Selling your house to move on to the next home is an exciting time. Before you move on and sell your current home, there are some things to do. To get the most out of your house sale and make the process as seamless as possible, keep reading.
Find out you can afford to move
You might want to move because your family is growing or you want a new start. However, before you decide to put your home up for sale, you will want to make sure that you can afford to move.
To find out how much you can borrow, use MortgageCalculator.uk. There, you can get a true estimate of what house prices you should be looking at and can afford.
If your house needs a lot of work, consider a renovation
A home renovation is not a waste of time. It will boost the interest of future buyers as it will show that you have cared for your home. Plus, there will be less to do when the buyers move in, which will make the moving process more convenient for them.
Updating the larger rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom could add a lot of value to the home and boost the interest of buyers.
As well as renovating, it will help to repair anything that is broken or damaged before selling your home. Your buyers will soon notice things that are not as they should be as it might put them off of the purchase.
Things to repair and ensure are in good condition include:
- The roof
- The electrics
- Floors and walls
- Damp on the ceilings
- Light fixtures
Before moving home, it will be a good idea to declutter. Not only will this free up space and look more appealing to the buyers. But, it will also mean that you have less stuff to take with you.
Decluttering every room and cupboard will ensure that you only take what you really want and need.
Clean the windows
Dirty windows will make your home uninviting to buyers. It will also hinder its lighting, which could make the home feel smaller.
Simply maintaining the cleanliness of the windows will ensure that your home is in top condition whenever buyers want to look around.
Turn on the lights
Turning on the lights inside and outside of the home is key for evening viewers. If buyers turn up and your house is not well-lit, it might make it appear uninviting.
Lighting your front porch creates a welcoming feel. Then, turning on all of the lights inside will allow the buyers to view the space to its full potential.
Replace the bulbs
Speaking of lighting, if your bulbs have dimmed over the years, it might make your home feel smaller and darker.
Replacing the bulbs with brighter alternatives will ensure to maximise the look of the home.
Freshen up the paint
Freshening up the paintwork can make your interior look as good as new again. Painting the window seals, door frames, and walls could be all it takes to make your home feel welcoming and homely.
You should also consider freshening up the paint on the exterior too. The doors and fences should be fresh and homely to boost its curb appeal.
Boost your home’s curb appeal
On the topic of curb appeal, boosting the look of your home’s exterior is crucial to get the most interest from buyers.
The curb appeal of your home refers to what the buyers see from the outside. If your home lacks character or appeal, you might struggle to attract buyers.
Here are some tips for boosting your home’s curb appeal:
- Cut the lawn: a cut lawn shows buyers that you maintain your home. This could reflect that you care for your home and pique a buyers interest to come in and have a look.
- Update the plants: as well as the lawn, you will want your flowers to look fresh too. If your flowers have withered away, they won’t look good on your exterior. Adding colour and vibrancy to your garden will make your home more attractive.
- Add a pathway: when buyers come to look at your home, they won’t want to walk over the freshly cut grass or struggle to get to the door. Thus, adding a pathway will make your home inviting and easier to access. It is a feature future buyers might want. Thus, adding it will tick it off of their list and increase their interest.
- Use lights: lighting up your home during the evenings is great when people drive past at night. If your home isn’t lit up, then a passerby may not even recognise that your home is for sale. Lights also add security to a home and make it appear more inviting. When a house has lights on, it will likely work to deter intruders, which increases the security of the home.
- CCTV: speaking of security, it will also make your home safer if you have CCTV on the property. Showing that the home is safe will give the buyers peace of mind that they will be and feel safe when they move in.
- Stage your outdoor space: there is no harm in staging your outdoor space to attract as many people as possible. Making it looks its best when it goes on the market (even if you have neglected it when you lived there) means that buyers will see the home in its best light.
- Pressure wash: pressure washing your exterior will make it look as good as new. Whether you have stone water features, patios, or wooden structures, washing them down will make them mark free and be as appealing as possible. If your exterior appears dirty, it could put the buyer off and it may look like you lack care on the inside of the home too.
Before selling your home, there is a lot to consider. However, using this guide you can tick off everything you need to do and make the selling process as easy and seamless as possible.
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