Selling your home can be a daunting experience, yet it’s important that as soon as you decide to go ahead with a sale you start calling what was once your home a house. It’s no longer your job to feel attached to your living space when you decide to sell, as you’re now focusing on what other people will want to see. There are a number of changes you’ll want to make to your home in order to start the detachment process and focus more on getting as much as you can for the property, so here’s what you need to do.
Make Your Home (A Bit) Less Personal
You might be a big fan of the lime green living room or the deep purple kitchen, yet it’s unlikely to appeal to the numerous buyers your hoping to attract. You’re much more likely to deter potential buyers with features that either don’t appeal or will be tough to get rid of. If you have already chosen a particularly unique coat of faint, there’s little you can do other than some new paint work.
However, you can get rid of any moveable features that might be classed as personal, such as a tapestry or your bespoke silver collection. Replace items like this with standard decorative items such as picture frames or vases. Do remember that personality can help to sell a home, so don’t go completely over the top!
Reorganise and Stage Each Room
You might have furniture already organised to be a little more pragmatic for your requirements, so you should reorganise furniture to make each room look as spacious as possible. You could even store away unnecessary furnishings that take up too much room to really emphasise available space.
You should only be satisfied with the reorganising process when the room feels cosy, comfortable and spacious. Get rid of any clutter taking up floor or wall space, leaving a few decorative features to bring the room to life.
Upon arriving at your property, interested buyers will get an excellent view of the door before anything else. Make sure that you thoroughly clean the front door and provide it with a new coat of paint if necessary to keep it in the best possible condition before a viewing. Also make sure that the door opens and closes without a problem.
Likewise, windows need to be properly cleaned and checked in case an interested buyer wants to open them. Many older properties incorporate painted windows that are locked in place, while some require keys to open. It’s important that you find a way to get these windows open as this is often an important part of the viewing process.
Keen on Top of Any Odours
Odours are more than enough to put an interested buyer off completely, so it’s vital that you identify the source of an odour and deal with as soon as possible. You can get the opinion of someone who does not visit regularly to identify any mould or mildew odours for instance. Make sure you carry out a thorough spring-style clean before any viewing.
If you have pets, you might be more used to their odours than new visitors, so it’s important that you groom your pets, keep litter trays fresh and cleaned and restrict dogs or cats from the upstairs and bathroom areas. Top off your cleaning schedule with some high quality air fresheners and vacuum a few times a week.
Get the Family Involved
It’s not always easy doing all these things yourself, so having the family join you with chores is a great way to get things done quickly and efficiently. It’s only fair for those living in the house to get involved, so designate specific rooms or jobs to your kids and your partner.
Kids should ideally be looking to keep their rooms as tidy as possible in case of an emergency property viewing, while couples should work together carrying out the more detailed jobs such as the reorganising of furniture and new paintwork. If it gets to the stage where you have to bribe your kids with treats, it’ll probably be worth it in the long run!
Go With a Professional Cleaner
Once you’ve done everything you can to get your house prepared before a viewing, you could top it all off with a visit from a specialist cleaning company. Specialist cleaners will use the latest cleaning technology to wash walls, kitchens, bathrooms and furniture, so you can be 100& certain that your home is in the very best condition prior to a viewing.
Professional cleaners give you the benefit of a spotless property throughout the sale process, so you don’t have to worry about what your house looks like before a viewing until the last minute like many other property owners.
There’s no doubt this is a lot of work and you’re going to need to spend a bit of cash here and there to ensure your home is in top condition prior to a sale. However, prospective buyers will be swarming to your door before you know it and you’ll be one step closer to selling your home at a very good price.
Written by Ross O’Reilly of Apple Clean, a UK based cleaning specialist established in 2012