Deciding to put your home on the market is a big decision. You will need to make sure your finances are in order so that you can cover all of the associated costs of moving, but you will also need to make sure that the house sells in good time. If it is left on the market with little interest in it, then people will start to think that there is something up with it…
But how exactly do you make sure that your home flies off the market? The best thing you can do is to make sure that it is in the best possible condition so that it stands out to house hunters. If it looks good and needs little work doing to it, then you can be happy knowing that it should sell fairly quickly and close to your asking price too.
Here are a few ideas of how to improve the saleability of your home. Once you do this and put it on the market, it will be purchased before you know it!
Change Any Old Light Bulbs
It’s worth going to your nearest hardware store and stocking up on a lot of light bulbs. When potential buyers come to view your home, they will want to try out all of the light fixtures and fittings in the property. If any of the bulbs aren’t working, then they won’t be able to see exactly how the lights light up the room or area. This might be quite underwhelming and it certainly won’t be impressive. So, it’s a good idea to buy some extra light bulbs so that you can replace any old ones. Have plenty in your cupboards so that you can replace any that go just before buyers come to view the home.
Decorate Dated Rooms
If any of your decors are looking slightly old-fashioned or re not so in-keeping with the current interior design trends, then it is time to decorate. It’s important that you do this before you put the house on the market. Redecorating gives you the chance to freshen up all of the rooms so that the photos that the real estate agent takes look as bright and fresh as possible. Not only that, though, but rooms that are decorated in the current fashionable trends will look very appealing during house views. They will attract people to view your home when they look at photos, and the top quality decoration could be what persuades them to put an offer in!
Change Dirty Or Tired Carpets
How are your carpets looking? If they have some stains on that you can’t remove even with the strongest carpet stain remover, it will be worth replacing them with some new ones. This is also the case if they have been in the house for a few years already and are starting to look slightly threadbare. Adding some new carpets will make a big difference and will be able to freshen up your room in an instant. If your carpets aren’t too bad overall, but there are some stubborn stains, you could simply hide these by placing a rug over the problematic areas.
Sort Out Plumbing Issues
Some potential buyers will spend a long time inspecting the house from top to bottom. The might even turn on all the taps to ensure that there is nothing wrong with the home’s plumbing system. If you know that there is an issue with some pipes or another part of the system, it’s important that you call out some plumbers so that the problem can be sorted as soon as possible. It’s worth asking the plumbers to give you a service certificate or other form of paperwork that shows you recently had the plumbing worked on. This way, all potential buyers will know that the system is in good working order.
Get The Boiler Serviced
Another job that you will need to call a handyman out for is to service the boiler. In fact, most real estate agents will tell you that you are obliged to get the boiler serviced and certified as in good working order before they will put the house on the market for you. It’s worth getting this serviced in plenty of time so that you will be able to get it repaired or replaced before the house does go on the market.
Carry Out A Deep Clean
You should also be prepared to clean the whole house before people start coming around to view it. Ideally, this should be a deep clean. You can never be too sure of how well some potential buyers will inspect your home, so make sure you get all of the dirt and dust off all the surfaces and behind all of the furniture. You should also polish up all of the enamel and metals in your kitchen and bathroom so that these rooms shine. These are two rooms that potential buyers will take the most notice of, so make sure they are super clean and look fantastic.
Take Away Some Of Your Personality
Another great tip that will help you sell your home as quickly as possible is to take away some of the personalization from its interior design. When people are looking around your home, they will want to try and picture themselves living in it. If your rooms are too personalized and very much tailored to your own taste, it could be quite hard for viewers to think about how their own furniture would go in the rooms.
Sort Out The Garden
Don’t be too focused on the home’s interiors. You also need to make sure that the garden is neat and tidy as well. If it is too much of a jungle, then people might be put off from all the gardening they will need to do once they move in to sort it out.
As long as you follow all of these tips, your home should sell pretty quickly once it goes on the market.