, the first, most important thing to look at is your mindset. The trick is to a get into a good selling mindset. Try and rid yourself of the emotion around your home. Strive to look at your home with an objective eye.
Get into your buyer’s mindset. View your home through your buyer’s eyes. What will they see? What will they smell? How will your home make them feel? Assessing your home objectively is critical so you can cut through your own tainted views and see how your home will appeal to buyers. Look at what bits about your home will appeal and what bits are not so appealing. Try and accentuate the best parts and look to improve the not so desirable elements if you can.
Now that you have your mindset sorted we can get down to the nitty gritty of how to prepare your home for sale.
Buyers want to see how much space your home has to offer. Big objects, clutter and chunky furniture can distract the eye and make a room look and feel smaller. Show your home off to its full potential by getting rid of the clutter. Make floor space so buyers can see how big your rooms are. It’s time to be ruthless, try to pack away or get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last six months. A car boot sale is a great way to clear out your home whilst making a bit of money. If you have any big pieces of furniture that you can do without, put them in storage or in your garage out of the way.
People want to imagine themselves living in your home. Whilst you may love your wacky patterned wallpaper, it can be distracting in property photographs and off-putting for viewers. As boring as it sounds, clean, simple and plain décor is always best. It may not be your taste but light, neutral colours help add to the sense of space. A blank canvass for buyers to imagine the lifestyle your home can offer is the way to go.
Clean, clean, clean!
You may have noticed that when you go into someone else’s home it always has a smell of them, especially in bedrooms. This can sometimes be a nice smell, sometimes awful and sometimes neither. When preparing your home for sale it is so important to clean your home from top to bottom. It needs to smell lovely or at the very least not stinky! If your home has a strong sense of smell or is not spick and span your viewers will be hot footing it out of there before they barely have got over the threshold.
If this seems like too big a job, ask a cleaner to do a one off deep clean and then try and keep on top of this on a daily basis.
Wash soft furnishings as these types of material hold odour. Clean your carpets, wash your curtains and can get a professional to clean your upholstery. Ensure that there is always fresh bedding on for when you have viewings. Make sure that there is no mildew or mould in your bathroom – re-grout if necessary. Your home needs to be clean, shiny and sparkling throughout. This will help your property photographs look good and it will impress your viewers.
First impressions really do court for a lot. Often potential buyers will drive by a home first before picking up the phone and booking a viewing. Your homes frontage needs to be looking its best at all times. This is also especially important for the property photography. Weed your flower beds, trip your hedges and cut your grass. Wash your windows, sweep and tidy. Look at giving your front door a lick of paint. These things will help boost your kerb appeal and make your home stand out.
Along with your frontage do not forget any outside space. Make sure all external areas are well presented. Gardens are an extension of a home, having a well-kept, pleasant garden will appeal to buyers. This will ensure you achieve the best possible price.
Tick off your DIY job list
All those DIY jobs you have been putting off need to be ticked off before you put your home up for sale. Buyers want to see that a home has been well maintained. The better your home looks the more money you will command. If buyers see that they have a lot of work to do on a property they are more likely to chip the price. It is far better to pay out a few hundreds of pounds on a handy man/women than knocking thousands off your asking price.
Nice little touches here and there can transform a home. Visit your local developers show house for inspiration. Add a bit of texture with cushions and throws. Lavish toiletries and freshly laundered towels in bathrooms add a sense of luxury and comfort. Scented candles and flowers create a nice scent around your home. Ambient lighting, dimed lights and lamps create a soft atmosphere. Appealing pleasantly to your buyer’s senses all add to the positive vibe of your home. Accessorising will complement your property photography and make your home more appealing to viewers.
Your aim when selling is to try and get your viewers to fall in love with your home. This is a journey that can start the moment they click onto your online property advert or pick up your printed brochure. How you present your home and how well your agent markets your home all play into this.
The best way to make your viewers fall in love with your home is to prepare it for sale as best as you can. Stay objective, put in a bit of effort, invest a small amount of money to improve your home. Your investment in time, energy and money should pay dividends. A buyer that falls in love with a home will pay a higher price and will just have to have it.
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