When you have a family, your perspective on life will change, and that could include your home. Maybe it’s just not large enough anymore, or you want to live closer to family members or good schools. Perhaps it’s time to move out of the city and into the country because you feel it’s better for your children. Whatever the reason, if you decide to sell your home, you need to think carefully about presenting it. The better your property looks, the faster it will sell, and often for more money.
To ensure that your home looks its best, you need to put yourself in a buyer’s mind – you need to be much more objective. In this way, you can make the changes and improvements you need to help you sell your home and move on. Read on to find out what buyers might be seeing when they come to view your home and how you can help them feel positive about it. It’s essential to follow the tips and tricks highlighted in this article as it not only might help you achieve a quicker sale but a higher value!, according to cash house buyers, The Property Buying Company.
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Is It Clean?
Is your home clean? At first, you might automatically say yes to this question. Of course, your house is clean. However, what you consider to be clean and what someone else thinks is clean are two different stories in some cases. Not only that, but when you’re selling your home, it’s best not just to clean the obvious places but really carry out a deep clean, ensuring that every nook and cranny is scrubbed.
This is not what most people consider to be fun, and it takes a lot of time. It would be a wise investment to hire a professional team of cleaners to clean everything from top to bottom before you even have your property photos taken for the listing. After that, make sure you keep on top of regular cleaning to maintain the fresh feeling. This will immediately make buyers think more positively when they step inside your home.
Maybe it’s your windows that will let your property down. Although on the first viewing, people will think with their hearts and solely focus on the look and feel of the property, if they are interested in buying the place, they will usually –, and it is recommended – do plenty of research. They will come back for a second viewing. They will want to think about the energy bills and what they will need to pay for on top of the mortgage they are taking on.
This is where the windows can be problematic. If they are old, they will be bad for the energy consumption within the house, letting in too much cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer. The house will be difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in. If you replace the windows so that they are much more energy-efficient, the buyer will know their energy bills won’t be too high. Plus, you can create a great modern new look for the property, enticing even more potential buyers to have a look.
Essentially, by taking away the expense that a buyer would otherwise have to pay for, they will see your property as a good deal, so you might even want to install ceiling fans too. Ceiling fans look stylish, but they also help to keep a property cool, and since you can buy them in different styles, including ceiling fans for farmhouse style properties and ultra-modern-looking ones, you’ll certainly find something that works.
When you live with an odor for a while, you get used to it, and eventually, it will no longer bother you. However, when a newcomer walks into your home, they will immediately smell the scent. This is not a problem if it’s a pleasant one, such as flowers or brewing coffee or freshly made bread. Still, if it’s unpleasant, it will make people worry about buying the property – this is especially true if they can’t work out where the smell is coming from or even what it is. They might worry that it’s a much bigger and potentially more expensive problem that they really don’t want the hassle of.
Is there an easy fix to this problem? It will depend on what the smell is. If it’s your garbage bin or a cat’s litter tray, these can be dealt with quickly. If it’s your drains or a smell coming from your fridge or something a little more in-depth, you may need to have experts in to check things over. Again, if you can fix the issue, it will help to sell your home.
Bad lighting probably doesn’t sound like much of an issue, but it can be, and it can be such a problem that it stops your property from selling. The main problem is that it can make your home appear confused and difficult to live in apart from being hard on your eyes. It might even seem as though you’re trying to hide something, especially when installing better lighting isn’t such an arduous task, especially when electrical professionals are involved.
A dark home can look cozy, but most homes will look dingy instead, and why would anyone buy a dark and dingy home when they can buy a lovely light, bright one instead? Most wouldn’t, and by changing things to brighten up your home both in terms of your lighting and the décor, you can considerably speed up the sales process.
Anyone who envisions themselves living on your property will want to know they will be safe there. Spotting any potential security problems such as no outside lighting, old windows, a weak front door, locks that don’t work as they should, and so on won’t bode well for any offers that might come your way.
The last thing anyone wants is to move into a new home and find they are burgled right away – or even in the future. This will tarnish the entire property and will often make people regret their decision. It’s unpleasant, uncomfortable, expensive, and frightening, and buying a house with security issues isn’t going to be at the top of anyone’s list of priorities. Fixing these problems and securing the property won’t just help with the sale either; it will keep you safe.
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