Every seller has the same thoughts – how can I get the best possible price? Successful vendors start by finding a great agent. Then they think about how to style or stage the property. The amount of effort put into staging will reflect in the selling price. At 2233 Realty, we’ve put together our top 7 tips for preparing your home for sale.
1) Start with a great first impression
What’s the first thing a potential buyer will see when they come to your home? Is it your driveway and garden? If so, ensure that the garden beds are weeded, the hedges are trimmed, and the driveway is cleared of dirt and clutter. These small changes will deliver a great first impression.
2) Remove personal items
You want potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the property. Remove any photographs, children’s drawings and personal trinkets that will remind them that another family lives here. This also helps in making the spaces clean and clutter free.
3) Clean out the cupboards
Don’t assume that a potential buyer won’t check inside your wardrobes and cupboards! Storage is a selling point and if a buyer is interested in the property, they will check every nook and cranny. Empty your cupboards and wipe them down. Only replace items that are necessary and keep them tidy to allow for the impression of space.
4) Take care of repairs
Now is the time to finish those repairs that you’ve putting off for another day. Patch up cracks in the paint, replace chipped floorboards and tiles, repair broken handles and fixtures, and attend to any other issues. This will stop potential buyers from creating a mental list of what’s wrong, rather than what’s right, with the property.
5) Remove excess furniture
Removing furniture and clutter allows more light in and makes a space appear much larger than it is. Think about how you would like a room to function and remove any furniture and items that are unnecessary. This gives every space a purpose and cuts down on thinking time for the buyer.
6) Beautify the bathroom and kitchen
Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so pay extra attention to these spaces. Clear away everything from the kitchen bench and declutter by removing extra racks and shelves. Create a pleasant fragrance by baking or lighting a candle just before inspection time.
Purchase some new towels, soaps or perhaps a leafy plant for display in the bathroom. Consider some new cupboard handles or a splash of paint to freshen up the space. Small changes can make a world of difference.
7) Clean until it’s spotless!
Roll up your sleeves and get scrubbing. The property should be cleaned immaculately before inspections. Scrub bathrooms wipe down walls, and clear away cobwebs. If you don’t have time to do this yourself, consider hiring a professional cleaner to come in and make sure that everything is spotless.
For more information on selling your home, contact 2233 Realty today.