Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ensuring a slick sale of your home

If you want a slick and quick sale of your home, at the best possible price, there are a few simple steps to achieving this. Being professional, proactive and business-like is vital. Forward planning with care and attention will help too. A successful sale is not based on luck.

Below, you'll find a quick and handy guide to giving your home the best possible chance of selling, and fast. Firstly, put aside any emotional attachment you may have. This is a house, and you're trying to sell it. It's a product, just like in the supermarket, corner shop or department store. Try to look ahead, and set this pile of bricks and mortar free. Soon you'll be in a brand new home.

Think about the day that you'll hand over the keys to this house; it will be here soon! Say goodbye to each room as you know it, and think about your new home.
The "Painted Ladies"
image credit: NaturaLite's

Make your house a blank canvas. Pack away your personal belongings, make the walls bare. This way, you'll allow buyers the freedom to imagine this house as their home; their possessions, heirlooms and other personal items in place. They can't do this if your things are in the way.

Most of us accumulate things unnecessarily over the years. Do you really need everything? If you've not used something for over a year, you probably don't need it. Give it away to a friend or family member, even the local charity shop. Pack up your books, and send to storage any other non-essential items. For those items you use every day, have a box to put them in, and keep this hidden away when not in use. This will also be motivation to get cracking with your packing!

People are instinctively nosey. Your buyers are bound to be curious, and look in wardrobes and cupboards. Do your best to de-clutter. It will give a really positive impression of the care and attention you pay to the house. Neatly stack the pots and pans, pair your shoes up, and tidy the food cupboards. This will of course give a good impression, and only takes a few minutes of your time.

You should also remove unnecessary furniture from every room. If your house is covered in bulky, space-consuming items, it won't look its best. Store away those bookcases that you've emptied. This will help your rooms look bigger and better. Allow your buyers enough space to look around, but at the same time making sure each room's function is obvious.

For those little repairs that need doing, just get them done! Fix any jammed drawers, patch up any obvious holes in the walls or ceilings. This will ensure your house looks loved and cared for, which is obviously encouraging to buyers. Paint the walls and ceilings neutral colours, such as cream or white. You don't want buyers remembering your house because of its pink kitchen!