When it’s time to sell your property it pays to look at your own house with a very discerning eye. The small faults that you may have walked past 100 times can be disconcerting for a potential buyer. The key is to start from the top, work down and take a good hard look at your home with the view of a buyer in mind. Here are five key areas to assess when putting your property on the market.
Eye’s Up, Folks
Nothing says a house is unloved quite like a shabby exterior. So start from the top and work your way down. How’s your roof looking? Does it need a recoat, guttering replaced or tiling tended to? Fixing a roof will often seem daunting and expensive to a buyer. It also makes people wonder what nasty surprises may lurk beneath it, so consider getting in some roofing experts such as Roofmasters to rejuvenate your roof quickly and in a cost-effective manner.
There’s no excuse for chipped paint on exterior walls, doors or window frames. If your paint has seen better days or better colours, consider a professional repaint. However, often you can get by with a touch-up to tidy up walls and trims. This particularly applies to exterior doors – a new coat of stain or fresh colour on your front door provides a wonderful welcome to any potential buyer.
No one demands you be a natural green thumb but do ensure your garden is at its best. That means removing all weeds, trimming the lawns and cutting back overgrown trees. Remember if you have tree branches touching your house, it’s a path for termites that will be flagged during any potential buyer’s pest inspection. Should your lawn look patchy, throw down some grass seed and get that bald spot growing again. Mulch on gardens also makes the world of difference to how a property presents, so grab a trailer and pick up some woodchip. It’s an amazing effect for a minimal price.
A fresh coat of paint inside gives your property a new lease on life. Go for neutral colours that allow the potential buyer to imagine their furniture or personal touches in the home. Painting is a true DIY job that can be done quickly and effectively. Fresh paint may even allow buyers to forgive that retro 1970s kitchen.
In the interests of allowing others to imagine themselves living at the house and to provide a feeling of greater space, you should make the effort to de-clutter. Put away the trinkets, endless photo frames and children’s toys. You may even consider popping some items into storage while the property is on the market. Any house for sale should always appear clean, crisp and free of extraneous living items, so really pare back on your items around the home.
Once you’ve made the decision to sell, allow yourself the time to get your property up to scratch. Time spent now on clearing up, cleaning up and touching up will be time well spent when it comes to a sale and buyer interest.