It’s likely to be one of the biggest financial decisions you ever make, so selling your house shouldn’t be taken lightly. As a result, it’s well worth putting in the effort to make sure your property is in the best state possible. This will ensure that your property garners the best final sale price possible and that the sale will be agreed within a relatively short time span.
Typically speaking, the people that manage the above are those that put effort into their marketing plan. Although it might take a couple of weeks of your time at the start, it’ll pay off in the long-run and will even be financially beneficial. Before that, however, there are bases you can cover to make sure your property is appealing as possible.
In this article, we’re going to take you through the steps you should follow to ensure your home is a buyer’s dream.
Let go emotionally
First and foremost, this is probably the hardest step on the list, especially if you’ve been in the property for an extended period of time, or raised a family there. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, however, that’s it.
One of the biggest turn-offs for potential buyers is a seller who’s overly clingy to their property. Sure, they’ll want to see that you’re invested in it, but if you come across as overly attached it might give them second thoughts about your commitment to the sales process.
Remove personal items from the property
One of the best things you can do to help let go emotionally is to remove personal items from your property. It’s also important that your house is able to stand out based on its own merits, as opposed the ornaments and decorative choices you’ve made.
Clear away any books, children’s toys, and family photos. This will stand you in good stead come property inspection or open house time, where buyers will be doing their very best to imagine themselves in your property.
De-clutter your house
If there’s one thing that’ll put buyers off and cast your home in a bad light, it’s clutter. It crowds rooms, making them look darker and smaller than they actually are and your property may come off as unclean as a result.
Give your home a thorough sweep with a black bag and remove any clutter that you don’t have a use for. Sides should be clean and your kitchen should be sparkling by the time buyers step through the door.
Don’t neglect the exterior
Although ensuring that the interior of your home is sparkling and spotless is important, you shouldn’t forget to give the same attention to your home’s exterior.
Your front garden and drive should be tidy, with all visible weeds removed. Make sure that your lawn is cut and take advantage of the warm weather – plant a few hanging baskets around your doorway.
Complete any maintenance
Remember that leaky sink that you said you’d do ‘tomorrow’ 5 months ago? Well, now’s the time to get it done. Although you might have gotten used to living with it, it’ll still out like a sore thumb to any newcomers in your home. There are several small jobs that you could take care of and some of them might include:
- Oiling door hinges
- Replacing cracked tiles
- Patching up holes
- Painting over marks on walls
So there you have it. Stick by the points above and you’ll have your home sales-ready in no time.