You might have decided to sell your home in order to move out and find another. This could be due to a growing family and needing more space or moving for work. Whatever the reason for the move it is essential you get everything just right to sell. There are plenty of things that should be on your to-do list before you contact an agent to list your home on the market.
Here are four main things that should be done before you put your house up for sale.
The first thing you need to do is declutter. This is because when potential buyers come around they don’t want to see your belongings cluttering up the place. They need to be able to picture what their own items would look like instead. Another reason to declutter is that it makes the space appear larger than it is. When people are looking to buy a property the main thing they look for is space and storage available.
There are lots of ways to declutter. One such way is to go room to room and sort your items into three piles: keep, sell, and throw away. This is an easy way to get rid of your unwanted items.
When you know you have people coming around to look at your property you want it to look the best it possibly can. You should ensure that it has been thoroughly cleaned and there is no dust, dirt, or debris lurking around. Nobody wants to look at a home that hasn’t been looked after, a good deep clean is a must.
You might want to put some of your belongings in storage when people are coming around especially if you don’t want them getting damaged or manhandled. Putting stuff in storage is also a great way to make your home seem larger and the rooms appear bigger than they are. You could have some lovely knocker back dining chairs that you know you won’t be using until after you’ve moved. There is no point in them being in the home if they aren’t getting much use. Placing them in storage also prevents them from any damage from people looking around.
Before you open your home up to visitors and look rounds it is vital you carry out all repairs on your property. Similarly to people not wanting to look around a dirty home, they also don’t want to look around a fixer-upper. Your home must appear move-in ready to appeal to the majority of buyers. People won’t want to buy your home if they need to carry out repairs when they move in.
Be sure to check for any hidden leaks that have been lingering. The roof is a great place to start, look for any loose tiles or holes that may have let in rainwater. You should also conceal any holes or cracks in the wall.
Finally, one last thing to mention is the garden. If your garden appears messy or unkempt in any way it can turn buyers off. They automatically assume that if you don’t have the time to look after your garden then your home could be the same way inside. Mow the lawn and make sure any weeds have been eradicated. You could also make your home seem more welcoming by adding some bright flowers around the edge.