Selling a home is a major undertaking, the largest transaction that many of us will undertake. Selling ones home, severing ties with people and places that are significant can be stressful, however, needs must.
The key to making house selling bearable is doing one’s homework. Planning is essential if all is to proceed successfully.
So, what can be done to make house selling easier, and to maximise your return, what you sell a property for will determine what you have to work with when buying a new home, or to invest? Presentation important.
Declutter. Much as we all love our Knick knacks other people will not appreciate them. Everything that is not essential to daily life can be packed away. This goes for kitchens and bathrooms, garages and gardens, don’t be tempted to stack the garage with all the discarded items. Secure storage is often available locally, it is inexpensive and secure.
Clear floor space so that rooms look larger. Think less is more! It is important to allow viewers to imagine their furniture etc in the living space. Likewise, in the kitchen and bathroom make space. In the kitchen remove anything that is not in use, electrical items that are not needed, be firm if it isn’t needed to hide it in a cupboard. Clear work surfaces look great in the photographs.
Remember, kitchens and bathrooms do sell houses, but they can un-sell them too!
Super clean, a home that is truly clean will attract a positive response. It is harder with small children and pets but make the effort because it can make all the difference. Consider bringing in local contract cleaners to “bottom” the house for you.
Gardens can make or break a house sale. Tidy, well-maintained gardens will attract people whereas a wilderness could drive them the way. Consider putting unneeded gardening and furniture items in storage once the summer is over.
Decorating a property makes good sense, inside and out. Try the “kerb side test”, when you look at your home from the kerb side do they see fresh clean paintwork? Let’s not give the potential buyer a reason to say No thanks!
Pets. Especially dogs, large and small. Some people do not like dogs and may be frightened of them, or have allergies caused pets. Consider asking your local dog walking service to take them out of the house for you.
Presentation of one’s home for sale is made easier if the property is regularly spruced up and in good order.Ask for professional advice. Alex Neil Estate agents want to sell your home, and they do know what will help the process and what will not, as you will be paying them to sell your home ask for their honest appraisal and they will take over the process, helping your move be as smooth as possible.