These things to do before selling your house will hopefully speed up the process of selling but more importantly it will help you get the price you want for the house.
It can be extremely stressful showing your house to others especially when people don’t want to buy it but these 10 ways to improve your house for reselling will help get you a buyer quickly:
Cleaning your home is such an obvious one, we were tempted to not even include it but when we did our research and when we were buying our first home it was so obvious that not everyone does this, some houses were dirty and it wasn’t just a few crumbs it was sticky kitchen tops, mould in the showers and so much more. Give each room a full clean and ensure you’re using the best methods of cleaning to avoid overspending:
Remember there are loads of things you should be doing on the day of your viewings see No10 in the list for details.
Lots of estate agents suggest you don’t start repainting before trying to sell especially if you’re planning on selling in the next couple of weeks but of course if there are issues with the paintwork then it probably is overdue a touch-up.
75% of experts suggest repairing paint chips/wallpaper will make a difference when selling your home 1
Fence panels, garden furniture (even if you’re taking it), window frames, front door all will look more attractive after a fresh coat of paint.
Imagine you’ve got a 3 bedroom house and a room that might be classed as a study, den, playroom etc. By adding a built-in wardrobe you’ve suddenly turned your house into a 4 bedroom house, those that only need 3 bedrooms will soon realise they can swap it back to a 3-bed house if required. It might add an easy £3-£10K to your house price, consider adding a spare bed from a friends house whilst you attempt to sell the house so you can pretend it’s used.
You may consider doing a print out for potential buyers of common questions or offer to write them down when asked but you should be ready to answer all of these questions:
Loose/bare cables, water leaks etc all start alarm bells ringing in prospective buyers heads, get these fixed and sorted ASAP, ensure you also clean up any long term marks these issues may have caused.
Having paperwork proving the safety of the wiring is also a great bit of evidence that you looked after the house well.
Check & repair things like squeaky doors, damaged fences/gates and locks.
A full professional carpet clean of your whole house is probably well worth it regardless of whether it looks dirty or not. Consider covering any major carpet damage with good value rugs. It’s recommended that you don’t install new carpet in a home before moving as some buyers may want to rip up a corner to take a look underneath anyway and/or replace it regardless.
Failing that you may consider buying a DIY Carpet Cleaner instead as it will be cheaper long term.
Consider adding an eye-catching chandelier or another pretty light in rooms that are lacking interest, they don’t have to be expensive to look good but can draw the eye between rooms which is important
During viewings, you will want as much light in the house as possible so ensure you have all the lights on in the house and all the blinds & curtains wide open.
Your potential buyers don’t want to see your personal belongings and more importantly, these small items can make your house feel smaller or more cluttered. Buy some decent storage boxes and hide them away when you have a viewing or until you’ve moved home.
Things like toothbrushes, kids potties etc all need to be hidden away, try and aim to make it appear as if your home/bedroom/bathroom is a hotel suite they’re visiting for the first time, fresh linen towels folded ready, generic shower gels on display etc.
You may love the pictures of your family & pets all over the home but this distracts buyers and doesn’t let them feel like it could be their home, consider swapping these pictures to generic artwork or simply removing them completely.
Saying all of the above you don’t want to remove all the personality from the house, a house devoid of any personal photos may have a negative effect on some buyers, consider having one or two photos of your family together this will show you’re caring and human.
Kids toys (especially large outdoor ones) may really put some buyers off, buy some large storage boxes and store the majority of the toys at friends/families houses for a few weeks.
If your dining room has a focal point like a fire or nice decorative brick wall then ignore this but if your dining room is lacking an interesting focal point consider getting the posh plates out and setting the dining room table for dinner, it sounds stupid but it can be extremely effective. Of course, this might not suit everyone so don’t feel pressured into doing it but if you do it and get questioned on it just say you’re having a dinner party this evening.
If it’s winter time and you have a fireplace light it!
If you have tons of clothes in your wardrobe (who doesn’t?) grab some decent vacuum bags and store them in the loft at family/friends houses as you need to show off the space you have and not fill it with things. The same is true for garages, basements and lofts.
Proving you have taken good care of your house is important as it builds trust, trust that may give you the advantage in a price negotiation! Consider creating a folder full of important information such as major repairs remember to include who did the work, dates, receipts, their contact details, warranty/guarantees, before and after photos etc. A list of paint colours is extremely useful to buyers along with labelled paint cans in the garage etc, a copy of the home buyers survey from when you purchased the house might help as well (depending on age of it / relevance).
Hopefully, this will allow prospective buyers to tick off any major financial worries if the big stuff has been done recently (roof, boiler, kitchen etc), when you leave the house just leave this binder there for them to continue to use.
For extra points take photos of the house throughout the seasons, if there are certain shrubs/trees/flowers that look amazing in Spring but you’re selling the house in September it may help you to sell the house on its future perks.
Include photos of local parks, pubs, attractions, walks etc for those buyers new to the area. This is all about building trust with the buyers and being as helpful as possible.
Remember you’re inviting strangers into your home, remember to lock away valuables such as tablets, jewellery, perfumes, medication, financial paperwork etc as these could go missing. Also, remember to password protect your computers and other devices just in case.