So you've been thinking about selling your home and have a bit of time on your hands! Here is our top 5 tips to utilise your time and prepare your home for sale whilst in lock-down.
Tip 1: De-Clutter
Remember, first impressions count so lets get your home ready to wow potential buyers. Research shows that clutter distracts buyers from observing the full potential of a property. We regularly receive feedback from buyers to say that clutter is big concern when looking at properties as it suggests a lack of adequate storage. You should be looking to showcase every room to the maximum by clearing it of unnecessary items. Begin the boxing up process early, ready for your move; store items safely, neatly and out of sight. Don’t forget to pay attention to garages and outbuildings. Also, a self-storage facility may be an option here and don't be tempted to load it all in the garage or spare room!
Tip 2: Decorating
The holy grail of buying a home is finding a property that needs as little work as possible. Without re-decorating from top to bottom, this is an ideal time to freshen up any wear & tear marks to paintwork and glossing. If deciding to tackle an entire room's décor, opt for light and neutral colours rather than bold statement pieces. Remember to freshen up carpets where possible with a cleaning solution.
Tip 3: Gardening
Kerb appeal has a large impact on the sale of a property and many of us enjoy the lifestyle outdoor spaces can provide. The pleasant weather provides the perfect opportunity to get out into the garden. Ensure that gardens are free from rubbish, grass is kept short, paving slabs and decking are kept free of moss and weeds and potentially add a splash of colour to your garden with flower beds or freestanding plant pots.
Tip 4: DIY
Finding time to tick off those jobs from the ‘To Do’ list is always difficult, however buyers will not be looking to take over your outstanding jobs, so whilst you have a bit more time available and at home why not take advantage and work your way through some of these tasks? Key things to look out for when selling is to change any light bulbs that are not working, replace any mouldy sealant around the bath, shower and sinks, thoroughly spring clean throughout your home, paint the fence and shed if they are looking tired, etc. If you have noticed a job may need doing, then buyers will definitely pick up on it also.
Tip 5: Plan your move
It goes without saying there’s only so much you can plan without your property being on the market. To ensure your move is as smooth as possible and you are in a position to have an offer accepted when the time comes; ensure you are prepared by things like your finances. Consult a financial advisor or mortgage lender in advance to give you an idea of your budget if you require a mortgage. Research your ideal areas and look at what properties are available in your price range. Finally, if you have a property to sell speak with a local estate agent and obtain some professional advise and their experience regarding the condition and value of your home, it could save you time and money in the long run.
The Property Hive Estate Agents in Doncaster are here to help during the lock-down. Give us a buzz on 01302 247754 for some free advice on the best ways to prepare yourself and your property for sale.
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