Last updated: March 29, 2022
Selling your home can be a fun process, as you get to move to somewhere new, but it does come with some challenges. No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, there may come a point where you’re ready for something new. There are many reasons why thousands of homeowners move house each year. Whether it’s because they’ve fallen in love with a new destination, or be closer to new career opportunities, if you’re toying with the idea of selling up, here are some crucial steps to take before putting your home on the property market.
Look Into Selling Options
If the time has come to sell your home, you may not be aware of the types of selling options available to you. While the conventional route is to hire an estate agent to manage affairs, you can also check out FastBuy who specialise in buying properties quickly, regardless of the condition. Every homeowner has different ideas and circumstances, so whatever choice you make, ensure you’ve taken your time to come to your decision.
Establish Your Asking Price
Before you can think of selling your property, you’ll need to have a rough estimate of how much it’s worth. The asking price you set can be the difference between making a profit and losing money. To begin with, you should look at similar properties in your area to check what they’ve been sold for. Having a good understanding of the current property market can help too. Of course, no one expects you to be an expert in this field, so you’ll need to contact a surveyor who can visit your property and carry out a valuation.
Make Home Improvements
If you’ve had your home valued and you aren’t too happy with the asking price set, it may be time to undertake some home improvement projects. Tasks like refurbishing your kitchen, painting your walls, and installing new carpet can all increase the value of your property. You don’t need to have a mountain of cash to make significant improvements either. If you’re on a shoestring budget, a fresh coat of paint can transform your home. For those who have money to shell out, converting your loft, adding a new bathroom or bedroom, and installing energy-efficient windows can drive the asking price up and speed up the sale.
Tackle the Garden
Instead of putting all your focus on your home’s interior, make sure you pay attention to your garden too before selling. When homebuyers rock up to your abode, their eyes will be drawn to your outdoor space. This means you need to get your garden in order before viewings take place. There are lots of simple ways to transform your garden, such as maintaining your lawn, adding outdoor furniture, and creating storage space. To save the future owner from tackling the lawn, you may want to consider laying artificial grass as it’s not susceptible to drought or flooding.
Before viewers ring the doorbell, you need to make sure your home is clean, tidy, and spacious. Once you’ve finished making home improvements, you may be left with tons of clutter that looks unsightly. Whether it’s your living room, bedroom, or loft, decluttering can not only open your space and make your home more inviting, getting rid of junk can lower stress levels and mean there’s less time cleaning! Depending on how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, the decluttering process may not be straightforward, and you may find it hard to say goodbye to some items. However, as you start to sort out each room, you should begin to reap the benefits and be ready and raring to go to welcome homebuyers in.
For buyers to fall in love with your home from the get-go, you’ll need to depersonalise. If they can imagine themselves living in your property, this will see your ‘house’ as their ‘home’. This means you should get rid of any family photographs and portraits on the walls. Anything you deem personal should be hidden away for viewings. These can also include trophies and certificates, holiday souvenirs, and collectible items.
Hire a Professional Photographer
While you may think your iPhone or Android device is suitable for taking photos of your home, it’s always best to leave the job up to a professional. Whatever option you pick to sell your home, you need to have photos that make your property stand out (for all the right reasons!). If you haven’t got a steady hand, any photos you take may come out blurry and not paint your home in the best light. Hiring a professional photographer that has extensive experience in taking photos for all sorts of clients and using expensive equipment will bring your home to life.
Once you decide it’s time to sell up and move on, taking the steps above can boost your property’s resale value, catch the eye of buyers, and speed up the selling process.
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