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Selling your house: How to prepare for putting your home on the market

by John Saunders
14th Apr 21 5:23 pm

If you’re thinking about selling your house, then your goal is probably to make a sale as soon as possible. The last thing you want is your house sitting on the market for years, and when you’re competing in such a saturated market, you want to make sure that you’re doing all that you can to make your house stand out for all the right reasons.

Luckily, there’s some things you can do to make your house more appealing to potential buyers- and as a bonus, most of them won’t cost much. Here are the best ways to prepare for putting your house on the market:

1. Clean and declutter

When people are looking around your house, it’s important for them to see it in the best light possible. If your rooms are full of clutter that you can’t fit into storage, then how is anyone expected to be able to see the true potential of your house?

Ideally, you want your home to look like a show home, almost as if it isn’t lived in. Keep your tabletops bare and your floors free from items. Before a viewing, make sure that everything is tidied away- and if you don’t have the room in your current storage areas, then it may be worth investing in some plastic storage boxes to keep everything contained.

2. Test your electrics

It’s not just the appearance of your house that’s important. Potential buyers will also want to make sure that they’re moving into a home that’s safe and secure- and you could argue that safety is more important than anything else.

Before listing your house on the market, why not treat your house to a Electrical Installation Condition Report? Companies like Electrical Safety Certificate will be happy to give your property an EICR Report to confirm that all your appliances are safe.

The assessment is carried out by a trained electrician who will determine the quality of your electrical installations and provide you with an EICR Certificate, so you will be able to reassure buyers that your house is safe to move into.

3. Depersonalise

It may feel strange to depersonalise a house that you might have lived in for years- especially if you’ve worked hard to get it how you like it- but you have to remember that not everybody has the same tastes. What you like isn’t necessarily what others like, and most people like want house to start as a blank canvas that they can put their own touch onto.

Simply by painting all your walls white, you’re likely to improve your chances of securing a sale. You should also remove any family photos from around your house, since this can prevent people from really being able to imagine the house as theirs.

4. Consider remodelling your kitchen

A kitchen is the one room that can make or break your journey on the property market. A modern, high-quality kitchen will not only generate more interest, but it will also add value to your house as well. If you don’t have the money to completely remodel, paining the cupboards or replacing the worksurfaces is good enough.

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