Preparing a Home for a Quick Sale

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The property market has slowed down in recent years, most notably in central London, so selling a home is not as easy as it once was – unless you live in a hot spot or you are selling a smaller property marketed at first-time buyers. Either way, it makes sense to do everything possible to make your home attractive to potential buyers. Here are some tips to ensure you achieve a quick sale.

Repairs and Odd Jobs

It’s very important that you fix any urgent problems or carry out repairs you have been putting off for months. A broken towel rail, leaking tap, or cracked window may not seem that important in the grand scheme of things, but a blatant disregard for the small jobs indicates you have probably not bothered keeping up with larger maintenance tasks.

The last thing a potential buyer wants is a money pit, especially when they are taking on a huge mortgage. Sort out any obvious maintenance issues before you put your home on the market, or you could jeopardise any future sale.

Clean and Tidy

Spend a weekend giving your home a spring clean. Start at the top and work your way down. Wipe down skirting boards, wash windows, give carpets and upholstery a deep clean, and disinfect kitchens and bathrooms. If you need help, use a professional cleaning company such as Athcleaningservices.co.uk to come and clean your carpets or give your home a deep clean.

The aim is to have a home that smells pleasantly clean rather than damp dog or tomcat.

Declutter

Clutter is the enemy. The more clutter you have, the smaller your rooms will look to potential buyers. Now is an excellent time to declutter your home. Invest in packing boxes and start clearing away ornaments, books, and general items you don’t need. Don’t remove everything or it will depersonalise the space too much. Leave a few books and ornaments out on display, so each room feels homely.

Boxes can be stored in the garage or the loft until you have a buyer.

Neutral Décor

Bold, bright colours are great, but not everyone likes them. It is much better to stick to neutral colours when you want to sell a home. You want to appeal to the maximum number of people, but a lime green or hot pink room is not the way to do this. If a room is too personalised, give it a coat of cream paint. It’s also worth painting rooms where the décor is old-fashioned or scruffy.

Neutral décor makes it easier for potential buyers to envisage their belongings in your home.

Create a Welcoming Vibe

Welcome buyers with nice smells, such as freshly brewed coffee or fresh flowers. We often judge a home based on how it smells, so pet odours or a musty, damp smell are off-people putting. Always open the windows to let some fresh air in before potential buyers are due.

Kerb appeal matters when selling a home. Take a good, hard look at your house or flat and try to see it through the eyes of an objective buyer. If it passes muster, you are good to go.

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