January, the time of year that makes us all reflect and plan new adventures. Well, for me it is less about the reflecting. 2016 was blooming awful and, therefore, I do not want to look back on it. However, I would like to move forward. Therefore, we have decided to put our house on the market. I’m not sure why I feel the need to move house again. I do find myself yearning for a fresh start and I do know that the house we are in living in now is not our forever home. I also know that the idea of staying in this house for much longer would drive me potty. We are very lucky as this is not a forced move, we are choosing to make this move and, therefore, we can take our time when it comes to selling it. We won’t be rushing to accept the first offer. I do feel that moving house would give us more freedom and as a result we may move back into rented. That way we will have more options open to us. I quite fancy New Zealand myself but I would only do that if I was sure it was right for everyone. Therefore, we are going to try a different part of the island first and we are going to move into rented again, unless the dream home becomes available.
Before we get the estate agents round we need to get our house ready to sell so here is our plan of action
12 easy ways to get your house ready to sell
- Painting. Living with children means that the house walls can get grubby. We are repainting the main walls in a light and neutral colour. From our past experience, most buyers want to see a blank canvas so that they can think about how to make their mark. However, they also want to feel that they could live in the house as it is too. If you don’t want to spend time painting the house then invest in a magic eraser and get rid of those handprints and scuff marks.
- Kerb appeal. The front of our house has a small patio garden. We want to make it look more inviting so we invested in two box plants, one on either side of the door. We went for fake plants. This means we can take them with us and we don’t have to worry about killing them off before we move. Also, make sure that you have a nice doormat.
- Get rid of your clutter. With children this a very tricky issue but potential buyers do not want to be tripping over Lego. Buyers want to see a house that feels spacious so it is worth investing in some extra storage; clutter can make a house feel small.
- Deep clean. Make sure you give the house a really deep clean. This means cleaning the windows, floors, walls, oven, fridge and the grout in your bathroom. We invested in a steam cleaner that we can use on the floors, grout, tiles and oven. It is brilliant and a review will be coming soon.
- Define your rooms. A buyer wants to be able to see the function of a room clearly. If you have a multi-functioning room then you might want to have defined zones. For example we have recently converted our guest room into a gym/office/guest room. When people are coming round to view we will either make sure to explain that it was previously a bedroom or we will have the sofa-bed opened up so that potential buyers can see it can be used as a bedroom too.
- Make sure there is no dead space. Buyers don’t like dead space, they want to see all space utilised. If you are fortunate enough to have a massive airing cupboard then put some shelves up to make use of the space. A corner that is bare? Find a good corner unit or put a chair and a lamp and create a reading corner.
- Garage and outdoor storage needs to be tidy. You want to show buyers how big it is. You do not want it to look like a dumping ground.
- Organised utility room. If you have a utility room then make sure everything has a place and that it looks organised.
- Organised cupboards, wardrobes and fridge. Buyers will open doors. You want them to see an organised space not a jumbled one. You need to sell the idea that it is a tidy, spacious house.
- De-personalise. You want the buyer to visualise themselves and their family in the house. Therefore, do not have too many photographs up.
- Kitchen: make sure it is clutter free. People want plenty of cupboard space, if your work surfaces are full of clutter they will assume that this is because you don’t have enough cupboard space.
- Make any repairs. Do you have a door that creaks? A light that flickers? A cracked tile? Fix them. A buyer does not want to think that your house needs money spending on it
If you are looking to sell your house soon then these tips should help. You should complete all of the above before you even let that estate agent in the house. When your house goes on the market you want it to be looking as perfect as it can. Can you think of any other tips for getting your house ready to sell?
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