The majority of us tend to live in the same property for years on end. This is entirely understandable. When we are house hunting, we search relentlessly for something that will meet all of our needs and preferences. We work to alter our properties slightly if they don’t exactly match what we were originally looking for. We paint the walls, redecorate the exteriors and make all sorts of subtle changes – from rugs and cushions to pictures on the walls – to add our own, personal stamp to things. Then we get settled.
We may avoid moving to avoid disrupting children or pets. We grow to become familiar and comfortable in the local area. Also, we know that moving will be a lot of work and effort and tend to put it off. However, eventually, many of us will move and look for something else. Perhaps we’re having more children or pets and need more space. Maybe our kids have grown up and moved out and we can downsize. You might find that you are offered work somewhere else and want to move closer to it.
Maybe you spot your dream property for sale and are willing to sell your own to buy it. Whatever your reason for moving, it’s important to remember that the process of selling your house in order to move isn’t as simple as simply placing it on the market. You’re going to have to do some work on the space to maximise profits in the sales process. Here’s some advice to help you with this.
First, you need to deep clean. Over time, we tend to get used to certain mess in our homes. But when others view your property, you need it to be in its best condition. This means sparkling clean. Start by decluttering. Get rid of any belongings you no longer want or need. Sell them, donate them to charity and recycle them where possible. Then, call in professional cleaners or dedicate time to really cleaning your home from top to bottom.
Redecorating can make a big difference too. You’d be surprised what a fresh lick of paint can do for a property’s appearance! Keep colour schemes neutral to attract as many potential buyers as possible.
Now, some people steer clear of renovation work to avoid the costs. But renovations are what can most significantly increase a property’s value, paying for themselves and leaving you with a nice extra profit. Some popular renovations tend to include extensions, skylights, a side return extension, loft conversions, basement conversions, installations of an en suite and much more.
Style your property well for an estate agent’s pictures. Remove anything too unique or quirky from your property while pictures are being taken. This can maximise the appeal of your home to potential buyers.
These steps are simple to implement and, once complete, can really help to get your property ready for sale. Hopefully, at least one or two will prove useful for you!