Prepare Your House for Sale
If you want a quick sale you must prepare your property correctly. It will make a
big difference to the length of time it will stay on the market before selling. Prepare your property both outside and inside the house before
you put it up for sale and start showing it to potential buyers.
To get ideas about what you should do to present your home at its best visit a
builder's show home and take note of their techniques for showing and selling a house. They appeal to the emotions of the home
buyer by making the home as light, cheerful and serene as possible.
Outside The House
First impressions are important and a well kept garden and lawn indicates a well kept home
The front entrance of your home is a key part of the first impression your home
makes on the potential buyer. Make your front door as attractive as you can by cleaning or painting it. Consider installing new classy looking
door furniture. Make sure the entrance light and doorbell are in working order. Put up an attractive looking house number plate that is easily
visible from the street.
The average home owner can easily come to overlook signs of disrepair; signs that are obvious to house buyers
coming to view your property. Repair missing, loose and cracked roof slates or tiles and leaking gutters and downpipes especially those
that are clearly visible. Wash your windows regularly and paint window frames if necessary.
Inside The House
Houses that appear spacious, sound and clean sell much more easily. Clutter, dark
colours and dirt turn off most buyers. So clear away the clutter. That means removing everything you can live without. If possible store it away
from the house. Sell any unwanted items.
Organise rooms so that they are seen to have a purpose. De-personalise the house until it is sold by removing
personal items such as family photos.
Clean everywhere thoroughly – have the carpets professionally cleaned. Replace
badly worn and stained carpeting. Make sure all animal hairs and smells are removed. Clean off smudges, especially around doorknobs and light
switches. Don’t forget to clean and tidy the attic, basement and garage. When you are arranging a viewing open the windows to allow plenty of
fresh air in to the house.
Rooms painted with bright colours will put off some buyers so consider painting them in more neutral tones e.g.
white and magnolia. White walls will make a small room look bigger.
Choose the correct level of lighting for each room and replace dim lights with higher wattage bulbs.
The condition of the bathroom and kitchen are most important. Consider repainting
the ceilings and walls and clean or re-grout any tiled areas that are going black. Repair dripping taps and repair or clean the sealant around
bathtubs and sinks. Clear kitchen worktops as much as possible and clean all surfaces and fixtures. Clean the oven and all appliances. Reduce the
number of items stored in cabinets.
Carry out necessary minor DIY repairs and fix rattles, squeaks and leaks that
leave the impression that the house needs a lot of work. Fix squeaking floorboards and steps, and wobbly handrails. Tighten loose doorknobs,
light switch plates and cabinet hinges. Free sticking doors and windows.
Repair any roof leaks and remove all signs of water damage: paint over water
stains and replace discoloured wallpaper.
Consider the benefit of making some home improvements.
The purpose of this preparation is simply to ensure
that you attract the widest range of possible buyers in your area and sell your house as quickly as possible and for the best