When looking to sell your house, it’s hard to know where to begin.
If you’ve been through the process before, you’re aware that delays can happen, the chain may collapse, and potential buyers may change their minds. Hell, even getting someone to view your property in the first place is excruciating.
Oddly enough, this is very common, and it happens to most who go through this process. That’s what this article is here to address.
Before putting your home on the market, there are many important steps to consider.
So, if you’re looking to get potential buyers quickly, then here are the top 5 ways to stage your home before selling up.
1. Decluttering is Essential
When pictures are taken of your home, it’s imperative that your home isn’t crowded with excess furniture, toys and the like.
If you’re planning on moving overseas, many international movers will provide storage facilities to safeguard any excess furniture off-site. This will enhance the sense of space, make the room more open, explorable and generally brighter.
A more spacious environment is far more appealing to potential homeowners, and moving the excess belongings off-site means that every room in the home will be clutter-free for viewings.
Once the large items are moved off-site, it’s time to organise the smaller, less thought about areas of the home. When someone opens up your cupboards, it’s a good idea to ensure they are organised. Hangers evenly apart; colour coordinated outfits; the lot.
While this may seem unimportant and over the top, it is just another small way to make your home more appealing to house viewers.
2. Tackle the little things
The mould around the windows; chips in the woodwork from years of stubbing your toes; that sealant which has slowly peeled off over the year.
While you may not have noticed all of this, potential homebuyers will.
These blemishes are very frequent in homes nowadays. The longer you’ve lived there, the more they’ll appear, but an important step would be to remedy these as soon as possible.
Dealing with these might require some DIY work and a trip to the local hardware store; and it’ll be worth it, as it could be the difference between selling or having a house on the market for months on end.
3. Increase your Curb Appeal
Before taking pictures to put up online, make sure your curb appeal is dealt with.
Repair any cracks in the walls, add a little bit of paint here and there; even removing any dead trees or shrubbery that you’ve overlooked for the past few years will do a world of good.
If you have a front lawn, then make sure it is well maintained and maybe plant some bright and colourful flowers that compliment your house.
Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression a potential buyer will get of your house. Let’s make it a good one.
4. Is There Enough Natural Light?
With so many houses built in close proximity to one another, not all houses will have a lot of natural light entering the home.
Fortunately, there is an easy fix to this. Adding mirrors throughout your property will mean more light bouncing around the rooms.
On top of this, it also gives a greater sense of space and depth to these darker areas of your home.
So, grab some mirrors and begin removing the darkness from your home.
5. Strong Online Presence
Before putting your house on the market, it’s important to have a plan, and this is especially important when it comes to putting your house up for sale online.
Your home needs to stand out amongst all the rest. With thousands on the market, there are many other homeowners planning on moving on a weekly basis.
Photography is the first component you should tackle after the above. Photographs must be plentiful, and they must be of a high standard as this will be the first impression for any potential buyers prior to the viewing.
Another small but powerful advertising method online? Include a floor plan. This is exceedingly important, as photos don’t allow everyone to get an idea of the layout of your home.
Providing a floorplan shows potential buyers where every room is located and how much space they will actually have in their new home. Trying to ascertain this from pictures alone is very difficult.
Ross Evans is a blogging enthusiast and lead writer for international removals firm White & Company. With a passion for writing on a wide range of subjects including travel, culture and business, his informative and creative writing style leads to an engaging read that everyone can enjoy.
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