It’s already a month into the new year and if you and your family have decided to move, now is the time to start preparing. Summer is the peak season for moving, but getting ready for a move takes time—usually around 3 months—and many tasks need to be completed before then.
One of those is selling your current house. Some properties go quickly and there’ll be a suitable offer almost as soon as the home is placed on the market. However, sometimes it can drag on for a long time, which is something that no-one really wants.
So how can you make sure that people are attracted to your house? How can you show that your home is a fantastic place to live and is deserving of the highest offer? By setting and staging your home in a way that shows it at it’s best. Here are some tips on how to sell your house.
Brighten up the space
Natural light always improves any room so you should try to let in as much sunlight as possible. If you have thick curtains, open them up or replace with thinner, lighter ones. Having curtains that block your windows will make your home seem much darker than it seems. It can even prevent visitors from enjoying the view of your garden or the surrounding area.
To help maximise the amount of sunlight in your home, hang a few mirrors in strategic spots. When the light hits these mirrors from the right angle, it’ll reflect it into the rest of the room and significantly brighten up the space. Mirrors also add the illusion of space, making the room feel bigger.
If natural light is at a premium, light up your home with lamps. Choose stylish lamps to add both extra lighting and visual appeal. Adjustable lamps work great since they can work in almost any space. Make sure that the lighting fixtures you use compliment the overall look of the room.
Add a fresh layer of paint
You’ll be amazed at what a new layer of paint can do to a room. Over time, walls will become scuffed, colours will fade, especially in areas that get a lot of use. Other causes could be poor paint quality, or an improperly-applied paint base. Solve these problems by giving the walls a fresh lick of paint.
When painting, you can go two ways: changing the colour to a more neutral colour or choosing a new, interesting tone. Now these are completely different choices but it really depends on what you’re trying to achieve.
For example, if a room is decorated in a colour that is too vivid, it might be beneficial to go for a sophisticated neutral colour that will not detract from the room too much. However, if you want to draw the eye of visitors, it might be better to go for a more dramatic shade instead. Think about how different colours affect mood and the overall look of the room.
Give your home a good cleaning
Even though most of us do a bit of cleaning in preparation for guests, usually this is not enough. Making sure that house viewers are attracted to your home requires more than just hoovering and clearing the counters. A deep clean is what is needed when you’re trying to sell.
Declutter cupboards so that the contents are neat and organised. Thoroughly scrub your appliances to make them look as good as new, or at least as much as possible. Wipe away dirt, grime, and stains from walls, backsplashes, sinks, toilets, and tubs. Hide away all your personal products, especially in the bathrooms. And make sure that everything smells pleasant—be especially aware of pet odours!
Now this might seem like a lot of work—and it is—but it will definitely be worth it in the end. Nobody wants to live in a dirty home so try to make your home look it’s very best.
Make sure the entrance looks as good as it can
The front door is one of the most important parts of your home since it is the first thing visitors see. This is why you need to make the entrance welcoming and attractive. Put a little work into the appearance of your home, especially the entrance way, and you’ll significantly boost your home’s kerb appeal. In some cases, kerb appeal can add as much as £55,000 in value.
Give a warm welcome to visitors with a clean doormat, beautiful potted plants, and new security light. If you have the space for it, add a few pieces of porch furniture or accessories.
Repair and repaint your front door if needed. Try choosing a bold, new colour to really make your home stick out. Polish or replace doorknobs and mailboxes to add an extra bit of shine to your door. For inspiration, your goal is to make your door worthy enough to appear on the feeds of one of the many door-obsessed people on Instagram!
Getting your home ready for visitors is tough. Although it takes a bit of work to get your house looking it’s best, you’ll be so glad once it’s done. If you follow these tips and take extra care in how you present your home, you’ll have buyers knocking on your door after falling in love with your house. It’ll increase your chances of getting an offer that you’ll be happy with. You can then start to get ready for the actual move and excited for the new adventure ahead.