So, after months of deliberation, you’ve finally bitten the bullet and decided to put your house on the market. This isn’t a decision for the faint-hearted, but it is one worth taking to make a move to your forever home, or possibly just another step up on the property ladder. Selling your home can be quite a stressful time, you may feel inundated with viewings or could find that they don’t come in thick and fast like you initially thought they would. There are some essential things we would recommend doing before your house is presented for everyone to see, these helpful tips will improve the saleability of your home and hopefully make the process quicker and less stressful.
- Make necessary improvements throughout– You know that old stain on the kitchen ceiling from the time the bath leaked? Yeah, you’re going to want to paint over that. The leak may have been fixed years ago but that brown stain is going to make people doubt the stability of the plumbing, and they will worry that the house is prone to leaks. This doesn’t have to cost a lot, a lick of paint here and there to freshen up the place will help. If you’re good at DIY, spend some time fixing the broken cupboards and changing light bulbs, people could take a disliking to your house if they can’t see past the imperfections.
- Simplify it- As much as you might love your feature walls and bold colors throughout, it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste. The same goes for your belongings, spend some time tidying away whatever you can and make the property look minimalistic. This will allow potential buyers to visualize their belongings in the house and help them see past your stamp on it.
- Gardening- If you’re lucky enough to have a garden on your property, no matter how big or small, make sure it looks tidy and presentable. If potential buyers view your house and see an overgrown garden, they’re going to worry about the work involved and probably wonder if they’ll be able to keep on top of it themselves. Not everyone is a keen gardener, myself included, so an option could be to hire a gardener just for a one-off, tidy up mission.
- Cleaning- A common mistake some people make when allowing viewers into their home, is simply not cleaning it. No one wants to look at a sink piled with dishes, or piles of laundry scattered around. Make sure the property smells appealing with plug-in air freshers or scented candles, some people even like to bake a batch of cookies before viewers come to make it feel homely!
These are simple yet practical tips to prepare your home for viewing, and hopefully, lead you to a quick sale. They’re undoubtedly jobs you’ve avoided doing for a few years, but not only will they help you sell your property, but they’ll also add value on to the house too