Are you wanting to sell your home? Many things need to be done in the lead up to putting your house on the market and here is a handy guide with four top tips listed to help you when it comes to selling. The most important thing to remember is that your house needs to be spotless and sparkling to gain interest from potential buyers. If you look around your home and think oh that doesn’t look good then get rid of it, look at your house how buyers will view it.
First on the to-do list should be a huge declutter and throw-out session. The reasoning behind decluttering is that potential buyers viewing your property don’t want to come round and see all your stuff filling the space, they need to be able to envision their own belongings in the house. Another reason to declutter is so the house seems much more spacious and open, home buyers love big spaces as they can do so much with them.
A top tip for decluttering is to go through each room and create three piles, the first one is the keep pile, the second is stuff you want to throw out and the third is the belongings you wish to sell. You will be amazed at the items you find while sorting, rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it or needed it in a year then you won’t need it in the future. You can hold a garage sale or yard sale with the items you want to sell, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure after all.
While you are decluttering it might be worthwhile to pack some of the belongings you know you won’t need until after the move.
Once you have decluttered it’s a good idea to thoroughly deep clean your property. You don’t want there to be any dirt or debris leftover when you have viewings, that doesn’t give a very good impression and can even lose you a sale. You should clean every part of the house, including parts that are normally left out during the weekly cleans. Places to focus extra attention on are the bathroom and kitchen, make sure no black mold spots are lurking about.
If you don’t want to do the cleaning yourself then you can hire outside help to do it for you, there are professionals who do this every day. They will know exactly what to do and how to make your house shine like it’s brand new.
The exterior is probably the most important part of the house when it comes to people viewing it. The outside of your home will be the first thing potential buyers see and if it is in a state of disrepair and looks aged then they won’t want to buy your house and it will lose you a sale. You need to be sure the outside matches the inside and the same care is taken to make sure the exterior looks good as new.
You need to check the doors are not rusty or have signs of wear and tear, including garage doors if applicable. If they are damaged or worn then consider repainting them or replacing them if too far gone in terms of damage.
Finally, the last thing to do before opening up for viewings is to make sure all your repairs have been completed and ticked off that to-do list. If you have a hole in the roof or a crack in a wall you will need to fix it before people come around. When buyers want to purchase your house they will get a surveyor to take a look at the building and check for structural damage. If anything is out of place or hasn’t been repaired they will pick up on this and put it in their report. This will then go back to the buyer and if anything serious is on there they could pull out of the sale.
If your interior walls are looking a bit shabby, and it does happen with everyday use why not consider painting them and giving them a whole new look. Most people take into consideration the color of the walls when buying a house and if they will need to redecorate anytime soon. Avoid any bright jazzy colors and stick to plain neutral ones as you can’t go wrong with that.
If you need help with your interior or exterior paintwork and you are too busy or not confident enough to do it yourself, why not call in the help of a painting company. They will help you decide a color and then paint what needs painting.
I hope this helps you along your journey of selling your home, good luck, I hope you get a great price for it.
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