If you want to move home, you’re going to be excited about the idea. Looking at potential new properties, thinking of all the plans you can make, getting ready for the big day… it can all finally come together. Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing or you’re moving somewhere entirely new, once the idea is in your mind, you’re going to want to get started before selling your property.
This can be a mistake, however. Rushing to put your home on the market might not work in your favour. It could even reduce your chances of selling. This is because you only have one chance to make an excellent first impression, and if you rush and your house isn’t really ready to sell, the impression you give through the description and photos is not going to be a good one.
It is better to put everything right that needs to be put right before you put your property on the market. Not only will people be more inclined to come and see it, but you might even be able to ask more for it. So here are some of the most important things to check out and put right if need be.
The structure of a property is a big thing to consider. It’s what holds it all together, so it’s crucial that it’s in good condition. If any structural elements need to be put in place or fixed, these are jobs that certainly must be done before anyone would think about selling the property (and before anyone would think about buying it).
This can seem like a lot of work, but if you want to sell quickly and for a reasonable price, the structure needs to be put right. The more you do before a sale, the less a buyer will need to do afterwards, and this is something that will work in your favour.
When it comes to the structure of your home, you will need to look at:
It may be that nothing needs to be done, but it’s always wise to check.
Something that many sellers can forget about when they put their property up for sale is the garden. They are so concerned with making the actual house look great they forget there is practically another room to care for, albeit one that’s outside. Yet having a great looking yard might be the one thing that sways a buyer to your side rather than another similar house with a less tidy garden.
You don’t have to do a lot to make your yard look good to a buyer. If you have a lawn, have it professionally cared for by The Grass People, so it looks its best. Make sure the paths and patio areas are clean; you can jet wash them for extra sparkle. The next job is weeding. Once everything is neat and tidy, add some chairs and a table to show viewers how they could enjoy the yard if they bought the house. These items can be borrowed from friends or neighbours if need be, as it’s all part of the set dressing.
On the subject of yards, if you have a front yard or a driveway, these should be tidied too in much the same way as the backyard would be. Clear paths, cut back overhanging trees and bushes and keep things neat and tidy and you’ll give a much better impression of the property as a whole.
What small jobs still need to be done around the house that you haven’t managed to get to yet? When you stop to make a list of them, there might be more than you thought. This is because, over time, we all get used to how we live, so a dripping tap or a loose light fitting may not even register anymore.
The small jobs that need doing will register with anyone new who comes to the house, though. This includes potential buyers who will spot the problems and will therefore have a negative idea of the property. It might just be one peeling strip of wallpaper or a squeaky floorboard or a missing socket to you, but to them, it represents yet another job they’ll need to do after moving in (added to an already very long list), and they might even wonder if it is just part of a larger problem. What other issues might be hiding in a house whose owner isn’t bothered about fixing little things?
We’re not saying this is the case, of course, but it is how it might come across, and so making these repairs is undoubtedly worthwhile.