Preparing Your House For Sale – 5 Top Tips:
In this blog, we’re going to look at preparing your house for sale. Here are five of the best things you can do to improve the chances of increasing your home viewings, and more importantly, getting that all-important sale!
Ever noticed how all the best-looking home photoshoots are quite basic in appearance?
There’s a reason for this minimalistic approach, it lessens distraction of the mind and keeps focus on the thought process of increasing the chance of a sale.
Keeping your rooms clear of clutter will allow your viewers to concentrate on the space rather than the items that are found throughout the home.
There are many things that should be removed that are classed as daily usage items, such as paperwork on worktop surfaces for example.
Hallways are a useful starting point for consideration, as this is the entrance to your home, and let’s not forget the importance of first impressions.
Be sure to keep hallways clear of shoes and coats when you’re expecting viewers, the last thing you need right now is for your viewers to be tripping over a pair of your size 9’s!.
Try to be as minimal as possible to maximise the chances of your visitors feeling at ease on arrival.
2. Odour Check
We all know that smells can be good or bad, but even some of the best ones may not necessarily increase the chances of selling your home.
It probably goes without saying that you’ll want to make eliminating bad smells a priority, such as pet smells, rubbish bins, toilets etc.
That said, you don’t want to go over the top with overpowering perfume smells either, it’s wise to get a subtle balance.
It may be a wise move to get a second opinion from a visiting friend or family member, someone who can give you an honest opinion.
3. Kerb Appeal
It’s a well-worn phrase in the world of selling houses, however first impressions count.
Improving how your property looks from the outside is equally as important as how it feels once you’re inside.
Make sure that the front of the house and front garden (if you have one), is tidy. Create a welcome appearance, make sure your windows are clean, and the lawn is tidy.
Doing these small jobs can be the difference between your potential buyer feeling good or uneasy on arrival.
4. Pet Free Zone
As a super pet-friendly business it isn’t an easy thing to write about banishing pets and their belongings from the home, they are after all part of the family
Unfortunately, however, not everyone feels the same way as pet owners do in that respect. Therefore, you might want to make your fluffy family member’s and their toys a little less obvious for the sake of the viewing.
Pet items such as beds and litter trays are the sort of things that could turn off a prospective purchaser, particularly if they do not and have never owned pets before.
It’s a good idea to stash all of those toys and bones into the garage or shed. For the sake of a potential house sale, it’s a quick and easy task to complete.
5. Keep It Clean!
We’ve left this one until last, but it could have been placed anywhere on the list and its importance would have remained the same.
Clean homes are easier to sell, without any shadow of a doubt, so make sure you clean everything thoroughly.
This is such an important element towards seeling your home, if you feel you do not have the time or energy to do this then consider hiring a cleaner.
Things such as carpets, sofas, and curtains hold smells that can make or break a viewing. Therefore, be sure to do all that you can to make your property shine.
If you need assistance with preparing your property for sale simply give us a call, or send us an enquiry. We’re always on hand to assist and we take great pride in helping people move home.