Once you’ve decided to sell, you’ll have at least a few weeks before people come through the door. Use the time wisely to get your home ready for sale
With the right preparation, you can quickly and easily increase the value of your home.
Read on for the top 8 tips to make buyers fall in love with your home and seal that sale.
1. Clean thoroughly
Giving your home a good, thorough clean is an absolute must when selling your home.
Now more than ever, cleanliness and hygiene are at the front of people’s minds.
Cleaning your home can:
- remove any unwanted smells
- make the place look bigger and brighter
- instil confidence that the property is well looked after
- give a positive first impression
Remember, first impressions count for a lot and you only get to make one!
Decluttering your home is sage advice for anyone, whether selling or not. It helps to maximise the available space in your home and it will make your next move that little bit easier too.
You could also take the opportunity to donate some unwanted things to charity, which will give you extra karma points!
Decluttering can actually be quite therapeutic. We’ve been channelling our inner Marie Kondo for some time now and we haven’t looked back!
Selling your home can be hard enough, so why not do something that’s good for the sale and just as good for your soul?
3. Repair any damage
While some people don’t mind a fixer-upper, any existing damage will decrease the final sale price of your home. Generally, we’ve found that the amount that comes off the asking price is more than the cost of repairs.
Damage affects buyers’ confidence and changes their perception of your home. Wherever possible, it’s always in your best interest to fix any damage before selling your home.
We all have our personal preferences, but this isn’t the time for a clash of tastes. Quite the opposite – give yourself the best chance of selling your home by presenting it as a blank canvas for prospective buyers.
De-personalised doesn’t mean boring – simply use neutral colours and decor that don’t run the risk of turning anyone off.
5. Think about lighting
When selling your home, light is your friend. Light creates a sense of space, cleanliness and comfort.
Consider opening your curtains, make sure all lights are in working order and set up some table or floor lamps if your home is particularly dark.
6. Highlight your storage space
Too often, storage space is reduced to an afterthought when preparing your home for sale. For many people – us included – storage space is just as important as any room in the house. After all, if you don’t have enough storage, then your living spaces are going to be filled with all the stuff that should be kept out of sight.
Whether you have a lot or a little, you can show off your storage space by making sure it’s clean, well organised and well lit.
7. Make a good first impression
We’ve talked about having a clean, bright home – both of which things are key to making a good first impression – but the real first impression actually starts outside the home.
Sometimes we can be so busy focusing on getting the inside of the home ready for sale that we neglect to make some simple, but effective, improvements to the outside.
To increase your kerb appeal:
- Tidy your front garden.
- Clean the windows and doors.
- Remove any debris from the roof and gutters.
- Make sure there is enough lighting around driveways and paths.
8. Don’t overdo it with the renovations
Let’s face it, we’ve all seen those home improvement shows and we’ve all thought about what it might be like to have a jacuzzi in the kitchen.
The reality is that most large-scale renovations are really not cost-effective when selling your home, and usually not necessary.
Rather than spending a lot of money on something that might or might not increase the value of your home, focus your renovations on the essentials – electrics, plumbing, gutters, floors, etc.
So there you have it – follow these 8 steps to maximise your home’s value.
At Possibl, we know how important these improvements are to your home. We also know that these little jobs can be costly and that’s where we can help.
Get in touch to see how we can help get your property into the best shape for sale.