You’ve decided to sell your house. You know it will suit some people, but not everyone. It is simply a matter of time before the right person comes along. But do you need to prepare your house for viewings? Is there anything you can do to help persuade a potential purchaser to put in an offer?
The answer is “yes”. There are several simple and inexpensive things you can do yourself to make your house more attractive to a potential buyer and make any viewings more successful.
- Clear out junk. Rooms can look amazingly larger with less clutter.
- Tidy up. Make the house look organised.
- Get cleaning! Pay particular attention to kitchen and bathroom fittings, and tiles. No-one wants to move into a dirty house. You have to make it look as though someone can move in an unpack straight away, rather than having to spend ages cleaning through years of someone else’s grime.
- Make surfaces sparkle. And don’t forget the windows.
- If you have pets, make sure there are no odours.
- Don’t mask odours with air fresheners, fresh air is better.
- Add plants/flowers, in fact anything to make the place more homely, but don’t overdo it.
- Get on top of the gardening.
- Clean paths, patios, etc. Moss and mould can be off putting. Weeds growing through cracks make the place look as though it has been neglected.
- Open blinds and pull curtains back to let in as much natural light as possible.
If you plan to do any decorating before putting your house on the market, choose neutral shades which can add light to each room. Avoid bold colours. You might like to have one wall purple or turquoise, but this can be off putting to many people. Most people can live with neutral shades until they get around to decorating to their own taste. Use the same colour for a number of rooms to create a feeling of continuity and to make your home feel larger.
Above all, keep the place clean and tidy at all times, both inside and out. You never know when someone might want to come and view your home.
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