Are you planning to sell your home this year? Here’s a checklist to help you prepare for your next move.
Have you got an exciting plan for 2023? A move to a bigger home to accommodate your growing family? Or perhaps you want to downsize and start afresh in a different part of the country?
Whatever your goal, the best way to turn your dream into reality is to secure a good price for your current home. And to help you achieve this, we’ve put together a checklist for preparing a property for sale.
If you’ve accumulated lots of ‘stuff’ over the years, now’s the time for a ruthless declutter. Piles of junk and bric-a-brac are a major turn-off for buyers, so give each room in your property a clear-out. Read our blog on decluttering here.
Arrange for three agents to value your property. Don’t automatically go with the agent offering the highest valuation. Ask them to provide evidence of how they arrived at their figure including comparable properties sold in the area. Choose the agent with the best track record and who is giving you a fair but realistic valuation.
Once you’ve chosen your agent, chat with them about the best way to market the property. They can advise you about any minor repairs that will give the property a lift. Fix any wonky cupboard doors, creaky floorboards and broken tiles and give tired walls a fresh lick of paint. If you would like a contractor recommendation or property valuation and sales advice just pop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d be happy to help.
Don’t forget to tidy up outdoor spaces (front and back). A neat front garden will create a good first impression, and a tidy courtyard or back garden could help you clinch the deal. Trim back hedges and plants and check that fences are in good repair.
Buyers often feel uncomfortable if personal items such as family photos, trinkets and certificates are on display. Remove these items from view until the sale is completed.
Make an effort to ensure your property is sparkling clean from top to bottom – it really does help to create a positive impact with buyers.
To get the best results when you sell your home, make sure it’s clear what purpose each room in the property serves. For example, a bedroom should have a bed in it (not piles of gym equipment, sporting items or boxes of junk).
Before viewings start, eliminate the smell of pets, damp, rubbish or cigarette smoke. Use scented candles or flowers to create a pleasant aroma in your home.
Once you’ve followed these steps, let the viewings begin! Your agent will handle them for you and keep you updated on progress.
If you’re thinking of marketing your home, contact us here at Liberty Blue for a free valuation.