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Preparing Your Home For Sale
The first step in selling your property lies in making your home look its best. You want to help potential buyers to see all the advantages of buying your house, and to picture themselves living there. To do this, you need to take the time to prepare your home ready to receive viewers
We all have our own unique tastes, but the key to selling your home quickly is to tone down anything that may put off a potential buyer. As much as you may love your retro wallpaper or vibrant carpet, it may prevent others from seeing all the appealing features of your rooms. If you can, invest a little money in some simple redecoration in neutral shades - it will be well worth it.
Remember that you are trying to create the right impression when viewers walk into your home, so making sure that your rooms are tidy and attractive is very important. De-clutter all your spaces and remove as many personal knick-knacks as possible. This makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your property.
Of course, cleanliness is paramount - nobody wants to picture themselves living in a dirty home. Space is another factor, so if it is possible, rearrange furniture to maximise your floor space as this will appeal to viewers.
If there are any areas of your home that require obvious attention, fix and repair them before anyone arrives to view your property. Any large cracks should be filled, taps should be stopped from dripping, and any broken fittings should be replaced to create the right impression.
Make Your Rooms Appealing
Ensure that your home has a cosy appeal when buyers come to call. If they are arriving on a winter's evening, make sure the heating is on or the fire is roaring, that the lighting is atmospheric and that dark corners are well illuminated. On a summer's day, make sure that the windows are open to avoid excess heat and stuffiness - your rooms will feel airy and more spacious.
It is a known fact that kitchens and bathrooms are the two key rooms that sell homes, so put the time and effort into making sure that yours are looking top notch. Of course it probably isn't worth investing in a brand new bathroom suite or fitted kitchen, but you can make the best of what you already have.
It goes without saying that you should give these rooms a thorough deep clean, removing all grime, grease and mould. If your fixtures and fittings aren't the best, you can replace these relatively cheaply, so consider investing in some modern drawer handles or a stylish new shower head. Replace worn out textiles such as bath mats and towels to give a fresh, coordinated look to your bathroom. A little effort can go a long way!
Smell has been shown to be very important in persuading buyers to put in an offer. Avoid the sickly aroma of chemical air fresheners, but try natural scents such as fresh baking, brewing coffee or flowers - it really works!
Remember that the exterior of your home is the first thing that potential buyers see, so never underestimate the importance of kerb appeal. Go outside and look at your house - what could be improved? If your driveway is in a poor state of repair and your front garden needs tidying, get it sorted before anyone comes to view your property.
Clean your front windows, repaint your front door and polish your door knocker. If you normally keep your bins at the front of your home, consider hiding them away temporarily in a garage or round the side of your house.
Buyers are likely to think your home is more attractive if you invest in a few simple features to improve its appearance. A couple of hanging baskets or some small potted plants by the front door will give your property a boost, or a few new border plants will go a long way towards brightening your front lawn.
Don't forget your back garden too. Outdoor spaces are one of the major selling factors of a property, so maximise the potential of yours. Mow your lawn, tidy any trailing plants and trim the bushes. Ensure your garden furniture is in a good state of repair, tidy up the kids' toys and add a few solar lights or pot plants to improve your patio area.
Get Help From The Professionals
Choosing a good estate agent is important to achieve a quick sale. Forging a strong and professional working relationship with your agent couldn't be more important, so you need to find one that understands your requirements and is prepared to put in the effort on your behalf.
Choose an agent that has a friendly and approachable manner, but who also does what they say they are going to do. If your agent doesn't call back when they say, is never available when you need them, and forgets about meetings and viewings, you need to look elsewhere. A good estate agent will be proactive and will always keep you up to date with progress in your sale.
Play your part in cultivating a good relationship with your estate agent. Be positive when you communicate with them, and even if you are feeling frustrated, maintain a friendly and approachable attitude. Avoid problems later by arranging a communication strategy in advance, making it clear about how frequently you would like contact regarding your sale, and always keep your communication channels open. The better your agent understands you and your motivation for selling, the harder they will work on your behalf.
Describe Your Home To Its Best Advantage
Make sure that when your estate agent lists your property that it is being presented in its best light. If possible, hire a professional photographer to take shots of your interiors and exteriors. If that is not possible, make sure that you do everything possible to ensure your property photographs are appealing.
On the day the images are captured, keep all surfaces clear and tidy, place tasteful accessories in shot, and try to arrange the appointment at the best time of day for your rooms to appear to their best advantage. Think carefully about the necessary angles to make your rooms appear larger, and above all else, if your home is on the market for some time, keep your photos up to date and seasonal. Christmas decorations in your photographs when you are selling in July is a tell tale sign of how long your home has remained unsold.
Consider writing your own descriptive text for your estate agent's listing, You know your property better than anyone else and will know the best way to make your description engaging and emotive. Be creative and informative while avoiding jargon and clichés. Eye catching headlines will help to attract buyers' attention, while choosing the right adjectives such as "cosy" and "welcoming" will create the right impression in potential buyers' minds before they ever set foot in your home.
If you follow this simple guide, you should find the process of selling your home is less onerous than you expected, and hopefully you will achieve the quick sale that you desire.