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How to get your house ready for sale

You’ve made the decision to sell your house, the place that’s been home for what may have been a long time, so it’s time to get your ducks in a row, both of the rubber (if you have them) and figurative varieties.

Even before your home goes on the market and you welcome your first potential buyers, it’s important to get the house ready for the valuation. You might just be able to add a little bit more value, with the added bonus of helping you sell it faster…win win!

ONE EASY WIN IS TO TAKE YOUR NET CURTAINS DOWN TO MAXIMISE NATURAL LIGHT, LIGHT IS SO IMPORTANT

Of course, the big ticket jobs can add real value when you’re trying to sell your house, especially if you’re increasing floor space or adding another room, but a lot can be done on a much smaller budget.

Declutter and celebrate natural light!

Two failsafe tips for smart sellers getting their house ready for valuation. Natural light is so important, “if you’ve got net curtains, take them down” one Bristol estate agent told us. And when it comes to clutter, try and find a temporary home for things like shoes or kids toys, even if it’s in the back of the car, or with a forgiving neighbour.

Here are a few more areas where you might reap the rewards from a little bit of effort:

Give your home a service

There can be many hidden costs to moving home, but saving some money back to tend to superficial damage is a wise move, how about:

  • A spot of decorating; do away with peeling paint, chips to walls or dirty patches but don’t be tempted to cover up or hide more severe problems, a survey will only pick them up further down the line.
  • Replacing well-worn flooring with attractive tile-effect vinyl.
  • Replacing those broken lightbulbs, especially if you get any evening viewings.

First impressions

As we know, they’re everything, so tidy up the front of the house, re-lay any broken tiles or slabs and giving a fresh coat of paint to your front door or wooden windows is a great place to start.

Love your kitchen

You don’t need to invest in a brand new kitchen, see if you can paint cupboard doors and replace the handles, or if it’s looking really shabby then you can pick up some bargain ex-display units.

Get green-fingered

Gardens should be pleasant places to be, but they’re often forgotten about. You don’t need to be Alan Titchmarsh to get your green space in order, get the gardening gloves on, trim back unwieldy bushes and plant some colour. Remember that if you have a garden it’s likely that it’ll be a big draw for potential buyers, so give them something to be impressed by.

DID YOU KNOW?

YOU CAN RAISE BOUNDARY FENCES AND WALLS UP TO 2M WITHOUT NEEDING PLANNING PERMISSION

Summary

Put simply, getting sale-ready all comes down to showing that your home is well looked after, free from clutter but still feeling like a home.

Resist the temptation to add too many personal touches and always consider your location and your audience. What sort of buyer could be interested in your home? For instance, would they benefit from a study or a playroom? And finally, be wary of doing anything which may devalue your property, for instance, removing period features that buyers may be looking for.

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