Selling your home can be time-consuming and stressful, especially if you’ve never done it before. As a first time home seller, you’re likely to make a few mistakes. Doing research and with a little know-how, many of these pitfalls can be avoided.
It’s always helpful to hire a real estate agent but they’ll only assist with the selling part and not the preparation of your home. However, a good agent will help you set a fair and competitive selling price. Selling homes are their expertise so you don’t have to stress about that part of the process. If you’re not planning to clean and stage your home before selling, you’ll be throwing a lot of money down the drain. There are many things you can do on your own so you don’t have to hire a professional. Failing to do these things won’t just reduce your sale price but may also prevent you from getting a sale at all.
You have to prepare your house in advance and not when the selling advert is out already. If someone wants to view the house, you need to accommodate this person, even it’s inconvenient for you. You cannot say you’re still busy renovating your home. A buyer doesn’t care whether you’re still busy fixing up, they’re only interested in one thing: buying the house.
Here are a few ways to get your home ready to sell.
It’s better to have a big clear-out now than on the day you’re moving out. Throw or give all unnecessary things away. If potential buyers come to view the house, they don’t want to see photos and ornaments on your shelves. Pack them away or hide them in cupboards. Try to pack everything away, even your daily bathroom products. You want to turn your house into a showroom and make the buyer fall in love with it. The less stuff you have to keep your house clean for showings, the better.
Touch up with paint
Do you want to have a beautiful house before selling? Then there’s nothing better than giving it some paint. If you want to increase the value of your home, then one of the first things you should consider is painting. The paint on the outside of your house will be the first thing prospective buyers see. If the outside is looking good then you can move to the rooms inside. Make sure you paint the walls of the kitchen and living room a neutral colour. You don’t want to chase buyers away with bright colours.
Furniture brings life into a home. Although it might not come with the house, prospective buyers will look at it too. If you have built-in cupboards make sure they are in good condition, if not, replace them as it can increase the value of your home. Make sure other furniture, like your TV cabinet, couches and kitchen cupboards, fit in with the theme of the room. The same rule counts for bathroom and bedroom furniture. Buyers will immediately notice if things aren’t matching with a specific theme or if these look out of place.
Bring light into your home
After location, good light is the first thing every buyer wants in their home. Take down any drapes or curtains that block out natural light. Dirty windows can block a great deal of the daylight, so make sure to clean your windows. Perhaps you can add a mirror in your living room, preferably opposite your window, it’ll reflect any incoming light and double the amount of natural light in the room. Mirrors can also make the room appear bigger. Consider painting rooms a lighter colour because the darker the colour of the room the darker the room will appear.
The kitchen comes first
Believe it or not but this will probably be the most important room in the house. This is the room that will sell your home. So giving it an update isn’t optional. You’re basically selling the kitchen and not your house, that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless. Use a neutral colour when painting the kitchen and perhaps go for the same colour for the cabinets. Perhaps everything white? That’ll give the kitchen a modern and up to date effect. One stainless steel appliance is enough. Buyers would prefer to see a kitchen where all the appliances match.
It might sound like a lot of work but keep your eye on the prize. Selling your house can be a stressful experience but you can have fun with it. Always be ready to show your house. You never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. And remember, the first impression is the only impression you have.