We all know the ‘rules’ when it comes to getting your house ready to put on the market to sell:
Declutter. Paint. Clean. Set the scene.
But is that enough, especially in a housing market that is as competitive and as tough as the one we currently have?
The answer is no; it probably isn’t.
Here, we look at some of the things that you need to be doing that many sellers forget about when prepping their home for sale.
Focus on the front door area
The first thing that potential buyers see when they are coming to your house is the front door and the entryway, so you need to make sure that first impression is a positive one. If your doors are looking a bit shabby, give them a lick of paint and a good clean, or replace them with external wooden doors.
Don’t miss the small details either – make sure you give your letterbox a good clean, put down a fresh and clean front door mat, buff up and shine any hardware on the door and give any lights around your front door a dust and wipe over. All tiny details, but ones that can make a massive difference to the kerb appeal.
Open all the curtains and blinds
A bright and light house feels bigger, cleaner and much more pleasant than a dark, dingy one. For photos and showings, make sure all of the curtains and blinds are open as wide as they can be. If they are dirty or broken, replace them – nothing blocks out the light more and gives a sense of being unloved than grotty window coverings. Make sure the windows underneath are sparkling clean as well.
Clean your roof and guttering
Any buyer who knows his or her salt will glance upwards and take a quick look at the state of the roof and the guttering. If it is covered in dirt and mould and moss, it may give the impression that the roof is in a state of disrepair, even if it is in good condition underneath.
If there is a layer of muck on the roof – and on most people’s, there is – give it a good clean with a pressure washer to get rid of as much as possible. If your roof looks damaged, many people will steer clear. Obviously, things do show up in a survey, but most people will not even get to that point if there is visible damage. Repairs to a roof can be incredibly expensive, costing thousands of pounds in many cases, and can even stop mortgages from going ahead if the problem is particularly costly or severe.
Giving it a clean with a pressure washer, which is something that you can do yourself or hire a professional to do, will make any problems obvious so that you can get them sorted before you put the house up for sale. If there are no problems, it will look much better to potential buyers.
Declutter the outside of your house
There is that word: declutter. It would not be a guide to selling your home without a mention of decluttering. However, here we are not talking about decluttering the inside of your home – we all know that is a must when it comes to prepping your home for a sale, but we are talking about the outside. So many people have clutter in their gardens, from signs and hanging things, to gnomes, ceramic ornaments, bunting and everything in between. Get rid.
Sure, they look lovely to you and make your garden a great place to spend some time, but just like the inside of your house, potential buyers want a clean slate; a blank canvas to put their stamp on and if your garden is full of ‘you’, it can make it very hard to imagine.
If you have kids bikes and scooters and garden toys lying about, put them into the shed, or at the very least, put them neatly in one corner. You would not leave kids toys all over the floor inside for a viewing; do not do it outside. Do not forget to mow the lawn and tidy up the flower beds, and avoid hanging out any washing during viewings – buyers do not need to be seeing your underwear fluttering in the wind!
Simple tips, most of them easy and inexpensive to follow – but are all things that can literally make the difference between selling your house and not. Give them a go and see how fast your house sells!