Selling your home can be quite stressful. And getting your house ready to sell can also seem quite daunting. When you are selling your house is it important to make it seem like someone else could easily see themselves living there. That means presenting your house as aspirational and as impersonal as possible. Here are some things to do before you put your house on the market.
A deep clean is a great place to start when it comes to getting your house ready to sell.
Deep cleaning gives you the chance to present your home in the best way possible, whilst removing any odours and cobwebs too. This includes moving furniture out of the way to vacuum and mop underneath and you might want to consider hiring a Rug Doctor for any carpets and rugs within your home.
When deep cleaning your home remember to pay attention to:
- Mirrors and glass
- Light switches
Declutter To Start Getting Your House Ready To Sell
When it comes to preparing your home to sell, one of the cheapest and yet most effective things you can do is to declutter your home.
Remember, if you are selling your home you are also selling a lifestyle. When potential buyers see huge amounts of things cluttering surfaces, as well as overflowing garages, then it gives them the idea that your home doesn’t have enough storage space.
Decluttering will also make your home look more attractive in photographs and during visits from potential buyers. Doing this can also save you the hassle of moving unwanted items when your home does sell.
Easy things to declutter include:
- Books and games
- Kitchen gadgets
You can choose to sell some items to make a bit of extra cash towards your house move. Alternatively, you could give stuff away, or donate items to charity shops.
If you have a lot of rubbish to clear, then consider hiring a skip. Granted, you’ll have to pay out for it, but it could save you a lot of time.
Put Items Into Storage
As well as decluttering there might be some items that you want to keep but temporarily removing them from your home. You could either rent a storage unit, or ask a friend or family member if they have some spare storage you can utilise, like a garage or spare room. This way you can remove some items like furniture, books and toys to make your home look more attractive.
Getting your windows cleaned can really make your home look more attractive to potential buyers. You can do this yourself or hire a professional window cleaner, but make sure that your windows are cleaned both inside and out.
Remove Mould From Bathroom Seals
If mould is seen in your home, particularly in your bathroom(s) then you are telling potential buyers that there is an issue with damp and mould in your home. However, removing mould can be done quite quickly with vinegar and water or by using a specialist mould-removing product like Astonish Mould and Mildew remover. This quick job can make a big difference.
Tidy Up Your Garden
You don’t need to hire a landscaper to design a tropical oasis in your garden, but a mowed lawn and a tidy up can make the world of difference.
Remove toys from your garden, as well as any rubbish. You should also consider investing in a few plant pots to brighten up the space.
If you have any outdoor furniture then stage it for the photographs and viewings.
Little touches like removing the washing pegs from your washing line and taking down your rotary washing line can also make a big difference.
Don’t Be Afraid To Spend Some Money
When you are getting your house ready to sell, you might not want to fork out any more for repairs, maintenance or staging. However, by spending some money you can recoup this when the house sells by attracting higher offers from buyers.
Decide where your money will be best spent, by making a budget and sticking to it. For example, paying for a storage unit and a window cleaner might benefit your house sale more than buying new cushions for your sofa.
Fix Nicks Throughout The House
When getting your house ready to sell, fixing up the nicks can have a great effect.
It could be going around and touching up paint where it has chipped. Or using a magic eraser on areas where there are marks on your walls.
Don’t bother covering up odours with candles, wax melts and sprays. Instead, air out your home before viewings by opening the windows and doors.
This allows fresh air to circulate through your home and make it smell lovely.