The selling process can be long and frustrating. You may get a lot of viewings, but no offers. You may not even get any views at all. Whatever the case is, any homeowner can follow simple tips that will result in a quick house sale. Soon enough, everyone will be dying to get a sneak peek of what seems like the Trump Towers.
Removing personal photos, posters, and ornaments is a good place to start. Viewers want to imagine how life will be like living in their new home, not your old one. Having the hallways cleared out and simple makes it look bigger as well—throw furniture and excess items into the attic.
Make sure you do not completely empty out the house. Potential buyers shouldn’t need to try too hard to imagine living there.
New doors, new paint, and new tiles all make the house feel like it hasn’t been previously owned. Clear up the stains and spills and spray some air freshener in open spaces. Change up the color scheme of the house to something more neutral so it feels natural to potential buyers. If you cannot re-tile, then simply give the house a new look. Replace old and broken light bulbs with subtle lighting, re-paint the doors, iron and wash all the bedroom sheets, and place flowers and furniture to give a homely effect.
No one wants to come into your home and see toys, books, clothes and a bunch of irrelevant items spread around the house. Clear everything up or hire a house clearance service if the job is too big.
Probably the most important house selling tip—clean up! Seems simple, doesn’t it? A woman makes a house purchase decision 90% of the time—a girlfriend, wife, mother, sister, or whatever. And trust me, women can spot a spec of dirt miles away. The kitchen and bathroom tend to gather a lot of clutter. Organize bathroom items, put away towels, open up a new bar of soap, get rid of dishes, and clean the kitchen counter. De-cluttering and cleaning up can go hand in hand and takes little time. Just throw on some music and get into the zone and you’ll be finished before you know it.
More than half of your potential buyers will drive by without even viewing the actual inside of your home. If a house looks like a cemetery from the outside, there’s no point seeing the grave. Fix up your entrance—make potential buyers say they “have a good feeling about this” as they walk in. If your garden’s too messy, hire a garden clearance service—pull the weeds out, mow the lawn, rake out leaves, trim tree limbs, clear out gutters and put away access garden tools.
Make sure rooms are neutral and show potential size. If you have used a room as storage, well, clear it out! This is most likely more time consuming than everything else. If you have advertised your home as a three bedroom, then potential buyers want to see three bedrooms, not two rooms and another full of junk.
If time is an issue but you have the money, hire multiple estate agents to sell your house. It will usually be the estate-agents themselves who show viewers around the house, so make sure they know what to do. If you have a specific order you want to show buyers your rooms, let the estate-agents know. Communicate with agents so you know when to get your pets out of the house. Never point out problems in the first visit such as neighbours, noise, boiler trouble, etc. On the other hand, do make sure you mention the good aspects—the view, neighbourhood, etc.
About the Author
Sohaib Siddique works for AnyJunk, who provide house clearance through fantastic service and responsible disposal. Anyjunk is an easy and eco-friendly alternative to skip hire. Our crews take all types of waste, from furniture and electrical appliances to refurbishment waste and garden refuse.