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How To Prepare Yourself and your House for Sale in 2020

When it’s time to move, it’s time to move. For many of us, even thinking about hauling all of your stuff to a different location can be a real headache, and that is without even thinking about searching for a new place to live and getting settled.

Selling your home is a big decision and is one that comes with a lot of strategic planning in order to get it done with minimal stress

 

Here are some of the things you should focus on when trying to sell your home. 

 

Here are some of the things, both emotional and physical that will help you to get your house sold, and your life moving forward. 

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Let Go

 

You’ll have your reasons for wanting to move, but that doesn’t make letting go any easier. 

When it comes to selling your home, you must sell it for what it is, it’s physical features and the potential it has to be a future home for others, rather than simply holding onto the associations you hold onto. 

 

Start by removing personal photographs, kids paintings and awards. As proud as you are of your child’s painting of a tree they made at kindergarten, a buyer might have a hard time seeing past these personal features. 

 

Utilize a local storage facility to store excess furniture. Even if the old dresser given to you by your great aunt means the world to you– if there’s no logical serving for it to be in your home at the time of sale- store it away.  Yes, you may love your home furnishings, but it may not be to every buyer’s tastes- they are buying the room, not the couch. 

 

Deep Clean and De-Clutter  

 

One of the most stressful things about moving is packing up all of your belongings. Do yourself a favor and de-clutter before allowing potential buyers to walk-through your home. 

 

Not only will it help you out in the long term with moving your belongings (seriously, if you haven’t even seen it in years, you don’t need to take it with you to your next home) but it will also aid in the sale itself. Assume your buyers have no creativity and can’t see through personal clutter and you’re set. 

 

A deep clean will improve the prospects of selling, too. As well as the positive psychological effects of cleaning (or paying somebody else to do it for you..) a cleaner house will sell better, showcasing it to its full potential. 

 

Use your nose to trace the hidden smells in the home- it may be that some food rolled under the refrigerator some time ago, long forgotten, or the windows have been kept closed for too long? Not everybody can stand the smell of our furry friends. Use an air diffuser to eliminate pet odors before having people round to view your property. 

 

When guiding people through the home, the scent can either make or break a deal. Overly musty, damp, dirty smelling homes are going to put people off, as will overly perfumed homes. Aim for something neutral and inviting that teases all of the senses. There really is something magnetic about the smell of baking or freshly brewed coffee that puts buyers at ease and feeling at home. 

 

Focus on Curb Appeal 

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You want to draw buyers inside your house as soon as they pull up outside the door. They have to be so intrigued by the property that they cannot help but want to look inside and see what the deal is. 

 

Outdoor space can be an even more critical selling point to a home than the property itself. It’s what encourages somebody to turn the door handle and walk inside. Make it seem move-in ready by focusing on the front yard, doors, cladding, etc, not something made to seem like an afterthought. 

 

Paint the door an inviting color- nothing too garish that will put buyers off, but something that makes the home look like a finished piece that could be a home for them- not a project! 

 

Make sure that a buyer is able to clearly see the door number so they know which property they are walking through. Ensure all the paths point to your door, and not at number 1029 when you’re at 1038-  don’t leave them guessing.

 

Create a DIY Checklist

 

Of course, there will be those DIY projects that have been on the ‘to-do’ list for years. A blown light bulb here, a scuffed wall there-it can soon become a little overwhelming to deal with.

 

However, a buyer may well naturally begin to mentally decrease their potential offer depending on what they see needs doing around the house. Check on the smaller, and bigger things that need doing. 

 

If you have a cracked window pane, enlist the services of Renewal by Andersen windows to get that sorted right out. Clear your gutters and get the windows cleaned. Check all of the lights and electrics work throughout the house. 

If you’ve disassociated yourself with your home, it can be even easier to put these things off, but now is the most important time to focus on these little tasks so you don’t have to think about them later on. 

 

Even spending those extra few hundred dollars can increase the property value by thousands, which is thousands toward your new home.

 

 

Get in The Kitchen

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A kitchen has the most value tied to it per square footage, so it’s obvious to focus on this when preparing your home for sale. 

 

Your budget may not allow for a complete kitchen refit, which is fine- there are some simple ways to add value without having to do that. Even something as simple as painting cupboard doors or changing the handles can make it look more finished. 

 

When selling your home, you need to show it off to its full potential so that buyers cannot refuse to make an offer having walked through. Use some of these simple tips and tricks to get your property sold for the biggest possible amount of money!

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