Getting your house sale-ready on a budget
You’ve made the decision to sell your home for whatever the reason. You’ve done your research and you know now that getting your house sale-ready can not only increase its value but also make your home appealing to more potential buyers.
Problem is you’re on a tight budget and you want to keep your costs down as much as possible. So where do you start?
Fix your kerb appeal
The first thing potential buyers will see when viewing your home is (obviously) the outside of your property. This is the important first impression that will no doubt be a factor when deciding if they wish to buy your home or not – or even to set foot over the threshold.
If you want potential buyers to pay for or around what you are asking, it is essential to paint the right picture for them to take away. Prettying your home up on the outside doesn’t have to cost the earth – a day in the garden mowing the lawn, planting a few flowers, washing your windows, and giving your house a facelift with exterior paint can change it from a tired-looking abode to a cosy and appealing home.
Complete those unfinished DIY tasks
You might want to consider polishing up the finish of your home, as this is one thing that potential buyers will be looking at when viewing your home.
Unfinished DIY, unpainted rooms and property blemishes can all have a negative effect when it comes to selling your house fast. It doesn’t have to break the bank – just a lick of paint here and a spot of DIY there can make a massive difference to your home’s finish.
If you yourself are not very good at painting and DIY work, you could think about hiring a handyman who charges by the hour and pay him to finish all the remaining work on the property. Remember, a high percentage of home buyers like to move into a property with little or no work to do!
Depersonalising and decluttering can have an amazing effect on the look of your home, and can help to sell your house fast according to Ready Steady Sell.
Removing personal tastes and items such as large furniture and photos can help to make the rooms in your home appear larger, and helps potential buyers to visualise themselves living there. It can be cost effective also; placing your personal items in storage can cost as little as £40 a month. Even better is if you can get someone you know to store your items in a garage or attic space for free.
Seal the deal on viewing day
Lastly, on viewing days there are some tricks you can use to increase the chances of selling your home.
Baking – the wonderful smell of bread, cakes or biscuits – has been proven to trigger a feeling of comfort and homeliness. Air fresheners in each room, to give a nice fragrance throughout the tour, will no doubt leave your viewers with positive thoughts when reviewing your home as a potential buy.
Letting in as much light as you can to each room can open up the space and produce more feel-good factors, while flowers in a vase here and there can conjure up a warm and welcoming environment for viewers.
Each of these ideas is inexpensive, but can make all the difference in ensuring that your home stands out to potential buyers and sells quickly. Do you have any other great tips for getting your house sale-ready? Share them with us below!