This time of year, a lot of people are thinking about changes they can make to their lives. Maybe you’re considering trading in your car for a newer model, or you’d like another child, or maybe you’re thinking about moving house. If so, you’re probably thinking about what you might be looking for in your next home – maybe you want a double garage or a larger back yard or a playroom for your kids. But what many people don’t think about is selling their own homes. This is a process that can be lengthy and arduous, so here are some tips to help you get it done as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Declutter Your Home
Every family tends to cover all the surfaces in their home with stuff. If you want your home to look more inviting and enticing, you need to make sure that you’ve decluttered all the surfaces. You might not have time for a full scale clean-out – although check out Marie Kondo’s tips for when the time comes for you to throw more stuff out. But in the meantime, go through each room with three boxes – one for things to be put away, one for things to be put in storage, and one for things to be thrown away. Put all the storage stuff in suitcases in your attic and on top of your closet and make sure that your surfaces are shiny and clutter-free.
Add Some Decorative Touches
If your home hasn’t been updated in a while, try to add a few touches to make it look more shiny and modern. Repaint some walls that have become dingy over time, and add a couple of bright throws and cushions in your living room to make it look warm and comfortable and lived in. Shop basin taps online to update and modernise your bathroom, and add some throw pillows to your bed for a little more luxury. Put out some fresh flowers in various rooms and make sure that your blinds and curtains are open so there’s plenty of light streaming into the house. You should also make sure that you’ve cleaned up before possible buyers come round – you don’t want any layers of dust on anything or any spider webs!
Remember You’re Selling A Life As Well As A Home
Prospective buyers come to your house to look around and to wonder if they can see themselves living there and building a life there. Make sure that the life you’ve presented in your home is attractive – put out some of your favourite family photographs and remember that you don’t need to put all your kids’ toys away! It’s useful for people to see how the house can be used, so if there’s a perfect space to keep your pushchair in the hallway or you have a bright, well-used playroom, make sure that they’re obvious – you don’t need to tidy every single thing away. Make sure that your home looks well loved as well as well maintained so that possible buyers can see the happiness that they might also find in your house one day in the future.