Looking to put your property on the market? Before you call estate agents in it’s time to take a good look at your home and get it in tip top shape if you want to get the offers rolling in fast. To help get you ready here are nine essential things you need to do before you put your home up for sale:
- Curb appeal
They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This means that the entrance to your home is all important. Even before someone steps foot into your front door they’re going to be judging it from the outside, so make sure it’s as appealing as possible. Keep your garden or driveway weed-free. Trim back any shrubbery or trees. And fix peeling paint on door and window frames you don’t want them to look neglected and unkempt.
- Clear the clutter
Whether it’s kids toys, your husbands golf clubs or just piles of shoes by the front door, you’ll need to banish the clutter if you’re going to appeal to house hunters. While buyers are fully aware that someone already lives in your home they may not have the foresight to see the true value of the space in your home. Tuck things away that don’t need to be out and keep your décor minimal so that buyers can picture their stuff in its place.
- Freshen up
A good dust and hoover just won’t cut it for viewings when you want to sell your home. Make sure paintwork is cleaned down and bathrooms are fresh and limescale free. Kitchens will need to be clear of the mornings breakfast bowls and the clothes drying on the airer are put away. A spritz of air freshener or a lovely scented candle will help banish any lingering smells.
- Fix up, look sharp
Your home may look great in photos but in reality handles are hanging off the kitchen cupboards and there are scuffs on the wall from when you first moved your sofa in. Buyers will notice these so be sure to set aside some time to fix those minor issues. Little tweaks and fixes can make a huge difference to how your home looks to potential buyers
What works for you may not be very practical for others. Big and bulky furniture is great for your family to enjoy slouchy Sunday afternoons on but they make the room look smaller than it really is. Rearrange rooms to make the most of the space and get rid of any furniture that isn’t essential.
- Let there be light
Light and bright rooms are more inviting then dull and dingy ones, so if your windows let in lots of natural light make the most of it. Use lamps to brighten up dark rooms. And most importantly make sure all your bulbs work so everything is shown in the best possible light.
To help buyers imagine themselves living in your home you’ll need to rid it of anything that might not be to everyone’s taste. You absolutely adore your leopard print sofa but maybe chuck a throw over it for viewings. Love the Barbie pink wall in your bathroom? Might be a good idea to paint it a more neutral tone to appeal to buyers.
- Highlight great features
Have a lovely window seat? Make sure it’s inviting with decorative cushions. Got a lovely reading spot in the bedroom? Place a comfy chair with a pretty lamp and stack of books to showcase it.
- Farewell to furry friends
You love your pets but future buyers may be sent running for the door at the sight of cat hair covered carpets or litter trays lingering in the kitchen. Clean up after your pets and get rid of any unpleasant odours and stains your furry friend might have left behind.
Now your home is in great shape it’s time to find a fantastic estate agent who will get it sold. Why not give us a ring on 01324 811 233 or email [email protected] we’d love to have a chat with you about how we can help.