Home Finance & The City Making your home ready for sale

Making your home ready for sale

When it comes to making your home ready for sale, there is a lot you can do to boost your home’s appeal to potential buyers. From staging your home to completing small DIY jobs, there are a huge number of methods that experts recommend to homeowners looking to get their home ready to put on the market. However, it can be difficult to work out which methods are most effective and where to start.

Perhaps you have lived in your home for years (maybe even decades!) and you need some tips on how to make your house ready for today’s property market. Maybe you have been told that the market in your area is somewhat sluggish, and you are keen to pull out all the stops to make your property as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Whether you are selling on the traditional property market, at auction, or to a property buyer, remember there is always something you can do to improve your home and make it ready to sell.

In this article we will look at some top tips for anyone looking to get their home ready to sell.

What to do to make your home ready for sale

Choose the right estate agent – When making your home ready for sale it is vitally important that you choose the correct estate agent. It is worth noting that you shouldn’t always go with the estate agent who gives you the highest valuation as you may be disappointed if you list your property with an inflated price tag. Being realistic and pragmatic at the outset of your selling journey is one of the best things you can do in making your property ready for sale.

Cut down on clutter – Excessive clutter can, without doubt, detract from potential buyers’ perception of your home. Clutter and bulky items can be very hard to see past and can actually make rooms appear smaller and darker. Make sure that you move bulky items and clutter such as clothes horses, ironing boards, and washing baskets out of the main living spaces if at all possible (ideally they should be hidden away in a cupboard). For clutter that cannot be hidden, consider temporary storage.

Depersonalise your home – Another often overlooked tip is to remove any items from your home that are highly personal and unique to you and your family. Examples of personal items include large family portraits, sports memorabilia and even wall stickers or decals that are personal to you and your outlook on life. The reason for this is that any potential buyers may not be able to see themselves living in your home if it is too personal to you. Wherever possible, creating a neutral blank canvas is best.

Do small DIY jobs that will improve your home’s overall appeal – From small painting jobs to adding new light fittings there is a lot that you (or a good handyman) can do to quickly make your home appear a little more appealing to potential buyers. A word of caution, however, you must take care not to commit to large projects where you won’t see a return on investment. Even just making sure that all the lights are working in your home can be worthwhile in order to ensure that you can show off your home by maximising light within the space.

Consider staging your home – Staging your home may be particularly useful if your property is currently empty or is lacking in modern appeal. Employing the help of a professional staging company may initially seem somewhat costly, however, consider that staged homes typically sell much quicker than non-staged homes and have the potential to command a higher asking price. For those on a budget, virtual staging can be a great way of sparking interest with potential buyers and generating more viewings.

One final tip for making your home ready for sale

Our final tip for making your home ready for sale is to try and view your home as a potential buyer would. While this sounds simple, it may be more difficult that you realise. It can be very helpful to have a “dress rehearsal” where you pull up to your house and look at every aspect of your home as if you were a potential buyer. Is there litter on the street outside? Are there marks on the walls that a coat of paint would easily fix? This is your opportunity to remedy any small defects that will detract from people’s perception of your home.

Although it might feel strange, this is a great way to view your home with fresh eyes and to identify any niggles and issues that potential buyers would pick up on. Even better, invite friends and family round for a mock viewing. Encourage them to be brutally honest and let you know of anything that they think detracts from your home! It’s hard to be totally objective when looking at our own homes so encouraging friends and family to give you their feedback could be very instructive.

Thank you for reading our tips on making your home ready for sale. Use these tips to present your property in its best light and, hopefully, to secure a quick sale!