Preparing your home for sale

When it comes to moving home, you are probably more focused on what you want from your new house rather than thinking about the sale of your old house. But it is important to make sure that your old house is shown in its best light to get a good sale. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you prepare beforehand.

1. Clean everything, and then clean it again

This is one of the best things you can do to prepare. You want to clean everything. The tops of all those cabinets, pull out the sofa, everything. If you have already moved out, then obviously this is going to be much easier, but if you haven’t then you might want to consider hiring a professional cleaner.

2. Consider how your place smells

You want to be careful of what smells are lingering in your home. If it is morning, whilst you might like the smell of fried bacon, it will give your home an air of ‘fast food cafe’. One trick to make your place seem welcoming is to put a little polish onto your radiators. It will give your home a welcoming and cared for scent. You may also want to grab a few scented candles – just be sure not to mix smells and not to overwhelm them too much!

3. Declutter

This is obviously very important. You want to be showing off your space, not all the possessions you have in it. Consider boxing things up early and moving them out to a safe space- relocate them to a friends house or even consider hiring some temporary storage. This will give your home an airier and more open feel.

4. Tone down the decor

You want your buyers to be able to see themselves in your property. So, while it may speak to your personality, you might want to consider redecorating and neutralising the décor as much as possible. Make it neutral and then your buyers will be able to imagine what they can do with the space.

5. Let the outside in

You want to let as much light as possible into your home, so open up all the windows, pin back curtains, and show it off. You might also want to consider putting some potted plants around, or put down some vases of flowers, and this will add to the freshness of your property.

6. Organise your wardrobes

Make sure all of your storage spaces are well organised. Storage space is a key selling point of your property and you want to make sure it is shown off at its best. So, get organised, make sure all of your clothes are hung properly, and that everything is folded and neat. Also, make sure that you remove any oversized furniture. You want everything to appear in its place.

7. Turn your bathroom into a spa

Make sure that your bathroom is looking like a calm and relaxing place. Stack some pretty, co-ordinated towels around. Add some scented candles, and maybe a small plant pot or two. Make sure you have co-ordinated bath mats and towels to give it less of a mismatched feel and put the toilet seat down. This can make a huge difference.