How to Prepare Your House for Sale

10 Jul 2018
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A quick sale and nice returns is the best case scenario every seller is usually hoping for but things don’t always go according to plan in the real estate market. There are certain little aspects that make really big differences and to ensure potential buyers won’t have any second thoughts on buying your house, here are a few tips to help you out.

1) Cut ties with your home

Well, you can’t sell something you aren’t entirely sure you want to sell in the first place, so the first step is taking some time to affirm whether it’s what you really want. Once you have reached the conclusion that it’s time for a change, then the next step is letting go. Understandably, this is easier said than done however it is necessary that you dissociate from the place you called home for many years and think of the structure as nothing more than a product you aim to sell.

Do whatever you must, be it saying goodbye to all rooms one at a time, but make sure to get into that frame of mind where you are absolutely sure of your decision. You could even imagine yourself handing over essential documents and keys just to see how it makes you feel. If you aren’t ready to sell your house, you can be your own worst enemy.

2) Get rid of personal items

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Family heirlooms, photos and other personal effects tend to put off buyers so be sure to keep those packed away somewhere and this also applies to the big stuff like furniture. Also, kitchen counters, bookshelves and whatnot shouldn’t have anything on them. In a nutshell, just ensure the house is like an empty so that buyers can envision building castles about how they’d want their new home to look which bodes well for you.

You can put all your stuff in a storage unit until you move to your new home.

3) Make necessary repairs

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Before you make any repairs though, be sure to remove prized accessories such as chandeliers, window coverings or fixtures so that you don’t end up dangling a carrot the buyer can’t have which could potentially ruin the deal. Also, call in a professional to cover up damages such as holes in walls, leaky doors or faucets, jammed drawers and cracked tiles or floors. A good painting should also aid your cause but stick to neutral colors that are appealing to all.

4) The house needs to be spotless

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Repairs aren’t enough as apart from having everything in working order, you also need the entire house to sparkle and be in good aesthetic order. Be really through with bathrooms, kitchens and basically all other rooms of the house as the cleanliness of the interior could instantly make or break a deal. This also extends to the house’s exterior as it’s the first thing your buyer will see so you need to make a good impression.

5) Double check steps 1 through 4

The final step is to put yourself in the shoes of the buyer and imagine that you are the one purchasing the property. Imagine it’s not your house and that it’s a new model being shown to you by an agent. So would you buy it? Is it good enough to picture yourself spending years in it? If the answers to those questions are yes, then you are now ready to sell.

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