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4 Ways to Prepare Your Home Ready to Sell

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If you’ve decided that it’s about time to change to a different home, then preparation is required. Ultimately, you’ll discover that you have far more stuff than you previously thought possible. If you’re planning a move to a larger home, it’s no wonder really, because every nook and cranny is probably crammed with stuff! This will lengthen the time needed to get ready, but no matter. Here are 4 ways to prepare your home and get it ready to be put on the market. 

Declutter and Clean

We acquire more of everything the longer we’ve lived in the property. While we don’t notice it right away, it does build up until all the wardrobes are full. Once your home is with an estate agent, they’ll want to take photos and complete a video walkthrough. Both of these will look infinitely better when there is less clutter everywhere. Prospective buyers need to see each room, and when it’s packed with furnishings and personal collectables, it’s difficult for them to see the wood for the trees. With this in mind, aim to remove certain furnishings, sell off unwanted items, and reduce what’s in the home by at least 20-30%. It’ll also make it less cumbersome to move later. 

Use Self-storage to Make Space

Use self-storage solutions to store away items of furniture and boxes of things that are needed for the future but not right now. Fewer furnishings means more space to walk around. Also, it makes the rooms feel more expansive. They’ll be easier to clean now too. Use a service like Stored Away to reduce what’s in your home. They can collect the items and store them for you until they’re needed again. They’re also a member of the British Association of Removers, so your possessions are safe with them. 

Get a Handyman to Fix DIY Issues

Go around your home and list down all the things that need taking care of. If you’re like most people, it’s probably a surprisingly long list. Once you have the list ready, mark the ones that you don’t feel capable of doing and will need to hire a contractor or handyman to get them completed for you. Of course, if you have a handy friend who’s a dab hand with a hammer or who is good with plumbing problems, that’s awesome. But otherwise, hire the help you need. Doing this now avoids having to declare the problems to the estate agent later.

Don’t Forget the Front of the Home

How attractive is your home when pulling up in a car or walking up the driveway? You may need to take the blinkers off to see it as if for the first time. Tidy up the plants, give the porch a clean with a broom, and make it look more presentable. Once you’ve done that, it’ll be easier to locate any problem areas. That could be a wobbly brick wall, a temperamental garage door opener, or something else. Most of what you’ll find will be quick fixes. 

When preparing to sell your home, it requires more than just a spring clean. However, when you resolve issues early on, it puts your best foot forward. Then it won’t deter potential buyers later.  

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  1. April 8, 2022 / 8:07 am

    Good tips! Also, do not forget about home security! Although we tend to get away from such thoughts, incidents happen quite often. A security system including strong door locks, an alarm system, and CCTV cameras will add value to your home.

  2. October 26, 2022 / 9:04 am

    Good suggestion! Also, remember that energy-efficient homes tend to sell for a higher price than similar, less efficient properties. To improve your home’s energy efficiency, consider upgrading your HVAC system. Pay attention to air conditioners with a SEER rating and furnaces rated by the AFUE ratio. In both cases, the higher the rating, the lower the energy consumption. If your system is pretty new and works properly, just keep it clean and well-maintained.

  3. Susan David
    February 9, 2023 / 12:00 pm

    These are some really great tips that you have shared! I have been trying to sell my house and the process has been very tiring. I’ll make sure to follow these tips to increase the value of my house. However, I came across Sarah Naylor and her team took care of all the requirements and made it look seamless. Kudos to their team!

  4. May 2, 2023 / 4:23 pm

    Your practical tips are incredibly helpful for anyone preparing to sell their home. Decluttering and cleaning is often overlooked, but it can make a huge difference in how your home looks in photos and videos. Using self-storage to make space is a brilliant idea to show off your home’s full potential. It’s also great that you suggest getting a handyman to fix DIY issues before putting the house on the market. And finally, your reminder to not forget the front of the home is crucial in making a great first impression.
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