Selling your home is a big deal. It’s a commitment to yourself, your family and your home. It is you telling yourself that it’s time to close the book and start a new chapter somewhere else. Let go of the physical space while keeping hold of the memories. It can be a difficult but exciting period of time, and given that it doesn’t happen overnight, you’re better off to prepare yourself mentally early in the process.
Once you make the commitment to sell, there are several steps to go through before the home can be put on the market and then shown to prospective buyers. Here are a few of those important steps to take. You can either do this yourself or hire a home stager to help beautify your home in ways you couldn’t have.
Fix it up
One of the most important aspects of getting your home ready for sale is fixing anything that might be majorly wrong with it. A home inspection will be conducted before it goes on the market and before the final sale is completed. This initial inspection will be an overview of the property to ensure that everything is up to safety codes and a list will be compiled of any necessary changes. These changes are mandatory before the home can go on the market – at least outside of a private sale. It’s important that you make the often small investments to fix the problems so you can have as smooth a sale as possible.
Don’t neglect the outdoors
The exterior of your house is almost as important as the interior. Make sure the garden is well kept, weeded and that any dead plants are either replaced or removed altogether. Ensure that the grass is cut and neat. Make sure that any decking is secure and safe (the building inspector will check this).You can add an extra step by adding hog wire rail panels around your deck. This is a great way to enhance your decks since these durable panels are versatile and can stand well with different boards. It’s important to make a good first impression and a well-looked-after exterior is a great way to do just that.
Clean the house from top to bottom
One of the most important elements of a move-in-ready home is a clean one. If you’ve neglected to deep-clean your home, now is the time to stop that neglectful behaviour. Spend an entire weekend deep cleaning the space from top to bottom. Vacuum, wash the floors, dust the cobwebs out of every nook and cranny. Clean the appliances in the kitchen – don’t forget the garage as well. For any home to sell, it must be spotlessly clean.
Let there be light
One of the biggest selling points of any home is space, or rather, the illusion of space. Buying high-wattage light bulbs in rooms that are white is a great way to create the illusion that there is far more space than there actually is. Another way to increase the light coming is perhaps to replace two smaller windows with a larger one. The important thing is to increase the amount of light in each room to create the illusion of space.
Clean the pool
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your home, you must clean it thoroughly before your home goes on the market, particularly if this is during the winter months. This will ensure that any prospective buyer will see it at its pristine best. Whether you’ve got a smaller pool or a larger pool, keeping it clean will only aid you in the sale of your home.
Hire a professional
Sometimes it’s essential to take a step back and realise that you can’t do it all yourself, and that’s okay. You’ve done most of the hard work, you’ve cleaned everything and repainted and made a new garden and now you just need some help putting it all together in an appealing, presentable package. One of the best ways to do this is to hire a professional home stager. They’ll be able to help you set the home up and photograph it to make sure that it sells quickly and that you get your money’s worth.
Selling your home doesn’t have to be stressful, hire the right people, do the jobs that need doing and you’re sure to have a swift, profitable sale.