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.