First things first, give your house a good clean. Clear the cobwebs, clean the skirting boards and wash the floors. Pay attention to kitchens and bathrooms as these spaces often sell houses. Windows allow natural light into the house so clean these inside and out. Remember people will open cupboards and drawers so don’t forget to give them a spruce up as well.
Give the outside a good tidy up as well, it can really change how the property is presented. Remove any rubbish lying around and trim back overgrown plants (especially if they are growing over windows). Mow the lawn and spray any weeds growing through cobbled areas and driveways.
It is important to de-clutter your home. Houses are often over furnished, making spaces look smaller. Get rid of anything unnecessary, including personal items such as photo frames. You want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in the property, so the less personalisation the better. Consider hiring a storage unit or container to store items while marketing your property.
Hire a real estate agent
Consider using a real estate agent to sell your home. They are the experts after all! Ask friends and family for references and don’t be afraid to meet a few agents before settling on the person that is right for you. Real estate agents will often offer free market appraisals and help you establish a realistic price you can expect for your home, and they know all the right angles for the perfect photographs to add to your listing.
While your house is on the market
It is important that you allow good access to potential buyers. Ensure that agents can show people through your home at short notice, as if you are too restrictive with viewings it may put off potential buyers.
Prepare for open homes – put your property’s best foot forward. Ensure your home is clean, sufficiently heated and well lit, but don’t overdo it as buyers aren’t silly. Consider temporarily rehoming your pets while your house is on the market. Not everybody is as fond of your furry friends as you are, and they may in fact be allergic.
After selling your house
Sign on the dotted line
Once the deal is signed it is time to get ready for moving day. Your lawyer will have taken care of most of the paperwork but it up to you to notify electricity and phone companies, change over the Internet and start packing.
Call in some muscle power
Selling your home can be a stressful time, so it pays to leave all the heavy lifting and hard work to the professionals. That way, you can spend more time making your new house really feel like home. When selecting a removalist company, be sure to do your due diligence and select a team with a proven track record and ensure they have appropriate accreditation. John Ryan Removals provide a full suite of services for commercial and residential relocations. Contact our team to discuss your removal and storage options or request a free quote.