When you are preparing your home for sale, it is important to detach yourself from it as the place you live, and consider it as your most important asset, which needs to be presented to best advantage in order to generate the maximum interest and the best possible price, so bear in mind the following:
First Impressions Count: Buyers have the opportunity form a favourable or unfavourable impression of a property within moments of entering the front door, or even before entering. If a buyer feels negative at the outset, it is an uphill task, so is vital to take extra care in presenting the hallway and first rooms to their best advantage. It is also important that the exterior is clean and tidy, front garden cared for and drive or pathway swept.
Declutter: Buyers are easily distracted by an excess of possessions in any room. It is important that the buyer can imagine a room with their own furnishings in place. Clear surfaces, tidy overstocked bookshelves, storing the excess and remove anything that doesn’t need to be there, particularly extra small items of furniture.
Get round to those jobs you have been putting off……..Small outstanding maintenance jobs are a surprisingly big deterrent to buyers. Blown lighbulbs, peeling or stained paintwork, kitchen unit doors in need of adjustment and stained and mastic in bathrooms or kitchens. Dealing with all these will demonstrate that your home is well maintained and create the best impression.
Cleanliness is vital. It almost goes without saying that presenting a home that is tidy, vacuumed, dusted, with sparkling windows, kitchen and bathrooms will create a better impression than one that is not.