Making Things Easy – Preparing Your House for Sale

Kiran Singh

The property market in the United Kingdom is starting to see some movement, so if you were planning to sell before the lockdown and could not, this could be the right time to make the necessary arrangements. Before you sell your house, though, you have to get it ready for the sale.

Making Things Easy - Preparing Your House for Sale

Have the Right Documents at Hand

Your estate agent or solicitor will need some paperwork from you before the buying process starts. It is always a good idea to have the paperwork with you before initiating this process. Doing this gives you enough time to collect all the documents you need, which helps avoid any delays when you have a buyer standing by.

Clean the House

A clean house indicates you have kept the house well maintained, which is a positive for a lot of buyers. So, before staging the house and getting people over, clean the whole house, taking extra care to clean even the hard-to-reach areas.

Declutter

Decluttering the house before a showing achieves two aims; it makes the house seem larger and homier and also ensures you will be showing buyers a clean and tidy house. Decluttering the house also lets buyers focus on the house rather than on the random items lying around.

Stage the House

Staging a house is another way to give people an idea of what it would be like to live in that house. It gives them an idea of how to divide the different spaces, what to add to make the house feel like theirs, and what customisations they could make to the walls, ceilings, and other surfaces.

Give Every Room the Right Purpose

If you advertise your house as having three bedrooms but have one converted into a study room, do your best to turn it back into a bedroom. People want to see the advertised features rather than being told what they can use the rooms in the house.

Doing this also allows the buyers to visualise how they will use the different rooms in the house, as all the room’s roles are already defined.

Do the Necessary Repairs

No one wants to buy a run-down house, so if you are selling an older house, it will make things easier if you did the necessary repairs. Start with the most obvious areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen. These are the two areas that people look at first before deciding if they will buy the house or not. Ensure doors and windows are fixed, the floor is repaired, all the lights work, and all surfaces are in pristine condition. Do not forget to check the sink, the bathroom, dishwasher, and toilet bowl to ensure they are clean and in good condition.

Point Out New Additions

Although you might want the home to speak for itself, instructing the estate agent to point out new additions or remodels is a good way of speeding up the process. For example, if you have recently added a mobility bathroom, let the estate agent know so they can point it out. You might even find that investing in remodelling before you sell will help to increase the value substantially without costing you any extra. Ensuring that the space is accessible to all will also mean you can market your property to more people.

Keep the Garden Tidy

The first impression counts and your garden is the first thing people will see when they walk or drive up to the house. A well-maintained garden could make a huge difference for people looking for some outdoor space. So, maintain your lawn and keep the beds tidy to improve curb appeal and catch the attention of those who need some outdoor space.

If you want a fast sale, you have to get your house ready for the sale. First impressions do matter as does how tidy, organised, and well-maintained the house is.

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