Selling your home isn’t as simple as putting up a ‘for sale’ sign and waiting for the bites to come in - at least not anymore. People are much savvier these days and a greater choice means greater competition, meaning you need to work hard to be able to sell your home.
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Whether you’re in a hurry to sell or you want to get the most value from your home, there are approaches you can take to help you make that sale. Get your home ready for sale with these top tips to help make your home a buyer’s dream.
Clear out your unwanted clutter
When dealing with home visits or even taking photographs of your home, there’s going to be a lot of cleaning involved. Cleaning is much easier when there’s less to clean, so if you’re dealing with unwanted clutter in your home, it’s time for a clearout. Decluttering now will benefit your present situation, as well as make it easier for you to move when you do make that sale. Declutter your home and you’ll be in a much better position to sell.
Fix the little things
Would you buy an item of clothing knowing it needed a load of repairs before you could wear it? Absolutely not - and the same goes for a house. While you’re not expected to carry out major renovations before you sell, it pays to fix the little things. Broken doors, faulty locks and cracks in the walls are all things you should fix to present your home in the best light. Get MKS Plumbing to take care of leaks or dodgy taps to avoid giving potential buyers something to gripe about. By getting everything in order before you start showing buyers around, you’ll deal with far fewer questions and snags further down the line.
Take high-quality photographs
Many people will look online for their new home before visiting an estate agent or an open-house, meaning that high-quality photographs are a must. It’s worth reading tips on taking photos of your home to help you understand what’s involved. Shoot during the day and make sure rooms are dust-free to help you create photos that will put your home in the best light.
Work on the outside of your home
The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it pays to work on improving it. Pay attention to your garden and make sure everything is kept neat and tidy and perhaps add some new flowers to give things a fresh and attractive appearance. A fresh coat of paint on the door or window frames can also make a big difference to give your home the ‘kerb appeal’ that can help generate interest in your home. Don’t forget your backyard either. As one of your home’s biggest assets, a well-maintained garden could be what helps to push that sale through.
Keep it clean
One big spring clean could be all it takes to help you make that sale. After giving your home a thorough clean once, you will only need to do some regular, small cleaning jobs to keep things in shape. Learn to clean for 20 minutes a day to help keep your home neat and presentable throughout the selling process.
Stage your home
Many people turn to staging to help their homes make the right impression on potential buyers. Make sure that everything is put away, with plenty of floor space, to help you create a more open space. You can invest in some cheap home accessories such as textiles, candles, and ornaments to create a look that could be featured in a magazine, and then simply put them away when they’re not needed. Have a plan in place ready for viewings so that you can stage your home the right way each time.
Give buyers space to look around
While you might be super keen and enthusiastic about selling your home, becoming a shadow to would-be buyers can be off-putting. Once you’ve welcomed them in, give them the space to look around by themselves. Make it clear that you’re available to answer questions, but otherwise - let them browse alone. People want to picture what their lives would look like in a space, not relive your memories.
With a plan in place and a checklist to follow, you can make selling your home a breeze. Focus on the little details to help make the best impression, and you’ll soon be on your way to making that sale.