Step-By-Step Guide To Preparing Your Home For Sale
Step-By-Step Guide To Preparing Your Home For Sale
Selling your home can be one of the most stressful times of your life. To attract potential buyers, you want to do everything you can to appeal to their taste and décor.
Below are our top tips in getting your home sold in no time.
If you have ever flicked through an Ikea catalogue or been to an Ikea warehouse, you will notice how every item has its place and purpose. It allows buyers to imagine what their house can look like and give them an idea of what can be done in the (sometimes limited) space.
Presenting a house clear of day-to-day items such as dishes, loose change, excessive toiletries, mail and other items away from view will allow buyers to focus on the space of the rooms, rather than the mess.
Another area vitally important are hallways, as they are the entryway to your home. Always be sure that shoes and coats are nicely kept away during home inspections.
When in doubt, go minimalist and you can’t go wrong.
There’s a reason why display homes are so effective. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in the homes when they walk through each room.
You want the buyers to fall in love with your home and imagine themselves your home as their home. To do so, you need to depersonalise your home, which means removing all evidence of you or your family in every room. For example, pack away items such as family photos, holiday souvenirs, children’s artwork, trophies and certificates and all other collectible items into storage.
Next on the list is to catch up on all the DIY fixes that had been left on the back burner for the last few years. A well-maintained home shows that it has been cared for, hence, in the buyers’ mind, less fixing required.
Also, for every issue a buyer notices, they will price in the additional hassle of getting it fixed themselves, reducing the maximum offer they’d make on your home.
Therefore, make any minor repairs necessary such as fixing broken knobs, cracked tiles, torn carpets and holes in the wall so your home will look more presentable to the buyer.
For any bigger issues, always seek a professional to have the work completed.
From the moment a potential buyer walks into a house, they will most likely take note of how clean the home is. Go through each room of the house and clean everything from top to bottom. This includes getting rid of limescale, clean all tile grout and remove all odours.
These can make or break a viewing so you may want to consider hiring professionals to make sure everything is cleaned thoroughly. You’d want every nook and cranny of your home to be dust and cobweb free so the buyers feel like they can move in the next day.
Fresh Coat of Paint
If your home is looking a little dated with old wallpaper or has marks on the walls, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders in sprucing up your home.
If a room is particularly dark (like bathrooms or laundry rooms), choosing a light colour will not only brighten up the room, it will also make it appear bigger.
Going with a neutral colour will help de-personalise your home to create a blank canvas that can help buyers imagine how their life can be in the house, and hopefully make them fall in love with it.
When a buyer walks into your home, they want to feel warm and welcomed. Having natural light all around would be ideal, however, not all homes have that option. Along dark hallways, placing wall mirrors can help reflect light from the doorway, lightening up the area. Changing light bulbs to LED natural white can also make it appear like there is natural light in the room.
Other tips include:
- Making sure all windows are cleaned thoroughly with broken light bulbs replaced.
- Place lamps at any dark corners of the home
- Putting a soft lamp in dark windowless bathrooms to create a warm glow
- Having all window and door blinds up during home inspections to allow natural light in.
Selling your home doesn’t only mean making sure your internal home is in great condition. Improving how your home looks from the outside is just as important as the inside. If there is a front garden, make sure it’s been maintained and free from weeds or overgrown grass.
If the exterior of the home is looking a little tired, it may be time to have a fresh coat of paint, including the window and door frames. You may also want to clean up the patio and remove any outdoor furniture of lichen and dirt.
Another area that most people forget are the gutters and roof tiles. Make sure you have a professional take a look to ensure gutters are cleaned and there are no cracked roof tiles that need fixing or replacing.
Usable outdoor space
Whether it’s a large backyard, a roof terrace, or a patio, make sure you use it to its full potential.
By adding some outdoor furniture, you can show buyers the potential the area has for entertaining guests or to relax in during the warmer months.
Having sufficient storage space can be at the top of most people’s list when they buy a home. When prepping your home, make sure your cupboards are less than 75% full. Buyers do have a tendency to open cupboards when browsing through homes and if they see your cupboards are bursting with items, they will assume there is not enough cupboard space.
Add some personality to your home with a couple of large leafy plants. You can also place a beautiful bowl of fruit or flowers as a focal point in the centre of the dining table. For bedrooms, you can place matching lamps on bedside tables and scatter some colour coordinated cushions on the bed for a pop of colour. In the kitchen, consider displaying a designer appliance on the benchtop to give it a ‘display home’ finish.