Getting your home ‘sale ready’ is important. Not only might it help to get your property sold faster but could potentially add a little more value too!
De-clutter – but don’t depersonalise
- Get rid of all the excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny, it’s a great time to have a clear out. Potential buyers need to be able to living there so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them. It can often be a lifestyle that helps sell a property. Show them the best side of yours!
- Don’t make it look like a generic hotel; leave some personality. Apart from anything else it gives unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do
- Consider removing any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture
A fresh lick of paint
- Giving your walls a fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger. It’ll be easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright purple or lime green. Don’t forget, first impressions go a long way, give the front door a new coat of brightly coloured paint
Fix and clean
- Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes.
- Clean everything until it sparkles! Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing
- Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt, and cut the grass
Update the kitchen
- The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure
- Consider updating your kitchen cabinets. This doesn’t have to mean replacing them but refacing them, a cost-effective way to update!
- Declutter the surfaces and just leave a bowl of fruit out and take out any bulky appliances
Light and airy
- Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways
- Clean windows inside and out, and replace any broken light bulbs. Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive
- Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners
Make it look pretty
- Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows could make a place feel impersonal
- Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and also smell wonderful. So does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter
Get the right smells
- Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any grimy bed sheets
- If you are a smoker, place bowls of vinegar around the house and leave out for three days. Though the vinegar will smell when you open the windows it will disappear quickly taking a most of the stale cigarette smell out with it
- Good smells can make a property a very appealing home. While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee
- If there are any obvious conversions – adapting the garage into extra rooms, or going up into the loft – and you have some spare cash, why not take advantage of this rather than letting the new owners make easy money out of improvements. You should usually recoup your money
- If you don’t have enough spare cash to make the conversion, consider getting planning permission anyway
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