With the housing market in the doldrums and the economy still teetering on a precipice there has probably never been a harder time to sell a house for a healthy profit. That’s why if you are in the process of selling your own home you need to put in even more work than you would normally have had to. It’s a tough market out there and you need to make sure your property stands out. Preparing it for sale will mean being prepared and making sure certain fundamentals are attended to.
These fundamentals include making sure the house is super-clean and that the main features are highlighted. Everything you do when preparing the house for sale should be geared towards wowing potential buyers and making sure there isn’t anything in the property, or about the property that will give those buyers a negative impression. To do this, focus on the following steps:
(1) Get Rid of That Clutter – Selling your house means de-cluttering. This is both good for your soul and good for your sale prospects. You may feel that having all of your old star wars toys lying around the house gives it some character or that your massive piles of magazines make the house look arty. Maybe, but they wont help you sell it. Remove everything that you possibly can from the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room and bedrooms. Make the house as sleek, minimalist and un-cluttered as possible. Buyers want to project their future life onto a house, not your past life.
(2) Utilize Space Craftily – Get rid of any large items in your house that fill up a room. Take hat and coat stands from the hallway, extra dressers and chest of drawers from bedrooms. If necessary, put them all into storage. It might be disruptive for a little while but if it makes your house look bigger and helps it to sell then it is worth it.
(3) Get Some Professional Help With the Cleaning – We can all clean our own houses but when it comes to getting a property really sparkling – so that you can sell it- it pays to get in a professional cleaner. Not only will they do a better job than you in all of the normal areas, they will also get to the places you wont even think of. These might be stains in the corner of the carpet, grout around the bath and shower or removing dirt and grime from inside your oven.
(4) Repair Anything That Needs Repairing – This isn’t about the major things (although clearly you will need to make sure there are no major things that need repairing) but about all the little issues scattered around your house that you might not have taken care of over the last few years. This could be anything from oiling doors or windows that creak, filling in cracks and then painting over them, to really basic things like making sure all the light bulbs have been changed and that there are no loose door handles etc
(5) Accentuate the Positives – If your property has a single defining feature (or a couple of them if you are really lucky) then make sure you highlight that feature. It could be an incredible view, really high ceilings, large bay windows or an old antique fireplace. Whatever it is, make a big deal about it both in the property description and during any viewings of the property.
(6) Remember That First Impressions Last – Just like job interviews or first dates, house viewings are defined by that first impression. With this in mind, make sure that the entranceway, hallway or garden leading up to your property are all well maintained and look good. Don’t leave any rubbish out, make sure there are no nasty smells, prune the bushes, tidy the plants and clean the front door. Some people like to brew coffee before their guests arrive to give the house a nice smell as they come in the door.
(7) Get Advice from Other People – Inevitably you are going to be a bit biased about your own home and consequently it is always worth getting a second opinion. You may well have learned to love some of the quirks and flaws of your house or alternatively may have laid it out in a way that suits you but doesn’t make the most of the features. A second opinion, preferably from someone in the business like a real estate agent, will be invaluable in making a sale.
Esther is a consumer finance writer and journalist. She blogs regularly about consumer finance issues from business loans to credit cards and from debt consolidation to real estate. She also blogs about short term loans. Visit paydayloansuk.org.uk for more details.