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Preparing your home to sell

26.03.2019 Site Manager

We recently covered the costs you should expect to come up against during the process of selling your home. However, once you’ve got your head around the numbers, the reality of ensuring your home is marketable and finding the right buyer will set in. From putting time aside to have a clear out to making small fixes to cracks and dull-looking rooms, we’ve listed some of the simple ways you can get your home ready for prospective buyers.

1.      De-clutter and de-personalise

One of the most important things you can do to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers is to declutter. On one hand, you’ll be glad to have started the process before it comes around to moving, but more importantly, rooms that are free of clutter will help buyers to see the potential of the space surrounding them and visualise what they might do differently to make the home their own.

If you’re already in the process of packing things up, consider removing personal touches such as photographs. This also provides a more objective view of the property for buyers to imagine themselves living there.

2.      It is harder to sell a house that needs repairs

Scrutinise your walls for chips, cracks or holes and sand, fill and paint over them. Walls will appear fresher and the small fixes will make a significant difference to the appearance of your home upon entering. This is also a good time to replace any broken lightbulbs, missing doorknobs or cupboard handles. By covering the very basics, prospective buyers won’t need to factor extra work into their plans.

3.      Certain paint colours sell houses

If your rooms are looking a little dull, why not go over the walls with fresh, neutral paint? Keeping rooms neutral help to maximise the appearance of space and make it easier for buyers to visualise the potential within the space. Choosing a white, beige or even blue for key interior rooms has shown to increase the selling price of the house overall.

You could go further to brighten your home up by adding simple house plants or replacing tired furnishings such as cushions or rugs. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service to deep clean and transform the appearance of your rooms, including carpets, stairways, skirting boards and door frames.

4.      Assess the first impressions

Try to think objectively about the first things you would notice as a visitor. First impressions count, so consider the appeal of your home from the street, such as how tidy the lawn is, the appearance of your doors and windows or if there any weeds along the driveway that can be tackled quickly.

Next, what do you notice as you walk into your home? This is a good opportunity to spot a few quick wins that you might have otherwise missed, but also pay attention to whether there are any musty smells that greet you. Air the place out by opening up the windows and be sure to check for any problem areas such as drainage or plumbing.

At Austin Gray, our experienced residential team can provide you with advice for every step of the selling journey. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, get in touch with a member of the team today. Alternatively, if you’d like to receive more content like this, why not sign up to our newsletter for handy information and property listings straight to your inbox?