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Selling your home can be a stressful and often long-winded experience, but here, we share some handy tips to make the process a little easier for you and speed it up. Keep on reading to find out more.
Remember that first impressions count
Viewers and potential buyers are going to make judgements of your property as soon as they pull up to the kerbside, and certainly within seconds of walking through the front door. Make sure the judgements are positive ones!
If you have a front yard, spend some time sprucing it up. Clear away any litter and debris, fix any broken fences, clean down the windows and put some welcoming plants by the front door. If you can, give your front door a fresh lick of paint or give it a good clean – it really can make all the difference.
If you have shutters and blinds, make sure that they all match or at least complement each other from outside and are opened properly to make sure they look neat and allow maximum light into the property.
Tidy up and declutter
We simply cannot stress this point enough: tidy up, and get rid of or hide as much personal clutter as you possibly can. You might love your collection of quirky Russian dolls that line every shelf and surface in your home, but we can’t guarantee that your potential buyers will love them quite as much. Too many personal items not only make the house or room appear smaller than it actually is, but it makes it much more difficult for people to imagine how they could put their own stamp on the room and bring in their own furniture. Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s books and declutter.
You might have lived with that annoying hole in the wall or that toilet that needs flushing in a particular way. You might not have been bothered with that faucet that drips annoyingly all night, but the person who buys your home certainly won’t appreciate it. That’s if they buy it – a structural check will reveal any issues with the property ..and could potentially devalue your house. Instead of taking that risk, sort out any issues before you even put it on the market.
Consider your pets
You love your furry four-legged friend. You don’t mind then moulting hair all over you and giving you big slobbery kiss when you walk through the door. However, potential buyers may not find them quite so endearing. They may even be frightened of them or allergic to them. If you can, ask someone to take your dog out or look after your cat while you hold viewings, or at the very least, contain them to one room such as the garage or utility room, and warn viewers before they go to that room.
Selling your house can be difficult. It is hard to think about people judging somewhere you have called home and lived in, but when it comes to making it more sellable, be objective, not subjective.