Thursday’s Ramblings; Getting Your House Ready for Sale

Selling your home can be stressful, especially if it seems that no one actually wants to buy. In the market today it can be difficult to find potential buyers but here’s just a few things that you can do to help make your house feel more appealing and therefore persuade people that they really like your property and can see themselves living in it one day soon.

On the Outside

One thing that many sellers often forget is that first impressions are long lasting. If the front of your house does not look attractive or homely, it will instantly put buyers off, not matter how wonderful the inside of your home may be. So the first thing you should do is stand outside and have a good look at your property. Is there anything you think doesn’t look quite right? If this wasn’t your home, is there anything that would put you off buying it as your home? Things to look out for include anything that is in disrepair such as peeling paint, chipped bricks, uneven driveways, long or dead grass, wilting flowers or broken fences. Once you’ve found the problem points, fix them up as best you can to make sure that the entrance to your home is appealing and welcoming.

Stepping Inside

The biggest thing to remember when selling your home is that clutter is a big no-no. Even though clutter can point to a home that has been lived in, it also tells potential buyers that the property is small, overcrowded and not worth their money. So do what you can to make the entrance spacious. Got lots of shoes? Purchase a cheap hanging shoe rack and hide your shoes in the nearest cupboard – the same goes for coats. This will help to keep a long-lasting first impression on the buyer. Also make sure that there is no scuffing or obvious marks on the walls of the entranceway and hallway. It should be clean and welcoming.

The Rooms

While you may be proud of your home and how well you’ve lived in it, the buyers don’t exactly need to see that. They need to be able to envision themselves living in the place. For this you need to keep all of your rooms in a minimalist style. Make sure that everything is clean and tidy and that the rooms look spacious. Obviously this can be easier said than done but it is essentially to making a good sell. However, you also want to make sure that the rooms are friendly, welcoming and homely. To do this you can add a few photos to make it seem lived in but only a few. Other suggestions include paintings and the odd ornament or candle – but don’t go overboard!

Make it Bright

On top of space, potential buyers also like to know that the house they’ll be living in is bright and welcoming. This can be achieved with big windows and curtains that are open but in the winter when their isn’t a lot of sunshine, you can also do this with lights. Make them bright, add in a few lamps here and there and just make sure that it all looks light and bright. This not only gives the potential buyers the opportunity to see what they can do with the space, but it lets them know that even when the sun isn’t shining, they can keep the rooms bright and welcoming. But of course, if you’ve got a lot of lights on in the rooms, it’s even more important to make sure that your rooms are clean.

Completely Finished

This may seem like an odd thing to mention but you need to make sure that your house is completely finished. Don’t show potential buyers around a house that is in the middle of a renovation. They will not be able to imagine what it would look like, your house will look messy and it is just not going to help you sell your house. If you’ve run out of money for the renovation, just make sure that you do what you can to make it at least look like it is finished. You’ll be grateful for it at the end when you not only sell your home but very likely you’ll sell it for more than you thought.

Get It Clean

The very last, but still very vital, point is to make sure that your house is completely clean from top to bottom. This will mean that their is no dust lurking around, it’ll make the rooms brighter, fresher and nicer. It will show the buyers that the house is pretty, appealing and it will show your house off at it’s best. Think of it like a first date. Would you turn up to the restaurant without showering first? Do the same for your house. Make them look attractive and appealing and you’re certain to get a sale. Following on from the last metaphor, you can also bake cookies just before the buyers arrive to add a tasty and welcoming smell to the air, just as you would brush your teeth before a date.

We hope you like our tips and that they do help you to sell your house at the best price possible. If you would like to get your house professionally cleaned for a competitive price, you can get a quote from us by clicking here.

Don’t forget to pop back next Thursday for another Thursday’s Ramblings!

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3 Responses to Thursday’s Ramblings; Getting Your House Ready for Sale

  1. jay says:

    Wow! Great and helpful advice, thank you so much!

  2. Paula says:

    I would never have even thought about the front part of the house. Thank you for this advice.

  3. Fiona says:

    Having just moved house, I would agree with all of these tips. Great advice for first time sellers.

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