Ask Away Blog: The Ultimate Checklist For Sellers: Tips For A Fast, Fuss-Free Home Sale

The Ultimate Checklist For Sellers: Tips For A Fast, Fuss-Free Home Sale

Monday, October 31, 2022

 
Every seller dreams of a fast, fuss-free sale. In reality, it can take months to sell a house, and there are often bumps in the road and unexpected delays. If you’re putting your property on the market, it’s wise to prepare as best you can. In this guide, we’ll provide the ultimate checklist to help you ensure that your home is ready for sale.

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Decluttering

The first task to check off your list when you are selling your home is decluttering. Clutter is a major turn-off for prospective buyers and it makes living spaces look small, cramped and unkempt. Set aside a few hours to go through each room and eliminate clutter. Tackle piles of stuff and shelves and drawers crammed full of items you don’t want or need. Have a clear-out and get rid of anything you don’t plan to take to your new home. Create separate piles of items you want to throw away, donate and sell. Make use of storage solutions to organize your belongings. You should find that decluttering makes your home look bigger, brighter and more appealing. Once your home is free from towering mounds of stuff, it will also be easier to keep it neat and tidy.

Cleaning

Before you invite real estate agents to visit your home or set up viewings, it’s essential to clean the house thoroughly. Move from top to bottom, vacuuming, mopping floors and eradicating dust and dirt. Polish surfaces, enlist the help of professional carpet cleaning companies if your floors are stained or you have pets, and ensure that every room is tidy. Clean, fresh spaces are more inviting and they also create a positive first impression. You want buyers to feel like your home is loved and cherished. Messy, dirty rooms can put buyers off and make it difficult to spot or appreciate potential even when the property crosses a lot of boxes.

DIY and repairs

Many of us have a never-ending to-do list, which involves new and half-baked DIY jobs. Life can be hectic, and often, it’s difficult to find the time to finish off jobs and tackle repairs. Before we know it, days, weeks and months have passed and there are still jobs on the list. If you’re selling your home, it’s beneficial to complete jobs before you take photographs or show buyers around the house. Hang shelves, repair damaged doors and fix up broken floor tiles or damaged carpets, for example.

Painting

Freshening up the paintwork in your home is a fantastic way to enhance its aesthetic appeal. Painting the walls is a simple, quick and inexpensive way to create bright, clean, attractive rooms. It’s an excellent idea to use neutral tones if you’re selling your house, as they tend to appeal to most buyers. Light colors make small rooms look larger and brighter. If you want to inject brighter colors to add personality, you can use accessories, such as vases and plant pots, throws and cushions, rugs and wall art. Before you paint your walls, sand and wipe the surface and apply a coat of primer if you’re covering a dark color. You may need two or three coats of paint. Wait for the first layer to dry before you apply the second.

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Curb appeal

Almost 70% of members of the National Association of Realtors rate curb appeal as a ‘very important’ factor for buyers. Some buyers won’t even set foot in a house if they don’t like the exterior, and for others, it can make a difference when choosing one home over another. It may not be possible to overhaul the look of the house, but there are some very simple steps you can take to boost curb appeal.

If your home is painted, start by applying a fresh coat of paint to the exterior. Repair damaged siding, clear the driveway, remove debris and trash and spruce up the front door and porch. Paint the door, use accessories such as a name or number plaque and a new knocker to make it look more attractive, and hang plants or flowers. You can also use planters to add greenery and color. Examples include window boxes, hanging baskets, potted trees and containers such as baskets, tubs and pots. Clean patios and paving and mow the grass if you have a lawn at the front or side of the house.

Staging

Staging is designed to showcase properties in all their glory and encourage prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in the house or apartment. If you’re planning to sell, you can stage your own home or leave it to your real estate agent. When you stage a property, it’s essential to consider the target buyer. Think about who is going to buy your house and what they are looking for. If you’re selling an urban apartment and searching for young professionals, for example, the staging should look very different from a suburban family home. Show off the main selling points and create a narrative. Show the buyer what they could enjoy if they were to buy the property.

It’s beneficial to stage the home before you organize viewings or take photographs for a brochure or online listing.

High-quality photographs

Many of us browse online listings and galleries before we arrange a viewing or attend an open house event. We are heavily influenced by photographs and images. As a seller, it’s crucial to ensure that your home looks enticing on websites and listings. Choose high-quality images, which show the property in its best light and provide a wide range of photographs and detailed descriptions.

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If you’re selling your home, you are probably dreaming of a fast, fuss-free sale. To improve your chances of getting an offer quickly, it’s wise to prepare in advance. Declutter, have a clear-out and clean and tidy your home. Enhance curb appeal, finish off DIY jobs and repairs and freshen up the paintwork. Stage your home or let your real estate agent complete staging before you take photographs, and use beautiful, high-quality images to attract buyers. Always bear your target market in mind when staging and preparing your home for sale.



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