Selling your house comes with a list of challenges. Being organised can save you from being caught up in the madness. During this time, you want to make every effort to present your home in its best light. Along with forming a strategy and marketing plan with your real estate agent, you want to start getting the house ready to sell. Clearing out rubbish and re-organizing the interior will make the entire process much easier.
1. Create a pre-sale cleaning checklist
The first step is to come up with a checklist. Organise your tasks from small to large and follow your plan to ensure an efficient and smooth process. The first step is to sort through and clean out every room in the house, one by one. Pick up some cardboard boxes and devote a set amount of time for cleaning out each room, getting rid of junk or putting things away for safe storage. Think about devoting a weekend to cleaning out a room or two, and enlist the hand of a professional residential rubbish removal service to help make the process a lot quicker and less stressful.
2. Hold a garage sale or donate unwanted items
Once you’ve sorted through the items you want to keep and those that you no longer have a use for, you will start to have a clearer vision and a more workable space to start the sorting process. If you have a lot of items in relatively good condition that you no longer want, think about holding a garage sale. It’s a great way to get rid of items quickly and to also generate interest in the house. Another option is to donate your unwanted items to a local charity store or collection bin. This is a great hassle-free way of cleaning out the house and in so doing you are giving back to the community you’ve called home for all those years.
3. Deep-cleaning your home
A good deep-clean of the home’s interior and exterior will make it inspection-ready and more appealing to the market. Yes, it can be a big task. But the result is worth it. Steam-cleaning carpets, mopping and waxing floors, vacuuming and paying special attention to the rooms potential buyers are most interested in will only increase interest in your property. A clean and well-maintained home has more chance at selling than one in disarray.
4. Repair & maintenance
This is the perfect time to catch up on all those home maintenance issues. Fixing leaking taps, replacing loose doorknobs, repairing holes in walls and general upkeep and maintenance of the home will help when it comes to sale time. Move from room to room assessing what needs to be fixed, replaced or repaired. Pay attention to broken tiles and worn grout in spaces such as the bathroom and kitchen; scrubbing out showers and bathtubs can transform a worn-out room.
It’s amazing what a new coat of paint can do to transform a house. It’s a great idea to repaint the interior of your home in preparation to sell. This will make the property look and smell brand new as well as add value to your home. First impressions matter, and a new paint job will give the house a brand-new look, especially if it hasn’t been painted in years or if the existing paint is outdated. When choosing a colour scheme, generally it’s best to stick to neutrals like whites, creams and greys. Not only do these lighter colours really help to open up a room and give the illusion of space, they also give the potential homebuyers a blank canvas.
Thinking about your home’s ‘curb appeal’ can and often does make all the difference. Curb appeal relates to the overall attractiveness of a house when viewed from the street.
Landscaping the front garden by chopping back large, overgrown plants or trees, planting coloured flowers, mowing the lawns and pressure washing the driveway will indicate to potential buyers that the house is well-maintained and worth investing in. Simply presenting your home in an inviting and welcoming way will impress any passers-by and catch the attention of those looking for property in your neighbourhood.
7. Find a good real estate agent
Selecting a professional and experienced real estate agent will be the most important investment when it’s time to sell your home. Your real estate agent will work with you to create the best advertising plan and price for your home. Real estate agents fees vary depending on the state you live in. Make sure you take time to research and compare to ensure you’re getting the right real estate agent for you and your property.
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