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Preparing Your Property For Sale

Before you begin welcoming prospective buyers for property viewings, spend a bit of time, thought, and even some cash on enhancing your home.

Although a freshly painted kitchen ceiling or a clean bathroom do not immediately increase the value of your property, they would however, improve the general impression of your house and thus help to persuade doubtful buyers.

Bear in mind that the better your property looks, the more people will consider buying it. The faster you will get it sold, the greater the price you will eventually get for it. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Home Repairs

Be sure to address any minor and major faults in the property; those things that you really wanted to get rid of for ages but never had the time to accomplish:

  • Repair the roof
  • Repair any dripping taps
  • Exchange any dead light bulbs
  • Repair loose or damaged handles
  • Be sure that your doorbell works well
  • Stick back any peeling bits of wallpaper
  • Paint over any filthy patches on your walls
  • Ensure that all windows and doors open smoothly
  • Make sure that all drawers and cupboards function well

Refurbishments

These days, a lot of people are too busy (or just lazy) to carry out any major refurbishing after having bought a property. For that reason, you will be able to draw much more attention with a pleasantly done space. Use neutral colours and avoid using eccentric design ideas.

Exterior Edge

The first thing a prospective buyer will see of your property is of course, its exterior. Follow the same approach as the interior and make certain that everything is tidy and in a good state of restoration. This consists of doing up your steps, garden, front door, and everything else in between the street and your front door.

Tidy things up

Doing a bit of clean-up before you present your place to the buyers does not implicate any costs, but is tremendously effective. Prospective buyers will feel much more at ease in a tidy and well-presented home.

Tidying the entire area and getting rid of the collected junk for the past years will make it easier to clean as well. Kitchens and bathrooms should be especially clean and disinfected. Get rid of any greasy remnants and lime-scale of past meals. Laundry your curtains and carpets for it can do miracles to your property, and cleaning the windows is a pretty good idea too!

The Entrance Hall

Whether you have a small corridor or a large hall, the entrance is a prospective buyer’s first glimpse your property’s interior, therefore, it is definitely vital to a sale.

The key to a successful entrance hall is making sure that it is a welcoming space, as it generates an atmosphere for the rest of the property.

Remove any clutter out of the hallway and keep as much of the floor surface as free as possible. Above all, guarantee the potential buyers that they have freedom to move around the house. If you really want to put something in the hallway, small furniture could do the job; perhaps try placing a small table along with some flowers.

Mounting a mirror also enhances a sense of wider space.

The Kitchen

The kitchen’s quality can make or break the sale. Potential buyers need to see it as a multi-purpose room; not only as an area to cook and prepare food, but also a place where family and friends could hang out.

Proper lighting is also significant. Avoid placing overhead fluorescent lights and try fitting a dimmer switch, or lighting above cabinets instead which can offer a nice, contemporary feel.

The Dining Area

Most families prefer having a dining area that’s no longer isolated from the kitchen. Although, if a dining room is still detached then make certain that it is fit for that sole purpose.

Make sure that the dining table is not cluttered with random stuff. If the room has become a dumpsite for unwanted furniture, then it is time to clear some things out. As with most rooms, the décor should be kept plain and neutral.

The Bedrooms

The key to preparing the bedrooms for a viewing is to ensure that any junk, as well as any old and unused clothes are already removed. Pack away the things you haven’t used for months to keep the area clear and tidy.

Storage space is also a significant aspect to a sale, and there is nothing worse than a prospective buyer opening up your wardrobe only to be devoured by a landslide of old garments.

Also consider cleaning the carpets by renting professional shampooing equipment, add some rugs and ensure that windows are clean. Provide natural light to the rooms as much as possible. Keep furniture to a minimum so that prospective buyers can walk around the area.

Child’s Bedroom

There are high chances that the potential buyers may also have children.

A child’s bedroom should look like a child’s area: a nice place to play and to retreat, as well as place of comfort for the kids. Naturally, this room is probably messy so work may need to be done to make sure that the room is tidy and has great storage space.

Consider moving some toys somewhere else in the house. Keep some pictures and/or posters on the walls but don’t cover the walls. As with other rooms in your home, make sure that the room is odour-free, clean and has as much natural light as possible.

Preparing the Study Area

Having a study area can significantly increase the value of any house or flat, as more people consider working from home or are merely in need of a space for their computer. Nonetheless, be sure to make it look like a place of work, as well as a place for people to relax at the end of the day.

Keep the room organized. If boxes of paperwork are scattered and stacks of books are on the floor, consider fitting shelving on walls. Possibly add some extra seating and task lighting as well; a comfy armchair and a nicely lit reading lamp can give the study area some extra dimension.

Table Of contents

  1. Home Selling Guide Intro
  2. Knowing When To Sell Your House
  3. Expenses Involved In Selling Your House
  4. Who Will Sell Your Property
  5. Valuing your Property
  6. Choosing An Agent
  7. Selling Your Home Privately
  8. Selling A Property At Auction
  9. Preparing Your Property For Sale
  10. Property Viewings
  11. Negotiations
  12. Conveyancing For Sale
  13. The Sale Completion