Selling a home is a challenge. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure a speedy sale and the best possible price. Have a structured, professional and organised approach. It's not a question of luck; rather carefully planning things and ensuring your buyers see your home as an attractive choice.
Below, you'll find a quick and handy guide to giving your home the best possible chance of selling, and fast. Firstly, put aside any emotional attachment you may have. This is a house, and you're trying to sell it. It's a product, just like in the supermarket, corner shop or department store. Try to look ahead, and set this pile of bricks and mortar free. Soon you'll be in a brand new home.
With careful preparation, you'll soon be handing over the keys. Say your farewells to each room, and think forward to the new home you'll soon be moving into.
Make your house a blank canvas. Pack away your personal belongings, make the walls bare. This way, you'll allow buyers the freedom to imagine this house as their home; their possessions, heirlooms and other personal items in place. They can't do this if your things are in the way.
It's astonishing how many people are hoarders. Think about it; if you haven't used something for a year or more, do you really need it? If not, throw it out or give it away to a charity shop, family member or friend. Put away the books, the kitchen utensils, and all your bits and pieces. If an item is essential for every day use, have an 'essentials' box easily accessible, which can be hidden under the stairs when not needed. You'll have to pack anyway in the end, so this will be a good start!
Naturally, buyers will be nosey. They'll look in cupboards and drawers. If there is clutter, what message does this give buyers? On the other hand, if everything is organised and tidy, it says a lot about how much you look after the house. You should therefore make sure dishes are neatly stacked, shirts are hung together, and your shoes are lined up and paired properly. These little things make a big impression.
You should also remove unnecessary furniture from every room. If your house is covered in bulky, space-consuming items, it won't look its best. Store away those bookcases that you've emptied. This will help your rooms look bigger and better. Allow your buyers enough space to look around, but at the same time making sure each room's function is obvious.
For those little repairs that need doing, just get them done! Fix any jammed drawers, patch up any obvious holes in the walls or ceilings. This will ensure your house looks loved and cared for, which is obviously encouraging to buyers. Paint the walls and ceilings neutral colours, such as cream or white. You don't want buyers remembering your house because of its pink kitchen!