Getting ready to sell: 6 ways to prepare your home

Written by Erin F. Posted On Sunday, 18 March 2018 21:53

Selling your home doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process. Sometimes it can’t be helped – depending on the current state of the market – but there are certain steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of a quick and successful sale. Here’s 6 tips on how to set yourself up for selling success by making your home perfect for viewings.


1. Maintain cleanliness

Cleaning your home before a viewing is much easier if you tidy and clean as you go. You still need to live there, of course, but by keeping on top of mess more than you might usually it makes it easier when it comes to the viewings. Take extra care and pay attention to the smaller details such as light fixtures, and give it a thorough clean from top to bottom.


2. Declutter and organise

Find a place for everything that might usually be laying around. Decluttering makes your home look bigger, and of course a tidy home is more appealing to a potential buyer. Make sure everything is organised where they might look; they might want to check cupboard storage or garage space. Make sure these areas are clean and organised.


3. Make it light and airy

A light home is naturally more attractive. Make sure you make the most of natural light by opening curtains and blinds, and move any furniture that could be obstructing light entering the room. If there’s a lack of natural light, use lamps to give it an extra brightness boost. A couple of hours before a viewing, you should open all of the windows to allow fresh air to circulate. If it’s cold outside, be sure to close them a little while before to allow the house to heat up again!


4. Draw attention to attractive features

If you’ve got a particularly unique selling point in your home, do what you can to accentuate this feature. If it’s a beautiful garden, make sure the view out of the window is clear. Or if you’ve got a dynamic spare room, try to style it into a home office or spare bedroom so the viewers can envisage how they might use it.


5. Keep it neutral

Potential buyers are viewing your home to try and picture themselves there. Although it wants to feel like a home, it might be difficult if it’s too personalised to you and your lifestyle. Try to make it as neutral as possible so they’ve got a rough blank canvas to work from. They’ll have an easier time envisioning themselves living there if they can add their own style to the property.


6. Do some minor refurbishment

You can give your home a real boost by doing some minor refurbishment work – and without breaking the bank. If you’ve got wood flooring, you may be able to sand and use a refinishing oil to give it an updated look. This is the same for wooden kitchen units which, when paired with new handles and fittings, can look brand new. You can try this yourself, or consult a professional beforehand to see how the costs weigh up.


With prior preparation, you give yourself the best possible chance of finding a buyer for your home. This quick 6 step guide will hopefully help you achieve that quick sale we all dream of.

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