The art of the sale. Prepare for the best.
So the decision has been made. You’re selling.
In some ways, that’s the hard part out of the way.
Now we move into the next stage – preparing for the sale.
Sure, you’ve loved the place. You spent a part of your life there.
And slowly but surely you got used to some things that perhaps weren’t ideal.
But hey, it was your place, so who cared?
When it comes to selling your little part of the world however, people will care. Possibly a lot.
So we need to give you the best chance to attract and secure a buyer.
It’s time to get your house in order.
But don’t worry, we have a simple plan.
Our checklist for home sale preparation
- Clear clutter, room-by-room. Take out personal photos – you want buyers to imagine themselves living in the home.
- Get a professional clean – windows are a must. Pay extra attention to kitchen and bathrooms – they must be spotless.
- Tidy up the garden – make it look neat and easy to maintain. Mulch beds if possible.
- Check the outside of the house for neglect – cob webs, old toys, tools and any unnecessary items left lying around will need to be removed.
- Get rid of any signs of neglect or poor maintenance in the house itself. Touch up paintwork, replace dead light bulbs, fix squeaky doors, broken blinds, handles and dripping taps, etc.
- Unless it’s a child’s bedroom, or bedrooms are too small, put in a double or queen bed or a buyer will assume a large one won’t fit.
- Use the best quality bed linen you can afford on beds and iron out creases.
- Beg or borrow items of furniture to replace any old saggy or stained sofas etc.
- Store anything you can possibly do without. This makes rooms look bigger!
- Leave pet/s with friends or take with you during home opens and clear away any pet clutter.
- If possible, make liberal use of fresh flowers that have a welcoming scent.
- You may consider staging the home professionally, especially for a photo shoot. It does make a difference when buyers view a home.