Selling your home is probably one of the most stressful times in anyones life, and knowing how to prepare your house for sale is absolutely essential. While you might hope people will look past any surface imperfections, clutter or unusual personal touches, the reality is that first impressions count. The more appealing you can make your home to buyers right from the start the easier it will be to sell it quickly and for the best price. Here are some hints on how to prepare your house for sale.
Before you sell, start with a big declutter! This is possibly the most important thing you can do when getting your home ready to sell. Be ruthless and aim for a minimalist look. Anything you can’t pack away in hidden spots will need to go into storage. Keep in mind that everything you keep you will have to pack and move! Do you really need that collection of magazines from the 90’s or 6 spare pillows?
Try not to have anything sitting out on benches, shelves or tables. A simple vase of flowers on the dining table and a fresh bowl of apples in the kitchen is enough. Your eight year olds lego collection or your five year olds doll house may be fun for play but they don’t need to be on display. Think about whether you’d see it on display in a house photographed for a home magazine, if not, put it in storage. The less you have sitting around the more your buyers can imagine their own stuff in the house.
2. Remove (some of) your personal touches
You have probably spent years adding personal touches to your home that reflect your own style. Now is the time to tone them down! Aim for neutral, minimal and generally appealing. You may love that fluro coloured bed spread but others may not. Keep in mind that the people buying your home may also not have the same family set up you do so try to make it as appealing to as wide a range of people as possible.
3. Consider repainting
Repainting can totally change the look of a room and can make it appear much lighter, brighter and more spacious. If your home hasn’t been painted for a while or you have some weird and wonderful paint colours throughout consider repainting at least the main living area and entrance.
4. Reign in the yard
If your back and front yards are a bit out of control, spend a few weekends digging out weeds, mowing the grass and planting some fresh bright flowers around the entrance. Even just having your paths swept and lawns mowed changes the look of your home. Make sure you also give the outside windows a clean and get rid of any cobwebs.
5. Clean the windows
Cleaning all your windows is not something most people do on a particularly regular basis but now is the time to get them sparkling! You may need to hire a professional if some are too difficult to reach but it will be worth the investment.
6. Have the carpets cleaned
You don’t realise how grubby your carpets become over time until you have them cleaned. You can find fairly affordable packages to get this done and it is well worth doing before your first open home.
7. Spring clean
The reality is that when your home is for sale you open it up to every sticky beak. People WILL open cupboards and wardrobes. Stuffing everything in the linen cupboard or laundry may work when great aunt Jo comes to visit but it won’t cut it for an open home!
8. Get on board with your neighbours
Ideally you already have a good relationship with your neighbours but even if you barely know them, now is the time to get them on board. Offer to mow their front lawn when you do yours, tell them when your open houses will be and ask that they keep down any noise or make access easy for parking. Having your neighbours on side really will be helpful for you when it comes to selling your home.