Selling your house can be a stressful time – there are real estate agents to converse with, paperwork to be signed and cleaning to be done. There’s also the constant concern about getting the best price for your property and hoping it will be enough to support your future plans. After all, a house is a significant investment, and you want to make sure you are getting the best value out of any sale deal.
As soon as you consider putting your house on the market, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get those hands dirty (or call in the professionals, it’s up to you!). Every surface, window, drawer and cupboard will need to be wiped and polished. You want everything to look fresh and tidy when prospective buyers walk through the house, and a good clean will help to get your place looking like new.
Carpets should not be forgotten in your monster clean. We all know the toll that everyday life can take on our flooring. Our once plush carpets get lost behind spilt drinks, pet hair and dirt traipsed in by all sorts of feet. It is worth investing in a professional clean, including steam clean and deodoriser. A clean carpet can dramatically change the feel of a room, and you will be sure to get your investment back in the sale.
Most buyers don’t want to pay top dollar for a house that requires repairs. Even minor damages like marks on the walls or a dodgy door handle can cause a buyer to put in a lower offer than they would for a house that has no immediate maintenance issues. The good thing is that many of these minor issues can be addressed at a low cost. Take the time to plaster holes and repaint walls, ensure all sliding doors work smoothly in their tracks and check taps to make sure they turn on smoothly and don’t drip.
A lot of sellers put time and effort into getting the interior of their home ready for sale, sometimes overlooking the rest of their property. Spend some time cleaning up the exterior of your home, cleaning windows and wiping down outside walls. Clean up the garden by weeding, mowing the lawn and sweeping areas where possible.
If you want your house to look its best, remove the clutter before holding inspections. Keep the inside and outside environments clean and tidy as this will help the property to look more spacious. It’s also easier for buyers to envision their furniture and plans for the place when they are not distracted by busy spaces that are filled with objects and ornaments.
Finally, spend some time styling each room to get your house looking its best for sale. Think fresh designs in neutral colours that will make a statement but appeal to a wide range of tastes. It is worth considering a furniture rental company like Pabs to hire some unique pieces that will complement your home and maximise the selling price.
If you need some help styling your property for sale, call us on 1800 20 10 20 or check out our property styling packages, and we can help you stage your home, so it looks its best.