With the stamp duty holiday in effect, many homeowners are now considering their plans for moving into a new property.
If you’re one of these homeowners and you’re wondering how you can quickly sell your home whilst also getting the best possible price for your property, we have a few tips that can help you.
A couple of important points to note:
- Most prospective buyers will be searching for properties online and this means that high-quality photos are key. Your house needs to be in good shape for the listing and it’s vital that you get the right first impression.
- When viewings are conducted, you need to give your home that buyer appeal.
Here are a few tips to help you get your property looking at its best before selling:
Cleaning & Decluttering
One of the easiest ways to make your home more appealing is simply just by giving it a good clean and declutter. When a potential buyer comes for a viewing, you want them to visualise themself living in this space, and to do that, you need to make the house appealing.
If you have old and worn-out furniture, then perhaps it’s time to upcycle your furniture. It could add more character to the room and you’ll have repurposed furniture with fresh life.
Fixing The Minor Issues
Another great way of preparing your house for sale is by taking care of the little problems that you have been putting off. This gives your potential buyers less reason to mark your house down due to an issue that could’ve been easily fixed. It’s the minor details that make a big difference, and that’s very true when it comes to selling a property.
Here are some of the smaller details that you should consider:
- Removing limescale from and around the taps.
- Refilling cracks or holes in the walls from picture frame hooks.
- Retouching the mastic in bathrooms.
- Repainting grout on tiling.
Gardens Are Just As Important
Since the lockdown measures, outdoor spaces have become even more important, such as the front and back garden. Some homes may not have a front or back garden, so if your property has either or both, it’s important that you take care of it. It could really make your property stand out from the rest in a competitive market.
Here are a few maintenance tips for your garden:
- Keep the grass maintained and mowed.
- Repaint old fence panels.
- Prune overgrown hedges.
- Clear weeds from your pathways and patios.
- Repair broken gates.
Good Lighting Is Key
Lighting makes a significant difference to the rooms in your house. If your rooms are dark, then it can make the space look smaller than it actually is. To ensure that your rooms are presented clearly, you should open the curtains, raise the blinds, and switching on the lights to maximise the lighting. This can also make your rooms appear more spacious.
Maintaining the Bathroom & Kitchen
The bathroom and kitchen are two of the most expensive rooms to upgrade in a property, so you’ll want to make the effort to clean and declutter these rooms. It just gives the potential buyer more reason to be positive about your home.
Here are a few tips for these rooms:
- Always keep the toilet seat down.
- Store away toiletries wherever you can.
- Remove mould and limescale from all areas, such as the bath and shower.
- Clean the shower doors.
- Store away utensils and food in cupboards.
- Declutter and clean your worktops.
- Clear away any washing up.
- Clean the windows.
Don’t forget to showcase your property on property search websites as they are a window into your home. The more you can do to make your home appealing, the more views and interest you’ll get on your property.
About Stuart Mosley
Stuart Mosley (CeFA, CeMap, CLTM) founded SJ Financial Solutions in June 2005 having spent 12 years with big corporates such as Halifax and Santander. He felt the personal touch and straight speaking was missing from financial and mortgage advice services and set up SJ Financial Solutions to change this.
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