Published: 18/01/2021Whether you are looking to bring your property to the market soon or a bit further down the line, it’s good to have an idea of what you can be doing to get your home ready to sell.
Even if you aren’t currently considering selling, most of us have some extra time on our hands at the moment, so it’s the perfect time to get some things done that we wouldn’t normally get around to doing.
First impressions are very important to prospective buyers so it’s worth giving your home a deep clean if you’re preparing to put your home on the market. Make sure to wipe down surfaces, mop the floors and scrub your kitchen and bathroom. You may also want to consider getting things like your carpets professionally cleaned as this can make a big difference!
Decluttering your belongings and organising your living space is crucial as a clutter-free home is much more appealing to prospective buyers. By presenting a clean and organised home, buyers are able to focus on the important stuff rather than your knick knacks scattered around.
Don’t be tempted to move lots of clutter into cupboards or wardrobes. Buyers will often look in there and if they are bursting at the seams, they might assume there isn’t enough storage rook in the house.
View our tips on decluttering here.
If there are any small, niggly jobs that need doing around the house, now is the best time to get these fixed! From broken locks to cracks in the walls, it’s vital to get these things seen to before listing your property as it could put buyers off if they think it hasn’t been looked after. Getting these little problems rectified means there will be less temptation from the buyer to offer you a lower price for the property.
If there’s anything slightly bigger that needs fixing or you’re simply not up to the task, get a handyman who can sort these for you.
It’s amazing what a fresh lick of paint can do! Whether the walls just need a refresh, or you want to go for more neutral colours, this will make your home feel bigger, brighter, and much more welcoming.
Drive by appeal
We’re talking about the all-important first impressions again. Before even booking a formal viewing, people may choose to have a drive past your property to see what they think, so it’s important that it’s well presented.
Tidy up the garden
It might not seem too appealing to be gardening at this time of year but it’s definitely going to benefit you if you tidy up the outside spaces. Just simple tasks such as mowing the lawn, removing any weeds from pathways and cleaning garden furniture will make a big difference.
Making sure that there are no bad odours from cooking or pets is essential. Hopefully your deep clean will have helped to tackle this one but before a viewing, pop some flowers or a nice room diffuser somewhere to eliminate any stubborn smells – don’t over-do it though!