How to Prepare Your Home for a Sale

Contributed post by Samantha Garbett

When the time comes for you to move house, selling your old place is the first challenge that you need to overcome.

It’s important that you make a quick sale possible because no one wants this sale to drag out any longer than it really needs to. That makes the preparation part of the process so important; the changes you make now will decide the speed of the sale.

There are lots of changes you can make that’ll make your home more appealing to people looking to potentially buy it. It doesn’t have to take long to implement some of these change, so read on now to learn more about them and how to implement them properly and swiftly before you start trying to sell your home.

Clean Up the Outside of the House

First of all, you should look at the outside of the building and see where improvements can be made.

The exterior matters because this is the first thing that people will see when they look at pictures of the home and when they arrive for the first time to look around it. If they already don’t like what they see before they’ve entered the home, you’re going to struggle to sell to them.

So fix things up and clean up the exterior first of all.

Tidy Up the Garden

While we’re focusing on the outside of the property, you should also make sure you tidy up the garden at the front and back a little too.

This is part of the package that you’re trying to sell, so it doesn’t make any sense to ignore it, especially if it’s pretty messy and has been ignored for a while. It adds to the visual appeal of the home and simply makes it feel more pleasant if the garden is nicely looked after and presentable.

Try to Make Things More Neutral

Adding some neutrality to the home is a must when you’re trying to sell it because you don’t want the place to be so specific to you that you end up overwhelming it with your personality and tastes.

If it’s neutral, you will find it much easier to show people what they can do to the place.

They’ll be able to project their own ideas, preferences and future changes onto it much more easily than would otherwise be possible.

Place Emphasis on the Space

It’s the size of the rooms and the amount of space on offer that matters most to people buying a home.

They want to know that the home is going to offer them the space they need, so this is something that you’re going to want to emphasize as much as possible as you get the home ready for a sale.

Open up the spaces and don’t fill it all with large items that make it feel smaller than it is. Letting the natural light in is a good idea too.

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Clean the Carpets

The carpets will look so much nicer and more presentable if you use a cleaning carpets service.

It’s important to consider this because dirty carpets never create the right impression. You should try to make sure that you keep every aspect of the home as clean as it can be. But cleaning things like the carpets and the sofa can have the biggest impact of all.

Deal with Pet Smells and Hairs

We all know you love your pets, but not everyone will feel the same way. You should deal with pet hair and any smells lingering in the home from your pets. You should also make sure that your pets are not present when you’re showing people around because this really can put some people off the home.

Put Clutter in Storage

If you have clutter that’s been taking over the home and making it feel smaller than it is, you probably need to do something with that.

Putting it in a storage unit and making sure that you don’t end up putting people off the home because of your own business clutter is a must. No one wants to see all your clutter when browsing a home they might want to buy.

The sale of your home will go a lot more smoothly for you if you get all of the things mentioned here right. Don’t hesitate to make these simple changes and upgrades because they really could be the difference between a quick sale and your home sitting on the market for a long time.


Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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