Are you looking to sell your house? You may have outgrown your current property but are aware that it needs work doing on it before you sell up and move on. Or perhaps you are looking to downsize. The process and road ahead can seem very daunting and overwhelming. It is really important to break down the move into bite-sized manageable goals and chunks. Below are some tips for doing home improvements before a sale.
Things you must do before you sell
If you have been living in your property, but you are ready to sell to move onto pastures new, then there are certain things that you must address before you go to sell.
- Have a deep clean of the inside and outside of your house- we want it to sparkle. A clean looking home is far more attractive for potential buyers. Until you have successfully sold your house, I would recommend keeping on top of the cleaning so that you are always ready for a viewing.
- Touch up chipped paintwork. You can always invest in some tester pots to do this job rather than forking out for a great big paint tin. Any scuff marks or minor fixes should be done. When someone is looking to buy a house, they won’t want to add little repairs onto their list to do.
- De-clutter. Again, a de-cluttered home is a far more attractive sight and it allows potential buyers to view the home and see the potential for themselves. You need to address all of your surfaces, such as windowsills, tables, kitchen countertops as well as what you wouldn’t think about- behind doors, in cupboards and wardrobes. When someone is viewing to buy, you have to expect that nothing is off-limits as they will want to know what the storage space is like. So, in this case, out of sight should not be out of mind. The reasoning behind less clutter is that potential buyers are reassured that they will have enough space for their own belongings. You can donate your clutter to charity, or if you’re struggling to get rid completely, you could box it up and put it in the loft or use another temporary storage solution.
- Fix what is broken. Have you got something broken that is very visible? Perhaps you have a knock in the wall or a cupboard that has become unhinged. Fix all of these breaks and you will see a huge difference.
- Give your front door a lick of paint and pop some plants near your entrance. You’d be surprised at the effect this has on visitors and potential buyers. This adds instant appeal.
- Hide your valuables. You will not want your valuables on display as you can never trust who is viewing your property.
Don’t neglect your outdoors space
- Tidy up the garden. Your buyers may have their own ideas of how they want to landscape the garden, however, it’s not very appealing viewing a property with an overgrown wilderness. Those wanting to buy may not want a garden project quite so daunting, however, with a blank canvas they will see clearly what they are after from the garden. I would say weed what you can and get rid of any junk/ rubbish that may be littering the garden.
- What is your street appeal? Have you got a gate that looks nice and works well? Is your house number clearly visible? Can you sweep the front pathways and driveway to make that look tidier? We all love the idea of living in a nice location, the first impressions of a home are essential- and this is where a tidy street appeal kicks in.
The extra details
- If a room is in desperate need of a fresh lick of paint, now is the time to do it. You should do whatever you can do give it a clean new feel. If you have any rooms that are not in neutral tones, they will need a repaint. Neutral tones are safe and should not cause offence- unlike what may be your favourite colour painted boldly on an accent wall.
- If your toilet seats aren’t up to scratch anymore, I would consider buying new ones.
- Potential buyers don’t enjoy viewing your homely touches, such as personal photos. They want to be able to view this as their home. Box up the personal belongings, it won’t be forever.
- Have you got any missing light bulbs? This might be something minor to you, but to a new potential buyer, it may have them wondering about bigger problems such as the electrics.
- Are your door and cupboard handles all intact? Again, something like a loose handle can lead to viewers wondering what else could be potentially broken.
- Greenery creates a more welcoming appeal so invest in indoor plants. They don’t have to be expensive or extravagant, but by placing some green plants around the home, you will add extra appeal.
- Does your home smell good? It’s hard to figure this out yourself as you will be used to your own home smell, but you can get someone unbiased to come in and smell for you? You can then invest in some wax melts, candles and plugins to mask any smells. I would suggest lighting some before a viewing and using plugins.
Selling your home can be very overwhelming. It may be worth getting a home stager involved. Home stagers are experts in knowing what helps to make a house sell. They can come in and advise you on how to stage your home to get the most potential out of it. By following the above advice, you should be on your way to getting your home ready to sell. Why not print this blog and use it as a tick list to get you sale-ready?