Selling your home is tricky at the best of times – with the market constantly fluctuating, you never know whether a quick and easy sale is around the corner.
Well, with our three quick and simple tricks, we’ll teach you how to make sure your house remains fantastic to live in, while being the dream house for everybody who views it – when you make the big decision to sell your home.
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Declutter – but don’t strip any personality
First of all, you need to consider how much stuff you’ve actually accumulated over the years. Your house may seem empty to you, but to the prospective buyer, it may be full to the brim. A full house looks like a small house – and by that we mean if you’ve filled the place up, surely anybody else will. If you’ve got external storage – use it. Otherwise, it’s time to store stuff at your mom’s house, or worse it’s time to declutter.
Of course, though – your home has a personality, and your belongings form part of this. While you might need to get rid of an extra piece of furniture, don’t empty the place out. People want to see what it looks like with something in – just not everything you own.
Spare the odors and get rid of any pests
There are two major things that put prospective homebuyers off – odors and pests. With odors, you might think that covering them up for the day will work, but come a second viewing, and subsequently, a much thorough look over, hiding that smelly drain or that moldy basement becomes much more difficult. Honestly, just get rid of the smell – it may cost you more money in the short-term, but it’ll be worth it in the long-run.
The same goes for pests. Bugs will reduce the value of your home by thousands! Convincing potential buyers that a room is ‘out of order’ due to ‘decoration’, when, in fact, it’s infested with roaches, isn’t going to stick. There are plenty of amazing services for pest control which will sort your bug issues out in a jiffy – so stop making excuses and get it sorted.
Update the kitchen – keep it modern
The kitchen is your biggest asset – its value per square meter is more than any other room and will often be the tipping point between a rejection and sale. Of course, it doesn’t mean you have to splash out on a whole new kitchen – often refacing any cabinets and modernizing any worktops is enough to add a new sparkle of life. Also, if you want to go all out to impress any potential buyers, you can replace worktops completely and add some serious value – but be warned, this can be expensive.
Finally, decluttering your kitchen can work wonders. It provides the viewer with an idea on how large the area is and what they can bring from their home. People don’t want to spend money (or throw away) their current kitchen appliances, and so by getting rid of anything not necessary for the viewing (just store them in your garage), you improve the chance of selling your home.