If you are selling your own home: How to prepare it for sale
Use an Online Estate Agent
online estate agents to sell their home themselves. This can save a great deal of money as you cut out estate agents fees which can typically be around 1% of your sale price so that can be thousands of pound you can save using the internet to sell your own home.
Make it Spick and Span
First, everything must be thoroughly cleaned. This means everything from door knobs, to windows, to carpeting; anything visible to a potential buyer must be sparkling. If you are living in your home while it’s on the market, you must be ready at all times for the doorbell to ring with someone waiting outside to come and view the property. This may be especially challenging if you have children.
This is when you devise a plan ahead of time to “stash and dash.” A stash and dash means tossing toys in baskets, hanging jackets on the coat rack, organizing shoes into cubbies, and be ready to dash out at a moment’s notice so your house can be shown. Children should not be present during the showings, either, so in your escape plan, have some place where you can take the children for half an hour or so while the potential buyers look at your property.
Another rule of thumb: remove all personal items, such as your childs artwork from the refrigerator, family photos, or anything personalized that may distract your potential buyers. You want them to be picturing themselves living in your house, and they cannot do that if they are constantly reminded that you still live there. Also, any highly personalized space, such as children’s names on their walls, or custom décor must be taken down and neutralized. Your 9 year old may have wanted lime green walls, and at the time you thought it was cute, but the chances of a potential buyer wanting a lime green room is slim to none.
Bit of Paint
It is highly recommended that all rooms in your house be repainted some light coloured neutral, or completely white. Statistics show that houses that are completely neutral sell faster than homes that are highly personalized. Buyers will want to add their own personalization after they move in, so provide them with a clean slate and you are more likely to make that sale.
Outside as well
Cleaning is not limited to the interior of your home. After all, the outside of your house is the first thing people see. That is what our American brothers and sisters call it “curb appeal.” How much attention have you paid to your landscaping? If you have flower beds, fill them with fresh mulch at the very least. Planting some annual flowers would be ideal. Trim all shrubbery and edge and mow the lawn. Do these things and your house will be show-ready at a moment’s notice, and remember, a first impression is a lasting one, so never underestimate the power of curb appeal!