Deciding to sell your home is an exciting milestone, but the process of actually selling can be a bit daunting. Typically, you’re selling to move onto the next chapter of your life, such upgrading, downgrading in size, or moving somewhere new. The eagerness to progress to your next life stage can make the stakes of selling a little high, and there are many factors that go into a successful and timely sale. However, something that we know to work well in house sale campaigns, is a beautifully presented and prepared home. With that, we have accumulated the best tips from our years of experience to help you best prepare your home for sale.
A clean, uncluttered home will be more appealing to potential home buyers attending open homes and private inspections. Anything that you no longer need or want can be donated, sold or thrown away. Everything you are taking with you when you leave, but not necessarily using day-to-day, can be boxed up and placed in storage.
By having an uncluttered home, buyers will be able to get a better idea of the size of the rooms and be able to mentally position themselves in the house. They will be able to picture their belongings in the home and how their family will fit into it, opening up more opportunity for a sale.
Don’t forget to declutter and clean the yards, sheds and garages as well.
Clean the windows
You would be surprised at how much difference clean windows can make to a house. For buyers to come in and see the blinds or curtains open and to be able to see clearly out the windows is a big positive. This gives a clear picture of the home and its surroundings, as well as being one less thing they have to worry about when they move in, should they purchase.
Focus on the floors
If your home is carpeted, consider a professional clean before you put your home on the market. A professional steam clean can bring your carpets up like new and avoid them being a factor in the decision process. The floors are one of the first things people look at when they walk into a home, so clean, stain-free floors are a great place to start to impress your potential buyers.
Floor boards or tiles should also be kept clean and mark free during the open house period.
Freshen up the walls
If you have lived in the home for a number of years, or previously had bold colours on the walls, consider giving them a fresh coat of paint or touch up where needed. This will help to make the home feel new and fresh. Potential buyers want to be able to move into a home with minimal work needing to be done. If they see the walls are in good, clean condition they will be more likely to want to proceed.
Rearrange and organise the home
We all have our own style and preferences for how we like our homes. However, what appeals to us may not appeal to others. Look at the rooms and the furniture that is in them; are they arranged in a way that best showcases the room? Or does it make it look too busy or cramped? By rearranging the room, you can help show the size of them and the potential that they have.
Have you ever walked into a display home and just thought ‘This is the home for me’? This is likely due to their clever styling and ability to make an emotional impression on buyers. By hiring a professional stylist or taking recommendations from your real estate agent, you can style the home in a way that will appeal to buyers and get them wanting to know more about the home. Styling your home doesn’t mean that you can’t live in it or that you need to keep it perfect. It means that you are showing the buyers what they are missing out on.
Getting your home ready for sale is important. You want to be able to achieve the best possible results for the sale. Speak with your real estate, get recommendations, and make the changes to help improve the home.
Selling your home is an adventure, enjoy every moment of it.