Generally speaking, your home is your biggest asset and you’ll no doubt want to maximise the house sale price when the time comes.
To do this, you’ll need to make your house as attractive as possible to any prospective buyers, so here’s what we recommend you do to spruce up your home and get it ready to sell.
Time of year
Consider the time of year when you put your house on the market. It can often be difficult trying to make a house and garden look attractive during the winter months. The majority of people prefer to wait until spring time, when the days are brighter and the gardens are coming into bloom.
Increase kerb appeal
Drive past a property and if it doesn’t grab you from the outset, you’ll be put off taking a look inside, right? Make sure your front lawn is well-kept, all leaves are swept up and does the drive need weeding? Clean the windows and paint any fences that might be looking a bit worse for wear.
Even if red is your favourite colour, that doesn’t mean it’s everyone else’s too. It’s advisable to repaint any rooms a neutral colour, such as white or magnolia. You can still inject your colour into soft furnishings such as curtains, cushions, rugs etc. but keeping wall and floor colours neutral will help buyers see how they can put their own stamp on the property. Neutral colours can also make rooms look bigger, which could be to your advantage too.
Go for the minimalistic look. Get rid of any collections of ornaments or general clutter that has built up over time - even if this means hiding it in cupboards for the meantime.
Last but certainly not least, give your home a good spring clean (even if it’s summer, autumn or winter!) Clearing away the cobwebs and deep cleaning your home from top to bottom will make your house look well looked after and it’ll be ready to show off.
Before the estate agent comes round to take photos, or prospective buyers come to view the house, always remember:
- Fluff cushions
- Make beds
- Tie curtains/blinds back
- Put your pet’s bed and toys away
- Fresh flowers
- Air fresheners
- Lights on
Once you’ve sold your house, you can then start thinking about beginning the search for your dream home…
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you’d like to arrange an appointment to speak with one of our expert mortgage advisers.