Are you thinking about selling your home? It can be an exciting time, but it can also be a stressful one. There is a lot to be done when it comes to preparing your property for sale, and if you’re trying to encourage more buyers to view your property and put in an offer you’re going to need to pull out all the stops to impress.
So, which changes should you put in place to make sure your home is as attractive to potential buyers as possible? Here are our top tips.
Clear The Clutter
The very first thing you should do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of any mess or clutter in each room. Nobody wants to have to wade through mounds of piled up mail or odds and ends in corners when they come to view your home.
Throw away anything you no longer need and then tidy up any remaining items into boxes, baskets or drawers. This will ensure that surfaces and floors are clear when people come to look at your home.
Get Rid Of Personal Items
Although you don’t need to get rid of everything that pertains to you and your family before people come around to view your home, it makes sense to get rid of excess personal items. If the entire mantelpiece and all the walls are full of photos of you and your children, for example, it becomes very difficult for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your home.
Try to keep everything as streamlined and basic as possible so they can really maximize their image of themselves living in the space.
Although it’s never wise to go all out with a complete interior makeover in preparation for selling your property, there are a few things which you should do. One is to rethink any particularly dramatic paint schemes. While you may love your hot pink bedroom or orange kitchen, it’s unlikely that many potential buyers are going to share your enthusiasm.
The best approach is to give each room a neutral coat of paint ready for visitors to arrive. Whites, beiges, creams and soft grays are all attractive and appealing to potential buyers since they can pair them with accessories and furniture of their own choice. They won’t need to rush into redecorating immediately and this makes your home a better proposition from the get-go. Also, when you’ve just painted your home it has a stylish, fresh look which attracts buyers.
Remember Kerb Appeal
Before potential buyers even enter your home they are creating an impression about whether or not your house could be the right choice for them based on the exterior of your property. Think about how your front yard and driveway are looking. Tidy up any overgrown shrubs and mow the front lawn.
Tidy up the driveway, using a pressure washer if necessary, and cut back any overgrown bushes or trees. Make sure that your front door is looking clean and tidy. You may want to give it a fresh coat of paint or even update the hardware to make it look more modern. You might also want to consider hanging some baskets of flowers at the doorway or adding a couple of pots of plants by the front door to add even more aesthetic appeal.
Cleanliness Is Key
Before anyone arrives to view your property, make sure that you give the whole house a once over for cleanliness. You want to give the right impression from the start, so make sure that the floors and surfaces are all spotless and that the bathroom is grime and mold-free and smells good.
Use a good cleaning product to help remove stains from your kitchen sink, faucet and countertops as well as your appliances such as your oven. You should also make sure that your carpets have been professionally cleaned and smell good.
Give potential buyers the right impression about your property from the moment they walk through the door and you can be certain that you’ll be receiving an offer before you know it!