Top tips when selling your home
Selling your home can be a difficult and stressful time. There are however steps you can take to improve the chances of a quick and successful sale. When thinking of selling your home, you need to put yourself in the mind frame of a potential buyer; consider how the property looks and feels to someone looking to buy. Below we look at some of our top tips that could help you achieve an easier sales process.
The first thing that we would suggest is to clear out any clutter that has built up whilst you have been living there. Throw away unwanted items, and if possible, you could even move some furniture into storage to maximise the space available. Try to ensure that all windows are completely clear of clutter and move anything that could block valuable light. Ensuring the rooms are bright and clear allows buyers to see the room’s potential.
The next step we would advise you to take, would be to look at any DIY you could do to help renovate the property and increase its value. You don’t need to be skilled to tackle small problems like replacing broken light bulbs, repairing paint chips or giving the front door and walls a fresh lick of paint. If you do know any skilled workers that could help you with things such as dripping taps or cracked tiles, it is always best to ask, as these things can be noticeable to potential buyers.
We don’t recommend starting a major renovation or development at this stage (unless a survey has found issues you may want to fix before you put your property up for sale). Instead, consider freshening up the interior. Try to maximise the space by moving furniture around, you want to make your home look light, airy and warm. You can also try to improve the light quality of the room by placing extra lamps in corners etc. You want to make the home look as inviting as possible whilst maintaining a ‘homely’ feel.
The exterior of a property is very important; it sets the tone of the property from the offset. If the property has a garden (front or back) you may want to trim the grass, clear any clutter away and repair any fences that may be damaged. A nice garden is a fantastic selling point for any property, so maximizing its potential is crucial. You can also wash the windows and clear any pathways of rubbish, or weeds. Remember the outside of the house is the first and last thing the buyer sees so starting and ending the viewing on a positive note will leave a better impression in their minds.
The last step is vital – a clean house not only allows the potential buyer to view the property as new and their own, it can also highlight any positive features the property may have. We recommend giving the place a deep cleanse including cleaning walls, carpets, sofas, windows and all surfaces. It is best to focus particularly on cleaning the bathroom and kitchen, where grime can build up quickly. A well-presented kitchen and bathroom are huge selling features for new properties, so make sure you do a thorough cleanse on those areas.
If you are looking to sell a property, having a survey conducted before you put it on the market may be a benefit, especially if you’re unsure of the property’s current condition. By finding out about any defects or issues, you can get them fixed to potentially advertise a higher price for your property.
Having a survey done before you sell also allows potential buyers to see that the property has no major defects, or that you have either had any issues fixed or have adjusted the price to reflect any repair work that needs doing. It also helps with gaining the buyers trust so they know upfront what they are buying into.
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