You’re planning on selling and no doubt thinking about how you can get the best price for your property and secure a sale as quickly as possible.
While big home improvements, such as extensions and new kitchens, undoubtedly help, the good news is some of the best ways to make your home more appealing to buyers are quick, easy and inexpensive. Here are the 10 things you should do before you let a single viewer through your front door.
Step Outside – Curb Appeal
It’s the first thing a potential buyer will see. Look critically at the outside of your house…Does the front door need painting? Is the path clear and free of cracks? Are plants and trees neatly trimmed? This is your chance to make a killer first impression, so use it. Boost your curb appeal with colour and plants.
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Depersonalise Your Décor
Buyers need to be able to imagine the property as their new home, and they can’t do that if it has your personal stamp all over it. Pack up personal photos and items, children toys, drawings and knick-knacks that will distract people from what they’ve come to see – the house itself.
Sort Out the Small Stuff
Touch up paint that may be chipped or discouloured. Fill old holes in dry wall. Fix cracked tiles, loose door handles or dripping taps. They may seem like minor quibbles, but they can set alarm bells ringing for a buyer who’ll wonder what else hasn’t been maintained.
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Get Your Home Photo-Ready
Most house-hunters start by searching online first, so the photos on your listing need to help your home stand out from the crowd. Before having pictures taken, open the curtains wide to maximize light levels, plump up cushions, and add flowers to make rooms look fresh and welcoming. De-clutter and organize crowded areas. If your décor is neutral, a flash of bright colour such as a hot-pink cushion or table runner, will ensure your photo catches a browser’s eye.
Check out this link: Ultimate Guide To Prepare for Real Estate Photography
Remove Evidence of Pets
Doggy odour and cat-hair-covered carpets and furniture can send buyers running for the door. If your family includes furry members, ask a trusted friend to give their honest opinion on whether pet smells have permeated your home. If so, hire a professional to remove smells and stains from carpets. Before a showing, remove cat litter, hide away food bowls and take your pooch out for a walk.
Check out this link: Removing Pet Evidence When Selling Your Home
Show People How They Can Live in Your Home
You’re not just selling bricks and mortar, you’re also selling a lifestyle! Create a space they won’t be able to resist. Turn a barren patio into an outdoor entertaining space, present that unused space as a family-friendly dining area or show a box room as a smart home office.
Check out this link: 10 Clever Ideas for Small Outdoor Spaces
Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
Too much stuff makes your home seem small and crowded. This can leave buyers thinking the house lacks storage. Trim down your belongings as much as possible, and stash clutter neatly in boxes for a more ordered and organized appearance.
Check out this link: How to Declutter Before An Open House
Go For A Spotless Finish
Now is not the time for a quick clean! Don’t underestimate the difference a deep clean can make to the way your house looks. Dust base boards, picture rails, light fittings, clean windows inside and out, shine taps and appliances, scrub tiles and wipe down every surface to show your home off at its best. Strapped for time? Hire professional cleaners to do a comprehensive job. The quick sale of your house will be well worth the additional cost.
Let There Be Light
Make rooms look big, bright and welcoming with good lighting. Swap your bulbs for high-wattage ones and add extra table and floor lamps to illuminate dark corners. Open blinds and window coverings to let as much natural light in.
Check out this link: Use Lighting To Sell Your Home
Accessorise All Areas
You don’t have to go all out on brand-new fixtures and fittings – accessories can go a long way to brightening up any space. In the bathroom, a new white shower curtain can update an old bath, while a stack of coordinating fluffy towels, candles and decorative storage baskets will create a spa-like feel for minimal cost.
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