So you’re planning on selling your source of joy and pride – your home. But there’s more to it than just putting on the price tag. Before opening the door to possible buyers, there are some things you need to be aware of. Bear in mind that first impressions indeed last, and can either make or break a sale.
Thoroughly clean your house
When it comes to selling your house, the most important thing to do is to clean up your house – clear out all the clutter, take away all the things that potential buyers might not need when they take over the house such as personal items. Here are some things to remember before placing that For Sale sign.
- Keep away your family photos.
- Pack away ornaments, or at least keep out only a few of them.
- Remove large items such as furniture – desks, tables, etc. This will open up a large living room space.
- Change into new bed linens to make the bedrooms attractive.
- Obtain new towels for the bathroom.
- Pack you children’s toys into boxes and store them in the garage.
- Clear your kitchen tops. Pack away appliances and other items to produce a lot of space.
- Purchase new blinds, curtains, light fittings or carpets.
- Clean up the bathroom and kitchen, including the surfaces. Carpets should be steam cleaned; dust and cobwebs from hard- to-reach areas should also be removed. Ensure that cupboards are neat and tidy and remove all items from underneath tables and beds.
Groom the outdoor areas
The appearance of the exterior of your home, such as the patio or garden, will have the same impact on possible buyers as that of the interior. Clean out gutters, fix fences and gates, and consider adding new lighting. Remember that the general impression of your home will definitely help boost the value of your property.
Repair any noticeable problems
It is always a good idea to fix any issues around the property which are visible, such as cracks in walls and windows, broken blinds, leaking taps, squeaky doors or floorboards, unfastened doorknobs, etc. Painting your house can also do wonders when it comes to making your property tidy and elegant.
Do a renovation
Before listing their property for sale, some people think about renovating certain parts of their house such as the kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. But before doing that, you must conduct your own research. Check your area for similar properties and how much they are worth. You can also talk to real estate agents or mortgage brokers to help you do your calculations – determine if the renovation costs could be compensated by the sale price. There are instances where it’s best to leave key renovations to the new owners. But if you feel that doing a renovation is the right thing to do, just make sure everything is done professionally so that it attracts potential buyers.
When the big day comes, always make sure that the property is in its best form inside and out. To help you manage everything, consider hiring a gardener or cleaner who are experts in their field, to help ensure nothing could go wrong.
Pay attention on the following important points:
Lighting – Make sure the property is well lit. A dark home is more likely to depress buyers rather than impress, so light up dark areas such as hallways.
Garden – Mow the grass, trim the hedges and pick up any rubbish or debris.
Pets – Let your neighbour take care of the pets during the open house days. Make sure to keep away their toys, bowls and sleeping mat as well.
Rubbish – Make sure you get rid of all garbage, including bottles and piles of newspapers and magazines.