Prepare Your Home For Sale
A viewer makes a decision on whether to buy a house within the first few minutes. Most buyers make that decision with their heart and not their head. First impressions count! If your home does not give out the right signals then potential buyers are likely to go elsewhere with their house hunting in search of that “right feeling”
- The front of the property is the first thing people will look at, especially if you are going to have a ‘For Sale’ board outside. Therefore make sure it is neat, tidy and well kept. Keep the grass cut, clean the driveway – all the little things that make a big difference.
- Hide clutter. Remove boxes, shoes in the hall and thin down items in the bathroom and kitchen. You may have outgrown your home but you don’t need to show your viewers.
- Are there any areas (inside or out) that could do with a fresh coat of paint? It really can make all the difference in presenting your property as fresh and well kept. Where possible, select a neutral colour to appeal to as many people as possible.
- Prepare each room of your home to reflect its intended use. If it is a bedroom put a bed in it and remove other stored items.
- Make sure the inside of the property is clean and tidy. Tidy up any cluttered areas to make the property as spacious as possible and ensure the property is well lit so it looks bright and homely.
- If possible, give your carpets and upholstery a professional clean.
- Throw open the windows to give the rooms a chance to be well aired.
- Complete any maintenance jobs such as replacing light bulbs and fixing doors or finish any DIY projects you had started.
- Have your boiler serviced and electrics checked. This will give potential buyers confidence that you have taken care of your property.
- Make sure your garden is tidy, weeded and grass cut. Gardens are very important in selling your property.
- Get your documents sorted. Locate your deeds, talk to your mortgage company and prepare a folder of all documents and warranties relating to appliances etc.