When selling your home there are so many factors to consider and the process of selling can be extremely overwhelming. This post aims to give some direction and hints to those looking to sell but not knowing where to start.
When selling you are often looking for the largest sum of money possible. With this frame of mind, vendors can sometimes forget that often you need to dish it out before you can see any in return. Time and time again those who bite the bullet and invest prior to selling more often than not reap the benefits.
It’s a tricky one but having an honest real estate agent will in turn ensure professional and strategic marketing. Reach out to friends and family that have sold and speak to them about their experiences. You will work closely with your agent for a minimum of 8 weeks so its important to feel comfortable and open with this individual.
When it comes to the look of the house, a coat of white paint inside, touch ups on the exterior, a tidy up of the garden, cleaning all cob webs and windows (inside and out) can make a massive difference. They seem small and irrelevant but a house that presents clean, in great condition and minimal work required can be what gets the buyer over the line. People want easy, convenient and ready to go. A step up from that is changing dated light fittings and door handles, again small but big impact. Places such as Beacon and Freedom have amazing ones that can be show stoppers with budget price tags.
Remove all personal belongings, it is important that prospective buyers can envision their lives there. So photo frames, toys, clothes, towels, etc should be put away for inspections and the photography. If you think your furniture is dated, worn out and/or doesn’t work well within the spaces you have, property stylist can change that instantly. You have to have seen before and after shots to appreciate the difference investing in a stylist can make. They will also in turn tend to look after the whole declutter process. Lastly, greenery, florals and candles (for inspections) are a must, they add life and colour.
All of the above are small but significant factors in preparing a house to go on the market. It can seem time consuming and costly but if you are deciding to sell, commit to the effort it will take and the rewards will follow. Good luck.