Tips for preparing your home to make it market ready.
Why bother? Because when presented with a clean and tidy home, viewers feel comfortable and tend to spend longer assessing a property. Generally speaking, viewers are uncomfortable when they view a messy home and often don’t see beyond the mess. They also tend to feel that if it hasn’t been looked after on the surface it will be even worse once you start delving. You don’t have to spend lots of money, just a little time to get your home ready and looking it’s best.
My top tips…..
- Tidy up and spring clean
- Always get rid of the washing up and dirty washing before each viewing
- Bung everything in a cupboard – show as much floor and surface space as you can
- De-mould the shower and bathroom – use special grouting whiteners if possible
- Remember to clean the woodwork – skirting boards, light switches
- Close the toilet lid – trust me!
- Draw all your curtains back to maximise the light
- Check light bulbs are all working
- Dress your property with special touches like fresh flowers, fruit, plumped cushions etc
- Empty waste bins, cat litter trays and get rid of anything smelly
First impressions really do count and often we forget that means kerb appeal. Stand opposite your house and look, look hard and assess the first impressions. Perhaps the external woodwork needs painting, gutters are dripping, Pvc windows need cleaning, garden needs tidying or cutting back, is the gate hanging off it’s hinges, do you need to sweep a path, is your recycling bin overflowing and looking messy? It’s amazing what a difference it can make, paying attention to these external issues.