Preparing for Sale

Painting

Paint can transform a property both internally and externally. A fresh coat of paint using warm neutral colours will leave rooms feeling clean, light and airy and fresh. A neutral palette is important as you want the look to appeal to as wide arrange of buyers as possible.

Your walls and ceilings will look fresh and buyers will get the impression your home has been well maintained and there is little to be done. A neutral colored background will also allow you to introduce colour to rooms through accessories like cushions, throws, and other decorative items. The finish has to be right so if you are not a great painter get someone in.

De-Personalise

Potential buyers need to imagine themselves living in your house, so get rid of any extreme ornaments and personal photos. A great example is a property I visited that had a life size replica of the sword “Excalibur” hanging above the dining table- not everybody’s cup of tea and certainly one item to be placed in storage whilst selling.

You can re hang these personal items into your new home as soon as you move. You want buyers to be able to see the space and imagine their own belongings in the home. Get rid of over sized toys, posters and stickers in kids’ bedrooms. Again anything you don’t use on a daily basis put it into storage.

Street Appeal

Never underestimate the importance of street appeal. You will only get one opportunity to make a positive first impression with buyers. Focus on and if need be revamp the front of your property.

Start with the tidying up the front gardens and the entrance area. Maybe some potted colour in symmetrical pots, maybe improvements to the entry path, a new letter box if the old one is tired. Ensure the entrance way is spotless, fresh and inviting.

Gardens

Paint can transform a property both internally and externally. A fresh coat of paint using warm neutral colours will leave rooms feeling clean, light and airy and fresh. A neutral palette is important as you want the look to appeal to as wide arrange of buyers as possible.

Your walls and ceilings will look fresh and buyers will get the impression your home has been well maintained and there is little to be done. A neutral colored background will also allow you to introduce colour to rooms through accessories like cushions, throws, and other decorative items. The finish has to be right so if you are not a great painter get someone in.

Repairs

Carry out all those repairs you have noticed but haven’t gotten around to fixing. Doors, windows or gates that don’t close properly, dripping taps, water leaks, any electrical problems, loose tiles, loose floor boards, damp etc….

Any obvious unresolved problems will have buyers wondering what else in the property hasn’t been maintained to a good standard. If you have decks with timber decking clean and oil the timber for a fresh look. Buyers will always favour a property that requires less work.

Cleaning

Buyers aren’t actively looking to buy a dirty house – It is essential that the house be spotless. Getting professional cleaners in to really make the place sparkle with a thorough external house clean will be money well spent. Have the carpets, sofa covers, oven and windows cleaned while you’re at it. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, which need to be inviting and hygienic.