So, you’ve bitten the bullet, made the final decision; it’s time to sell your home and move on. This is a decision that will undoubtedly result in excitement, but this positivity can quickly give way to stress and anxiety if you find yourself encountering problems like a lack of interest from buyers.
Luckily, by being prepared and priming your home for sale beforehand, you can significantly increase the likelihood of a quick sale and maintain the enthusiasm that comes with the decision to move. Here are, in Property IQ’s opinion, the five things you must do before you put your house on the market:
It might seem obvious, but you need to present your home in the best possible light to ensure it appeals to potential buyers. A home that has excessive clutter can be perceived as being smaller than it actually is so, by getting rid of any items that you no longer need, you can actually make your home appear larger, thus making it a much more appealing prospect.
Have a Spring Clean
Again, this one is all about making your home look as good as it possibly can. By making your home spotless, you will significantly increase its appeal and, by combing a spring clean with a clear out of your unwanted items, you can ensure that the interior of your home is looking spick and span before those all-important promotional pictures are taken. Just remember that you shouldn’t stop here; you’ll need to keep on top of the cleaning whilst your home is on the market as you never know when a potential buyer could request a viewing.
Don’t Forget the Exterior
First impressions count! Don’t focus your attention on your home’s interior alone, take a look at the front of your home (it’s probably going to be the first thing an interested party sees) and ask yourself what you would think if you were considering buying it.
A well-maintained exterior not only gives a great first impression but will also communicate that the property has been well looked after. So, consider putting up a few hanging baskets or applying a fresh coat of paint if it’s looking a little tired. It’s worth doing the same in your garden too.
Remember that anyone that is interested in buying your home is probably going to imagine themselves living in the property and, if they’re surrounded by pictures of your loved ones, they’re going to find it much more difficult to do this. For this reason, it’s worth taking down these pictures. By replacing them with mirrors when possible, you’ll also make your house look bigger.
You should also consider taking down any artwork you may have as this will not necessarily be to everyone’s taste and it’s also worth considering changing any existing colour schemes to something more neutral if necessary.
You don’t need to turn your home into a showhome but, by removing some of your personal touches, you’ll make it much easier for visitors’ imaginations to run wild.
Create a Contingency Plan
Sadly, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to sell your home. This is why it pays to have an effective contingency plan in place; knowing what you’ll do if your house doesn’t sell will make the process significantly less stressful.
Your estate agent should be able to discuss alternative strategies and ideas with you such as the possibilities of doing a ‘Let to buy’. You should also choose an estate agent that offers a ‘no sale, no fee’ service so you can guarantee that you won’t be left out of pocket if your home doesn’t sell.