image source There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when it’s time to move on. Perhaps you’ve got your eye on a bigger house with extra garden space. Maybe your family is growing faster
There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when it’s time to move on. Perhaps you’ve got your eye on a bigger house with extra garden space. Maybe your family is growing faster than you thought and you simply need more space. Whatever the reason, it’s time to put your house on the market. And that means taking steps to increase its appeal to buyers.
You’ll want to squeeze every last penny of value from your home. That way you can put a bigger deposit down on the new place and maybe afford something nicer. We’ve pulled together an expert list of tricks to preparing your house for sale. Follow these steps and you’ll have a quicker sale and get extra value from your property. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Structural checks – Structural issues are the single biggest reason why house sales fall through. Buyers will put in an offer, start the paperwork and order a structural survey. They survey comes back riddled with problems and the sale falls through. Avoid this by getting the survey done first. Fix any problems immediately. If there’s an infestation, get in touch with pest control and remove it. Don’t let any inherent or structural problems limit your sale.
Deep clean – A clean house suggests careful and thoughtful owners. When the house is cleaned thoroughly, it makes a big difference to buyers. It will appear newer and in much better condition. Get rid of all the clutter to make the rooms look bigger and give everything a tidy finish.
Curb appeal – First impressions really do matter. Estate agents tell us that buyers make a decision within eight seconds of arriving at the house. Home buyers tend to act on gut instinct and that all starts with the front of your home. Make sure the front garden is neat and tidy. We’ve even seen homeowners add thousands simply by upgrading the front door! The front of your home needs that ‘wow factor’.
Neutralise the house – You may have spent years personalising your home. However, now’s the time to remove it all unfortunately. Prospective buyers want to imagine themselves living in the house. Give them a clean slate to make it easier. Repaint the walls a neutral colour and remove the vast majority of personal items. Keep it simple and neutral. Let buyers paint their own future as they walk in.
Light, light, light – In the property industry it’s all about location, location, location. There’s very little you can do about that now! But, what you can do is look to add natural light. Sunlight is a small thing that can add thousands to the value of the home. Natural light adds the impression of space and happiness. Work to maximise it as much as possible and show the home off to its best.
A quick and profitable sale is all about making a big first impression. Let prospective buyers imagine themselves living here and make the process as easy as possible. Follow these steps and you’ll have a quick, profitable sale in no time!