Selling your home can be quite a stressful time, and getting your house ready to sell can seem quite daunting. When you are selling your house is it important to make your home seem like a place someone else could easily see themselves living. That means presenting your house as aspirational and as impersonal as possible.
Here are some essential things you need to do before you put your house on the market:
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 areas that are often neglected, including:
- Mirrors and glass
- Light switches
- Skirting boards and kickboards
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.
When you are selling your home you are also selling a lifestyle, and 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 not only make your home look more attractive in photographs and during visits from potential buyers, it 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, or donate them to charity shops or by using the Olio app.
As well as decluttering there might be some items that you want to keep but temporarily removing them from your home will make it appeal more to potential buyers.
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 from your home and make it look more attractive.
Whether you do this yourself or hire a professional window cleaner, getting your windows cleaned can really make your home look more attractive to potential buyers. Make sure that your windows are cleaned both inside and out.
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.
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, and 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.
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.
Set a budget and decide where the money will be best spent – for example paying for a storage unit and a window cleaner might benefit your house sale more than buying new cushions for your sofa.
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.
Instead of covering up odours with candles, wax melts or sprays, one of the best things you can do is to air out your home before viewings by opening the windows and doors.
This allows fresh air to circulate through your home and neutralise any smells.
Ready to sell?
Yes, preparing to move house is a stressful time. But by spending a little extra time and money now getting your house ready to sell, you can find a buyer sooner and even get a better price! So roll up your sleeves and get stuck in.