Prepare To Sell

When selling your house, presenting it in the best possible light will improve your chances of securing a higher sale price.

You may need to step back and take a long, hard look at how your home might look to other people.

This can be difficult. You may like that patterned wallpaper, have fond memories of marking the changing heights of the children on the architrave, and smile when you look at the the corner of the carpet chewed by the dog. These are things you can live with, but a prospective buyer sees neglect and something that will cost them time and money.

It’s best to remove the negatives from your house that can be an instant turn-off, and instead create a welcoming ambience which calls out to prospective buyers that the house is fresh, clean, and ready to move into.

There are three key areas to focus on when preparing your home for sale to help you get the best price:

Make simple repairs – One of the biggest turn-offs for buyers is wear and tear such as chipped tiles, cracked windows, scuffed paintwork, stained carpets, and other obvious signs of damage. These unsightly areas instantly alert buyers there is work required, which can diminish their initial enthusiasm for your property and lower the price they are prepared to pay.

Clean and declutter – Study other houses currently on the market and you will see they have been decluttered, cleaned thoroughly, and may even have been styled to look modern and pristine.

Removing lots of clutter makes the prospective buyer able to see the room properly while more importantly, making the room appear larger.

Cleaning the house, even hidden areas such as under the sink, makes the house look well-cared for. This gives the buyer a subliminal impression that the house has been well-maintained and there should be no hidden problems.