The sun is shining, the birds are singing, it’s a great time of year to get ready to sell your house. But where do you start? It’s no secret buyers are rather cautious and cost-conscious at the moment given the recent uncertainties of the housing market, but just like storm Ciara, this uncertainty is clearing, and now is the time to make your house shine and stand out from the crowd, and we’re not just talking about a good Spring clean.
Our role at Check 4 Houses is to help local people sell their homes as quickly as possible at the best possible price. We often get asked how do you maximise the value of your home and from our experience, there are a few surefire things you can do to make sure your home is a hot property. Here are our top 5 tips to prepare your house for a Spring sale and take advantage of the growing market in our area.
Declutter like Marie Kondo
Yes, that’s right it’s time to dump the junk, and tidy tidy tidy! One man’s trash is indeed another man’s treasure, but that doesn’t mean the treasure is left out for all to see, viewers, don’t want to see piles of letters or magazines, and millions of ornaments and trinkets, think blank canvas.
Store kitchen utensils and pans in cupboards where possible, so viewers see a clean washing up area and sparkling sink. Make sure bedrooms are tidy and that you have made the beds. Clear away, children’s toys, you don’t want viewers to trip over them. Equally prospective buyers want to see the potential in a space, so if you’re selling a three-bed home and the third bedroom has descended into a state of chaos with piles of abandoned laundry or over time has evolved into an untidy man cave, clean it out, make the potential in the space glaringly obvious, as not everyone has an imagination. A little staging goes a long way, and that applies as much to the outdoors as it does the indoors, tidy the front and back gardens if you have them, and clear any rubbish or untidy bins. And organise the garage, again, so people can see the space available.
Time for a Spring Clean
Mrs. Hinch’s mops and sponges at the ready, it’s time for that all-important early Spring clean. Thoroughly clean the house and vacuum all carpets. Clean all the windows to allow as much light in as possible. Everyone loves a bit of good lighting, and when it comes to property, good lighting is key to showing off your home at its best, quick fixes like swapping out low voltage bulbs for the high-voltage variety, can have a small but effective impact, helping to brighten your home on a dull, grey day. If you have a car on the drive, make sure it’s clean. And remember, your buyer may not love your furry friends as much as you do, so try to clean up after them where possible.
Find out recent council tax, water rates, electricity and gas bills and have them to hand. If you’ve had any new appliances such as a boiler recently fitted, leave out the receipts or guarantees for viewers to see. This applies to any information regarding planning permission. Perhaps you had sought permission to add an extra bedroom or extend the kitchen before deciding to put your house on the market – with planning consents usually valid for three-years, these could easily be passed on to the new owner, and are a major draw for prospective buyers if they know they can make adjustments to the property without any council red tape.
Address the DIY
If you’ve not already guessed from this piece, first impressions do count. So no half-finished DIY jobs, please. Apparently, a quarter of viewers will make their minds up about the property in the first 30 seconds, literally moments within stepping through the front door. So to ensure your home has curb appeal and is looking its best from the very outset, a few little DIY tweaks could help from giving your front door a fresh lick of paint to banish the paint chips to fixing loose doors, fixing up small holes in the walls to ensuring any gates and boundary fencing are in good repair. Use professionals if needed – the investment may well pay off both in terms of securing a better price for your home and selling it quickly.
The smell of fresh coffee
There is nothing worse than walking into a property and being hit by an unsavoury smell. You want your home to be inviting like the allure of a coffee shop with the smell of fresh coffee. Therefore try to omit odours such as pets, smoking, and cooking oil and replace them with more welcoming, fresh scents such as fresh flowers, freshly made bread, or even lemon. Open the windows where possible and leave internal doors open to create a feeling of space and fresh air. If the weather turns cold, ensure the heating is on and turn on lights to make rooms brighter.
Finally, once you have decided to sell your home, and you have done everything possible to get the best price for it, make sure you don’t spend more than you need to in agency fees; shop around to find the right estate agent. For just a small upfront fee of £699+VAT or low 0.5% Selling Fee (No Sale, No Fee) saving you thousands, Check 4 Houses will expertly sell your house – giving you more to spend on your new home.
For a free valuation of your home, then please give us a call on 01252 819725 – we would be delighted to help.