You’ve come to the decision that it’s time to sell your property and either downsize or upsize, depending on where you are in your life and what your aims are. That’s a good first step, but it’s not always as simple as phoning an estate agent, having a valuation, and waiting for prospective buyers to walk through the door.
The truth is that there is a lot of competition, and a buyer viewing your property is going to be seeing a lot of other properties in the same price range, and sometimes in the same area. So you need to ensure that your property stands out if you want to be the one that the buyer picks. This means making the house completely ready for them to move into – it means not leaving them with anything to do other than move in and settle down. Here are some things to consider when you’re about to put your house on the market; remember, first impressions count, so it’s wise to get this right.
Even if you haven’t lived in your home for very long, there will be personal items all over the place. Some of it is used every day, other items are there for display only, and some of it is actually rubbish only you haven’t got round to clearing it yet. Over time we can become immune to the clutter that we accumulate around us, and we might think there is nothing to do in the property. However, a potential buyer could easily be put off by the amount of ‘stuff’ in your house.
Take an objective view of the situation, and if there does seem to be lots of items around, then make sure you declutter before any viewers come round, and ideally before the estate agent’s photographer comes to take pictures. Decluttering is going to help you when you move because you need to pack anyway, plus it will help viewers imagine their own items in your space.
Don’t forget that you have a garden too, and so even if the house is looking perfect if the garden is untidy or even completely overgrown it can make all the difference, and not in a good way. Not everyone is keen to get to work on a garden as soon as they move into a property, and if you can make it look tidy, that is one job they won’t have to do themselves. It can be as easy as pulling up weeds, mowing the lawn, and cleaning the patio.
Sometimes there are much bigger issues in a garden, and Japanese Knotweed is one of these. You may not even be able to sell the property when this plant is found, so you will need a professional for Japanese Knotweed removal.
Do The Little Jobs
Most people have a to-do list of little jobs that need completing around the house, including fixing dripping taps, filling holes in the wall, nailing down loose carpet, and so on. These are jobs that don’t cost a lot of money and won’t take a lot of time, but it can be a big help when it comes to getting your home ready to sell.
These little things might not be bothering you, but it is likely that a prospective buyer will spot them. The worry for them then is, what else needs doing around the house? What bigger problems will they need to deal with? Take that worry away from them by completing these little jobs in advance.