If you’re thinking of selling your property this year then you’ll want to make it stand out from the crowd. You would also want to generate as much interest as possible to make sure you achieve the full asking price.
The Mortgage Squared team have put our heads together. We wanted to share with you the top seven things you can do to get your property ready for sale.
Neutralise Your Home
There’s nothing wrong with injecting your personality into your home, but if you’re selling, then garish paint and leopard print feature walls won’t be to everyone’s taste. If this sounds anything like your property then give some serious consideration to some light redecorating, ideally using neutral colours such as off-white, magnolia, greys, or pastels. Making it easy to see potential in your home will help to sell it.
Following on from our first point, there are some simple lighting tricks you can do to make your home feel brighter, which in turn will make it feel more spacious and appealing to potential buyers.
It can be as simple as putting up a mirror opposite a window to reflect the light, or ensuring you have high-voltage light bulbs fitted. If you have blackout blinds or curtains in your bedrooms then make sure these are open before any viewings, to avoid rooms appearing dark or gloomy.
We all tend to throw empty boxes in cupboards (just in case) and gather ‘stuff’ as the years pass. If you’ve been hoarding items, then the sale of your property is the perfect time to get rid of unwanted items and declutter. It’ll help your home appear more spacious and there’s potentially the added benefit of making a few pounds selling some of your old belongings.
Did you know that your home has its own distinctive smell? Obviously not all houses have strong smells but if you regularly smoke or vape indoors or you have a cat or dog causing a whiff. No matter how beautiful your house may be, this is likely to be the first thing a visitor notices when they walk through the front door. If your property has a strong smell to it then give it a good deep clean before any viewings or get professionals in if you need to.
First Impressions are everything
If you have an overgrown garden, a grubby front door, and a broken gate then it’s time to get your gardening gloves on and tidy it all up. Selling your property looking its best is important.
Curb appeal is important not only because many potential viewers will do a ‘drive by’ to check out the property before booking a viewing. First impressions are what always form the basis of someone’s opinion of your property. Things that can damage your home’s curb appeal include having dirty wheelie bins on display, smeared windows, and chipped paintwork. Spend a little time maintaining your outdoor areas. Be sure everything is up to scratch before the viewings start.
Adding little extras like a potted plant or a lamp to light up your entrance can make a big difference too. You don’t need to do anything extravagant, just remember, it’s all in the details!
Show Off Your Homes Assets
Step room to room in your home and check for little things that may detract the attention of a viewer while selling.
A study or a room you are using as an office needs to be tidy and your paperwork is filed away so that viewers can see an organised workspace.
Have you got a fireplace? Make sure it’s not being blocked by toys or extra bits of furniture that you haven’t stored away so that viewers can imagine themselves sitting by the fire.
Utilise your dining table. This is a common dumping ground for pretty much everything. Make sure it’s clear of any paperwork or household bits that have been piling up so that viewers can see there is a defined place to eat.
If you have a utility room, remove piles of laundry and tidy away detergents so that viewers can appreciate the extra space catering for the needs of a family.
When it comes to our homes it’s easy to take some of the features, we see every day for granted, but to a viewer they may be just what they’re looking for in a home. Be sure to highlight all of your property’s best features.
Fix up, looks sharp
Keeping on top of the maintenance of your home is crucial for when you are selling. If you haven’t regularly maintained your home, now is the time to get all those little niggly jobs done. Make sure everything’s as well maintained as possible. Whether it’s fixing a damaged fence or just replacing a broken lightbulb, these minor details can make a big difference to potential buyers. It shows that your house is well looked after, and it will give viewers fewer excuses to negotiate. Make your property as flawless as possible – touch up paintwork and don’t forget to check gutters and drainpipes to get rid of leaves and debris.
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