4 Ways to Make Your Home ‘Show Ready’

Selling a home is getting increasingly difficult, especially as the market is beginning to stagnate in certain areas. However, there are certain shortcuts, hint and tips you can take to help make your house sell. Although they won’t guarantee to sell it, these four tips will help make your home ‘show ready’, giving it a great chance of selling quickly.

1)      Start Your Packing: Clutter makes your home look much smaller than it actually is, and thus prospective tenants won’t feel as though they’re getting as much room as they actually are. Due to this, start packing and shifting non-essential items as this well help your home look bright and airy.

2)      Clean, Clean, Clean: If you’ve got prospective buyers visiting then you need to ensure that it is cleaner than it has ever been. This doesn’t require a professional, just some elbow grease. Also remember that this will need doing every time someone comes for a viewing, and that you shouldn’t let your standards slip. Those smudges and smears left from breakfast and cluttered bathroom could cost you a sale.

3)      Don’t Neglect the Garden: As the cliché goes, “you only get one chance to make a first impression”. When it comes to viewing properties, first impressions matter, and it is likely that your prospective buyers will make a decision in the first minute or so. Due to this, you have to make sure that your garden is as clean and tidy as the rest of your home. On top of this, it is also worth investing in some new flowers (time of year depending). Fresh, blooming flowers will create a great impression and may tip the balance from a ‘maybe’ to a ‘yes’.

4)      Sort Your Problems, Don’t Cover Them: Covering your problems may get a buyer to put in an offer, but it is unlikely the house will get to a completed sale without them noticing due the survey revealing flaws. Here, you have two options: fix them or lower the asking price. By ignoring the problems, you’ll only ensure that they’ll be found further down the line; and a sale could be cancelled as a result.

For smaller, non-structural problems, renovating the home yourself can be simple. Give it a lick of paint to freshen it up and replace any cracked tiles to create the impression your home has been well looked after.

These four tips and tricks will help make your home ‘show ready’, and you’ll be ready to go to market. To maximise the chances of a sale, look for agents who specialise in certain areas like Featherstone Leigh do in Richmond. Specialist knowledge of the local area can make all the difference when it comes to finding the perfect buyer for you. There’s bound to be a specialist near you, so consult them, as they’re most likely to impress potential buyers and ensure your house is priced correctly for a good sale. Good luck!

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From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Vickie Bailey.

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