How To Prepare Your Home For Sale
You plan on putting your home for sale and contact an agent to help you with the process. You fix the right rate for your home and put the information up on Facebook Groups and sell it within a few weeks. This is the ideal chronology of events that lead up to the home being sold. But every so often, that is not exactly how it unravels.
Every seller dreams of making amazing profits on their quickest sale. The probability of it is quite a luck of the draw. Here are the microscopic steps of decluttering, painting, cleaning, and staging your home for the seller you best pick to give it away to all the while making a fair profit.
Focus on your entrance
Judging a book by its cover is one of the first things that buyers do when they visit a house that they are planning to buy. Hence, it becomes very important to make sure that your house has an entrance that creates a sense of positivity among buyers to discover your home better. You can ensure this in the following ways:
- Get rid of squeaky and creaky front doors.
- Place a new and clean doormat.
- Dust your door hardware to make it sparkly and clean.
- Replace your doorbell switch with a new one if it has turned yellow over the years.
Depersonalise your house in and out
It does not matter how long or how less you have lived in your home, personalisation is inevitable. Be it a Shubh Diwali sticker on your door or the poster of your favourite band in your bedroom. Make sure to get rid of elements that add a personal touch to your house. Depersonalising your home for sale acts as an empty canvas for your buyers to proceed to imagine it as their own.
This even applies to decor. It gets difficult for buyers to imagine a future in a home that has a rifle hanging in its living room wall, for instance. Walkthrough your house in the shoes of your future buyers to have a better understanding of what you must keep or eliminate.
Let Natural Light Flood In
Natural light has the potential to make your home for sale much more appealing. It makes it look brighter, cleaner and most of all, bigger. As compared to a dark room, it looks much more positive.
- Drape lighter curtains for your window as dark curtains tend to look gloomy.
- Ensure your windows are clean and without any cracks.
- Prepare yourself for buyers who visit in the evenings with warm white, and yellow lights.
It’s the smallest, most unnoticeable things that count. Deodorizing your home for sale is a small step that goes a long way. Neutral, deodorising options like letting the air circulate and keeping the windows open does much of the trick.
If your home is close to an industry or has a restaurant near-by then you might need to take an extra step. A mild spray of lemon fresheners on your curtains and corners for a morning visit can fill the air with freshness. A nice lavender candle for evening visits is also an ideal pick.
You can further add charm to your house by:
- Having an air-tight shoe rack to prevent any mysterious odours.
- Avoiding cooking anything at least an hour before you’re expecting a buyer. Your methi ka paratha can wait.
- Ensuring that your pet is just as clean as you are because it might have an odour you have familiarised yourself with.
Declutter and Organise
While a house is constructed in a given period, it takes an eventual process to make it your home. Over some time, you obviously might have accumulated a lot of items from souvenirs to crockery and while they have quite an emotional value, they might be cluttering your space. Declutter your home from items that have no use to you or do not add as a piece of attraction.
Further, you need to organise everything in your home for sale, even inside your cupboards! Get boxes to store miscellaneous items in your cupboard. Organise in patterns of symmetry and uniformity. Buyers who are keen on buying your house may get a little nosy to check spaciousness. Stuffing cupboards might leave your buyer with the impression of a small, difficult-to-organise house.
Reorganise your furniture that obstructs passageways. Be vocal about what remains and leaves the house after you move out. You can always consider this process as a step towards packing to move out when you put your home for sale.
Spick and Span
You might believe that dusting is enough preparation for your home for sale. But you might need to burst your bubble. Polish your floors, windows and hardware. Vacuum your ceiling and corners, and dust your furniture bottoms. Wash and clean your bathroom, and cover your commode.
Tip: You might not know but kitchens are a huge point of sale in homes. So you need to ensure cleanliness, clutter organisation and spotlessness of it.
Putting your home for sale is a hectic task. One might forget to take the correct measures but the above-mentioned points must make your home an eligible property in your neighbourhood.