If you’re looking to sell up and start a new life elsewhere, you might be wondering what to do first. The whole process can seem extremely overwhelming, particularly if you’re a big family or have not relocated for many years, so here are a few dos and don’ts do help things run smoothly.
Have a good de-clutter
When preparing to sell your home, one of the first things you should do is get rid of anything you no longer want or need. A good de-clutter will not only make moving day easier (after all you’ll have less to transport from A to B), but it’ll also help you to set up a new home afresh without any extra baggage tagging along. And don’t worry if you find it hard to let go of things as companies like AlligatorStorage allow you to stash things away in one of their safe, secure units until you decide whether certain belongings should move with you or not.
Scrub from top to bottom
First impressions count, so if you want to impress prospective buyers, always make sure you home is spic and span. Dirty carpets, greasy sofas, stained curtains, messy tables and other grime just will not do, so give your home a thorough spring clean. Of course, you’ll still have to live there until a sale is made (and it’s not always easy to maintain cleanliness), but if you know someone is coming, do your best to ensure things are looking their best.
Make adequate repairs
A home is usually easier to sell if it’s in a good state of repair as people want to imagine themselves living there. So, if light bulbs need replacing or a leaky tap needs fixing, make these small repairs before putting your house on the market. It might also be worth going over paintwork that doesn’t look up to scratch or replacing/repairing soft furnishings like cushions and rugs if they’ve seen better days – but don’t spend too much money on the revamping process as you’ll soon be moving out.
Make custom touches
Why make custom touches at the last minute if you’re trying to sell up? You might think a chandelier light is a good idea, for instance, but the new owners could hate it and replace it as soon as you leave. Everyone has different likes and dislikes, so stick to the basics and avoid doing anything too swanky that’ll leave a hole in your bank balance.
Test your house on the market
If you’re desperate to move on, it might be tempting to simply put your house on the market no matter what its condition. This could be a huge mistake, however, as properties that don’t sell during the first month or so usually decrease in value – so don’t give your home a bad reputation. Instead, put yourself in a buyer’s shoes and think about what you’d look for when purchasing a new property.
Choose any old estate agent
Choosing the right estate agent is of paramount importance when selling your house as they are the ones who will find a respectable buyer and ensure you get the most for your investment – so don’t rush into a decision. The agent you opt for should have experience dealing with properties like yours and should preferably know the local area inside out to help give buyers a clear idea of where they’ll be moving to.
Preparing your home to sell is not always easy but knowing the dos and don’ts will certainly help you from making common mistakes.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.