When your family is growing and you’re starting to run out of space, it might be time to sell your home and move into a bigger place if your circumstances allow.
Selling your house can be tough and buyers are investing all of their money, so they’re going to be picky.
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That means you need to make sure that the house is absolutely perfect before you start showing people around. Most people get the obvious things right like decorating rooms and fixing any major problems with the house, but it’s the details that really let them down.
When buyers are viewing a property, they’ll notice every little thing and the smallest of details could put them off making an offer. If you’re thinking about selling your home, make sure that you consider these small details before you start showing people around.
The floors are often neglected when people are giving the house a makeover before selling. They’ll paint all of the walls and move furniture around to make the space look bigger, but they don’t pay attention to the flooring.
But a dirty carpet or creaking floorboards can make a room look very dull and run down and really put a buyer off. Often, people don’t realize just how dirty their carpets are because the colour changes gradually over time, but you’ll be shocked when you clean it and see what it used to look like.
You’re not going to get your carpet properly clean by just vacuuming so you need to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. Click here for more details on finding one in your area.
Because it can be quite a stressful and busy time, you may want to employ a house cleaner to come to your house for a spring clean before you start showing people through. You can also organise for them to come in weekly before your open house.
As well as cleaning the carpets and the house, you also need to deal with any edges that have started to come up from the floor or any areas where the carpet is looking a bit frayed. It’s only a small thing but it makes all the difference.
Creaky floorboards need to be sorted out as well because they’ll make the house feel a lot older and people may assume that it’s poorly maintained.
There are a lot of simple ways to deal with a creaky floorboard and most of them are very cheap. It’ll only take you 10 minutes to fix the problem but it makes a big difference.
When a buyer pulls up outside the house, they’ll start making judgments before they’re even inside. If the house looks run down from the outside, people will already have a bad impression going in and even if the inside is great, they might not have a good overall opinion about the house.
That’s why curb appeal is so important when you’re trying to sell your house. The outside windows are one of the biggest problem areas, especially if you’ve got wooden frames.
If the paint is peeling and there is some damage to the frames, it makes the house look very poorly maintained from the outside. But if you just fill those gaps in and give them a fresh coat of paint, they’ll look a lot better.
A door with a squeaky hinge is incredibly annoying, so if any of your doors are squeaking, you need to spray them with a bit of lubricant to deal with it before you show anybody around the house.
It’s also important that all of the doors open and close smoothly. If they’re sticking, it might be because the hinges are coming away at the wall slightly. Tightening them up only takes a few minutes and it should fix the problem.
If it doesn’t, the door itself might need to be taken off and sanded down so it doesn’t catch on the frame. When it does come time to start showing people around, you should keep all of the doors in the house open. This improves the flow of light through the house and creates the illusion of more open space.
Every house has those awkward spaces in them and they can put buyers off in some cases. A space under the stairs, for example, often ends up as a place for storing junk.
But if you can show how these awkward spaces can be used effectively, they’ll be a positive rather than a negative for potential buyers.
If you can turn small spaces like the gap under the stairs into a neat storage area with a few shelves, for example, you’re adding more features to the home instead of trying to cover up and hide awkward spaces that will put buyers off.
If you don’t get these small details right when you’re showing potential buyers around your home, you’ll have a hard time selling it and the majority of people will try to find any reason to put in a low offer to take money off the asking price.
Taking the time to ensure that your presentation is correct and the above points are covered, should hopefully see you receiving some good offers for you to consider.
All the best and I hope you have found this helpful.
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