Once you’ve decided to sell your home, the work has just begun. As overwhelming as that might sound, and as true as it might be, the good news is that much of the work you’ll need to do can be done quickly, easily, and perhaps even be hired out so you don’t need to worry about it at all.
Getting your home ready to sell can take up as much or as little time as you want it to, and will depend on the market you’re trying to sell in as well. For example, if you’re currently in a buyer’s market, where there are more houses than there are buyers, selling your home will be more difficult and you may not get the price you want for it. This means that this article is even more important for you and will help you get a leg up on other homes in your area.
Even if it’s a seller’s market, and your home will sell fast, you still want to make sure that it’s ready to go to maximise your asking price. Regardless of the market, here are 10 easy ways to get your home ready to go, and to sell at its highest price without putting too much effort into it.
There are certain things that turn off a buyer really quickly. While some of the main ones are having outdated appliances, a dirty home, or a seriously high asking price, having little broken things all over your home is another surefire way to leave a buyer unimpressed with your home.
Take the opportunity prior to any showings or open houses to make some basic and simple repairs around your home. Did one of your children accidently break some glass in your home with a loose ball? Have that glass door repaired in New Plymouth before buyers come in for viewings. Other easy fixes, like patching up holes in your walls, fixing the closet tracks to make sure they open smoothly, and fixing any leaking faucets will all help make a better impression.
Dressing your house for selling is incredibly important, especially if you’ve already moved out completely or even have started the process of moving. Home staging is a proven way to sell your home quicker, and at a higher price than if you left it empty or with your old or outdated furniture. Adding things like contemporary furniture and arranged in a open and clean format will help buyers envision the home for themselves.
Trust us on this. Hire yourself some interior painters to spruce up each room and create a neutral, calm look that most buyers will like. This is especially important if you’ve previously painted your walls to something a bit more unconventional, even if it’s not that bold. Unfortunately for those of us who enjoy a bright splash of paint, many people do not, so you’ll want your walls to be that neutral look that appeals to everyone.
Add some flair
Having one stand out item or feature in your home will help buyers remember it, and help put your home one notch above the rest. One example of a fairly easy to install feature piece is to add a backyard fireplace. When buyers see it, they’ll be able to picture themselves gathering around it on a colder fall evening, or maybe even roasting marshmallows in the summer.
Clean like crazy
Easier said than done is giving your house a huge clean, and then keeping it clean as you begin to sell your home. Windows, appliances like your refrigerator or washing machine, sinks and tubs, all need special attention as they’ll be looked at closely by potential buyers.
Find out what kinds of things are looked at in detail on a home inspection, and make sure they’re up to date in your home. Passing an inspection is one of the last steps to selling your home, so you’ll want to ensure there are no hidden issues that can affect your asking price.
Storage space is one of the main complaints as well as the main positive that people have with homes. To make your home feel like it has plenty of storage space all over, clean out about half of the items in your cupboards and closets. This will give the illusion of plenty of room left over, but also show what the storage looks like with items in them.
Buyers may have a hard time imagining themselves in your home if it’s filled with your personal items. As hard as it might be, take down those family photos, memorabilia, kid’s drawings on the fridge, and anything else that is very personal to you.
Put personal items away
Along the same lines as depersonalising, make sure that anything sensitive, personal, or just anything you’d rather not have the whole world see, is safely secured away. Buyers will be looking through your storage space, in your bathrooms, and checking out your entire kitchen, so just don’t leave things in there that you don’t want found.
Finally, get ready to say goodbye to your home. Even if you’ve only lived there for a short time, you still made it home for that period of time, and will still be more difficult than you might first imagine to say goodbye. Take some time, even before you start cleaning and removing personal items, to walk through your home and give it a proper farewell. It might sound a bit cheesy, but it’s important to remember what that house means to you, and to be thankful for the time you spent in it.
After you’ve completed everything on this list, it’s time to say a final farewell, and open the floodgates to potential buyers. Take a deep breath, take one last walk through your home, and go ahead and open those doors.