Preparing Your Home for a Sale

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Selling your home can be a stressful procedure at the best of times and sometimes a little overwhelming. Getting your house prepared for viewing can seem like a gargantuan task, but by breaking it down into manageable sections you can make it a whole lot easier.

Home Improvements

If you have the budget, the time and the capability, it might be a good idea to invest in major improvements such as building an extension, improving your garden or replacing the boiler. All of these things will increase the value of your property at sale; weigh up the cost of making the improvement, and the potential increase in value to see if it’s worth it.

Best Impressions

Lighting makes a huge impression on the general atmosphere of any interior space. Good lighting can make spaces seem larger, more airy, and more cheerful. It’s a good idea to make sure all your lightbulbs are all in working order and the lighting in your home shows off the space in the best way. Go for bright, energy saving LED lightbulbs as they’re cost effective and last much longer than older types of bulb.

Sellability

Sellability is all about how the buyer can see themselves living in the house and as such, superficial touches really can make or break a viewing. We suggest to go for neutral décor – there’s no accounting for taste, so where possible, keep it minimalist. Don’t take away all of your personal items, but it is a good idea to remove clutter to a storage unit or anywhere else it can be put while viewings are happening.

Fixtures and Fittings

Replacing or repairing small components in your household is a good place to start, and usually is relatively cheap. Start with the most obvious ones – the glaring problems that you may have got used to seeing yourself but will stick out like a sore thumb to potential buyers. Check door handles, door frames, skirting boards, cupboards and floors. It goes without saying that everything should be clean and polished, clutter free and above all, functional.

Take a look at each room; make a list of all the minor issues that are easily resolvable and tick those off one by one. Usually, a lick of paint or a deep clean can get things back to their best before major work is even considered. Don’t redecorate your whole house if there’s no real need. Getting your house to sale is all about making the buyer happy, so as far as possible, put yourself in their shoes.

 

In collaboration with Becky G.

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