Leading up to putting your house on the market is usually a manic six weeks of ‘getting the house ready to sell’ preparation. There’s so much to think about when marketing your home and a few weeks of hard work is likely to pay when it comes to achieving your asking price quickly.
How to get the house ready to sell
A good decluttering session is fab. Not only will your house look cleaner and more spacious but it’s less to pack and take on to your new place.
You may love your style but strong themes and colours and bold statements can put off potential buyers. If you really want to move – depersonalise the space and opt for a neutral scheme.
Get all the little jobs you’ve been putting off done. Fix the dripping tap, straighten up fixtures and fittings, mend the door knob. Take a look around your home and make a list of little jobs and get them done. Ignored DIY jobs can signal warning signs to potential buyers.
A fresh coat of paint brightens up any tired spaces and makes them look cleaner. Freshly painted rooms give buyers the impression they can just move in and live. Weigh up the costs versus the gains when it comes to replacing any flooring. I’d be tempted to clean carpets and only replace if it’s a big sticking point preventing potential buyers putting in offers.
Seriously a house for sale can never be too clean! Make cleaning your hobby, make your home sparkle from the outside in. Shine windows, polish surfaces, vacuum and mop everyday. And when it comes to the kitchen and bathroom be sure they’re immaculate when viewers come. Get the windows open wide everyday and have your house smelling fresh! Don’t forget to neaten up your cupboards, potential buyers love a good snoop!
Get some curb appeal. Give the front door and gate a lick of paint, shine your knocker. Tidy the garden, weed and tame any madly overgrown areas. Sweep paths and steps and think about planting up a few nice window boxes or pots for added curb appeal.