For this week’s Tuesday Tips, leading moving and storage company Pickfords offers some great advice on de-cluttering your property ahead of viewings to add value and begin preparing for your eventual move.
When selling your home, there are lots of things to think about, and for some people, sprucing up the home you’re planning to vacate may feature low on the list of priorities. However, if you’re looking to sell, you must take steps to ensure that your home is in the best state possible for a potential buyer to be interested in it. This isn’t just about keeping your house neat and tidy, it’s about presenting your belongings in a way that will help buyers envision themselves inside your home. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks that will serve you well in showcasing your home to prospective buyers, and you will find that some of them are simpler than you may have thought.
Thoroughly clean your home
While your house is probably already kept very clean and tidy, the standard for a house showing is so much higher. When a prospective buyer visits your home, they will be on the lookout for every flaw imaginable, whether it be structural or aesthetic. You cannot afford to give the buyer a reason to dislike the house, so make sure your walls are painted smoothly, your windows are pristine, and surfaces are polished, gleaming and clean enough to eat your dinner off. Check out GSPC’s spring cleaning tips to get your house looking spotless before you move on to the next tips.
Declutter, not obliterate
Decluttering your home is one of the most beneficial things you can do in order to sell it. Getting rid of, or placing in storage, large items such as unused furniture, cupboards, and units will help create the illusion of big, open spaces in your house. Prospective buyers are always looking for lots of space in their new home, so you should make an effort to clear rooms as much as you can, apart from the vital components; remove items that you are fond of but are not essential for living in your home.
You must be careful, however, not to completely erase any trace of you from your home. While prospective buyers do enjoy looking at a blank slate, seeing personal effects such as family photos or books resting on coffee tables and mantelpieces will help them to imagine themselves and their own family inside your home. Try to strike a balance where the room is not heavily influenced by your presence and design taste, but has enough traces of you in it to still seem personal and warm.
Colour and lighting
While we have already explained the benefit of open spaces in selling your home, having those open spaces filled with colour and brightened with light will be even more beneficial. If you are blessed with plenty of natural light flowing into your home — show it off! Draw your curtains and blinds as far as you can to illuminate your room. If you do not get much sunlight, make use of spotlights or bright lamps to revitalise the space. Remember that any lighting you buy can be taken with you to your new property once your home is sold, so look at this as an investment rather than an additional expense.
Following these simple but effective tips will give you the best possible chance of selling your home quickly.