Ok, are you getting ready to move home? Everyone who sells their home wants a quick sale and the best price. Sounds good? Luck has nothing to do with making it happen. Preparing your home in advance, to look its best, as well as planning for viewings carefully will lead to that speedy sale and top price that you want.
What follows is a guide to preparing your home, to make it saleable and attractive to potential buyers. Try not to be subjective and emotional; this is only a house, bricks and mortar, just like any product in a shop. It’s not your home. Let it go, and look to the future, when you’ll move on and this house will no longer be yours.
Have in your mind’s eye the moment where you hand over the keys, and various paperwork. Bid farewell to each and every room, and look to the future, and where your new home will be.
You should make the walls bare and pack everything personal away; make the house a blank slate. This will help buyers to imagine their own photos, ornaments and other personal things in the house. How can they do this if your things are in the way? Don’t let buyers get distracted – make them say to themselves “I can imagine living here.”
It’s astonishing how many people are hoarders. Think about it; if you haven’t used something for a year or more, do you really need it? If not, throw it out or give it away to a charity shop, family member or friend. Put away the books, the kitchen utensils, and all your bits and pieces. If an item is essential for every day use, have an ‘essentials’ box easily accessible, which can be hidden under the stairs when not needed. You’ll have to pack anyway in the end, so this will be a good start!
Naturally, buyers will be nosey. They’ll look in cupboards and drawers. If there is clutter, what message does this give buyers? On the other hand, if everything is organised and tidy, it says a lot about how much you look after the house. You should therefore make sure dishes are neatly stacked, shirts are hung together, and your shoes are lined up and paired properly. These little things make a big impression.
Most houses look better with minimal furniture. If things look cramped; for example, the hallway, you’re not showing your house at its best. If you’ve emptied your bookcases, put them in storage. Simple steps like this will make rooms appear more spacious. Make sure there is plenty of room for buyers to wander around, whilst still making clear each room’s purpose.
To help your house look as well maintained as possible, take the time to repair any minor issues. If there are holes in the walls, patch them up. Fix any doors or windows that are difficult to open or close. Make the effort to paint walls neutral colours. There’s nothing worse than a buyer remembering your house for a green bathroom or pink bedroom!