When the time comes to sell your house, it is essential that you prepare it for prospective buyers. The majority of people looking to buy are going to be much more interested in homes that are clean, tidy, and well looked after.
First impressions are key, so it is important to make you home as photogenic and possible. If a home-seeker browsing online likes what they see, chances are they will request a viewing of the real deal.
At a viewing, it’s much easier for buyers to notice flaws like the overgrown patch in the garden, or the mould in the bathroom. With this in mind, we’ve put together a checklist of things to consider before putting your house up for sale, which should help make the whole process that little bit smoother.
Spruce Up The Garden
For most homes, the front garden will be the first thing a prospective buyer lays their eyes on. Make sure the grass is neat, and the bushes, weeds, and trees are trimmed. An unkempt garden will only set the tone for what is to come.
If you really want to make a great first impression, consider some cosmetic enhancements to your gardens, front and back. Plant a few flowers (or even veggies!), paint the fence and the gate - make your garden shine!
There’s nothing wrong with a home having that “lived-in” feel to it, but an overly cluttered house can have a negative impact on the viewing. Not only does clutter make a house feel messier, it can also make it feel smaller! Furthermore, if your belongings are all over the place, it can make it harder for a buyer to envision themselves living there.
If you’re moving house, now might be the time to make that difficult step and throw out some bits you don’t need. We appreciate that might be a difficult task, so if it is, make sure you put your clutter somewhere it won’t be seen.
A suitable option might be to make use of a self-storage facility during the process of selling your house. It’s a great place for clutter, as well as older pieces of furniture you don’t want to throw out but don’t want prospective buyers to see. Self-storage facilities come in handy when moving house, too!
Let Your Home Breathe
Before somebody comes to view your home, make sure you’ve opened the windows at least an hour or so before they are due to arrive. Aesthetics are one thing, but somebody needs to feel physically comfortable in your home if they are to consider living there. Dense, muggy air could put them off.
You can also breathe some life into your home by making sure there is plenty of light coming in. Inadequate lighting can make a space feel smaller, and ultimately, less pleasant. Ensure those blinds are open, and consider using some of these creative tactics to get even more light into your rooms.
A Little DIY
Most homes have one or two things that could do with a little touch up (at least!). Over time, it’s easy for these non-urgent issues to rack up, but this might be the time to get on top of them, especially if you yourself or somebody else in the household can do it themselves.
As touched on earlier in the article, tidying up the garden could be an example of this. Similarly, giving the walls a fresh lick of paint, re-grouting the bathroom, or fixing those wonky cupboards all goes a long way to improve the appearance of your home.
Ready To Sell?
If you’re ready to put your house on the market, get in touch with Jackson Grundy today. With over ten branches situated all across Northampton, we have the knowledge and experience in both property and the area to ensure your house is put in front of the right people.
Head over to our contact page, where you will be able to get in touch with the most suitable branch for you.