If you’re on the housing ladder and planning to climb, you’ll have to ready your home for sale at some point. You’re going to want to ensure a quick sale and you’ll need to get as much money as possible from the buyer, so follow these tips to prepare your home for a quick and fruitful sale.
Buyers are looking for homes that don’t need a lot of work doing. A coat of paint over the top of tired-looking walls and trims can do wonders, and if you need to skim a few walls you’ll help to raise the value in an instant. Additionally, keeping the house clean is paramount; people don’t imagine themselves living in a dirty house.
That said, neutral colours are not a requirement. Most people can picture a home painted in different colours, and as long as the colours are low-key and match the interior and the tone of the house you will be fine. Just make sure you haven’t got anything mad going on like bright orange accent walls or lime green checkerboards.
Developing an easily maintained cleaning routine is a good idea, as it allows you to keep on top of the mess and get the house presentable quickly when there’s a viewing. Simply buy some wipes – bleach ones for the bathroom and the kitchen, polish ones for the living and dining room – and keep them in a handy, out-of-the-way place. Smelling nice will also help, and a variety of scented options like 3-volutions or potpourri will make it easy to maintain a lovely scent throughout.
Coffee and freshly-baked bread are known to be lovely scents, but they are over-used and too many buyers will come in, smell them, and know you’re trying too hard. Taking a step outside the box will help your hand stand out from the crowd.
While neutrality is always hailed as the greatest way to sell your house, it’s not always the best idea. Keeping some evidence of the family which lives in the house, such as pictures and some strategically, tidily placed toys will allow you to show your viewers what the house looks like inhabited, and this will let them imagine their own family living there.
Getting your house sold can be a bit of a chore. But following these tips will help you sell it more rapidly and for a higher sum. Best of luck climbing up the housing ladder!