If you’re planning to sell up and move on, you may be thinking about renovations and refurbishment.
But which repairs and updates are essential and how do you go about the selling process? Here are four essential things to get sorted before you place that ‘For Sale’ sign outside.
Complete the clean-up
A dirty, messy house will put buyers off instantly. Spend a few hours going through each room, tidying up and throwing anything you don’t want in the bin.
Store toys, clothes and shoes away from sight and try to keep your floors as clear as possible. Polish the bathroom and kitchen and spruce up the outdoor space.
Research suggests that humans create impressions in seconds, so make sure your home has curb appeal.
Give your front door a lick of paint and place some pot plants outside the door to make your house look more welcoming. Mow the lawn and tidy up any flower beds or decking areas.
Finish off any renovation work
If you’re in the middle of a project, such as replacing the bathroom suite, make sure this is finished before your house goes on the market.
Buyers will be much more impressed with the finished article than a half-done job and lots of dust. Complete any painting and decorating jobs and tidy away paint pots, brushes and dust sheets.
Get in touch with an agent
Before your house goes on the market, it’s advisable to arrange for some estate agents to come around and have a look. They can give you an idea of valuation and asking price and offer some advice, which may help you to sell faster.
Estate agents will be able to impart their local knowledge to tailor your sale to the target market. Once you’ve decided to sell, keep in touch with your agent for updates about viewings and feedback from potential buyers. You can use their responses to address any issues and ensure future viewings are more successful.
If you have planning permission for an extension or conversion, make sure you inform the agent. Planning consent can add substantial value to your home, particularly in sought-after areas.
The simplest things can often make the difference when it comes to a viewing. Add fresh flowers to brighten up a room and light some scented candles to add a pleasant smell and create a warm atmosphere.
Tidy up the front of the house and park your car around the corner, to create the illusion of more space. Add a mirror in the hallway to make the room look larger and brighter and turn some lights on.
If you are doing some of the viewings, give the buyer space and time. Let them wander around and be on hand to answer any questions.
Selling a house can be stressful, but there are ways of making life that little bit easier. Follow these steps to get your house in shape and secure a stress-free sale.
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