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 our 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 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, its 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 perfume homes. Aim for something neutral and inviting that teases all of the senses. There 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 can 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, and 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!

Selling Up? Add Value To You Home First

In the first few years of owning your home, you might want to make a few (or many) changes. Ins 2018, a survey by Chubb asked 1200 homeowners in the USA how they felt about their property.  58% said they would most likely be renovating and improving the property. Of those that responded that they would probably make changes, 65% planned to spend at least $10,000, and a further 20% planned for $10,000 – $40,000.


But the more significant the spend, the more you will want to make back when you decide to sell the property at a later date. It is a good idea to know the highest value of property in your area, this will give you a good indicator if your project is ‘worth it’ or a little excessive. If the homes are being sold at around 550,000 and you purchased for 535,000, your max value additions and renovations should be somewhere in the region of 15k.


“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan, spiritualist

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Kitchen & Bathroom

A good thing to note is the most ‘worked on’ places are the kitchen and the bathroom. They can raise and lower the asking price with ease. Bathroom and kitchen remodeling is now easier than ever with companies like IKEA stepping up to the plate with complete kitchens for a few thousand pounds.


In general, the kitchen will give you the most significant return on your investment as most house viewings will center around the kitchen. People like to open and close cupboards and check the size, space, and weight. But if you can’t add a whole new kitchen, then what? Well, swapping out countertops for dense wood or marble is like an instant facelift. Small details like the backsplash panels and tiling matter too – get something cohesive that works with the rest of the house also. A little personality is cool, too much is too much!


For the bathroom, it being clean is critical. The cleaner it looks in those realtor photos the more likely you’ll get people arriving for viewings. A bathtub is an excellent addition if you have a room.


Depending on the type of property you have, this will make a difference here. Some properties can get away with having a very simple paved outdoor area, while others typically you’d want to see a big lush lawn… kind of like the ideal family garden. If you know roughly what you want, then you should check out landscaping. It will boost the value pretty quickly. Big trees, flowers blooming and growing, and row upon row of multicolored plants look stunning in the sunlight. Why does this work? Well, it is frankly just prettier to look at, and people want beauty.


Think smart here, plant native plants, so they have the most opportunity to flourish well and be easy to maintain. If you are planning to sell, remember to plant early in the process, so that when it comes to viewings and the brochures, everything is in bloom.


A space to eat outside that is either paved or has some lovely decking is something worth the time and energy too.



Carpet or not, veneer vs. laminate, underfloor heating, dark wood, grey-toned… natural stone. There are so many options. But when it comes to flooring the best option is something that is going to last many years. No one wants to view a house that will need to have all of the floors redone in the next year of their living there.


For higher traffic areas, you might want to think about putting some rugs down so that they protect the floor in the longer term.

Kerb Appeal

The walk from the pavement or sidewalk to your front door needs to be inviting. Clean, well-kept path, trimmed, and neat lawn. You might think about adding something like fairy lights or solar-powered lamps along the path. Large terracotta pots filled with fragrant herbs around your front door will smell very inviting on a warm day and looks very pretty too.


“Now, one thing I tell everyone is to learn about real estate. Repeat after me: real estate provides the highest returns, the greatest values, and the least risk.” – Armstrong Williams, entrepreneur

Build Up

If you have the available space, you might like to consider building upwards. Adding skylights, windows, and even extra bedrooms in the form of loft conversion is all smart. It adds quick value and doesn’t cost a lot to do. A loft conversion can add somewhere in the region of 15% to your house value, which is pretty substantial. This one will probably need a few weeks’ worth of work but will be worth it.


Build Out

Conservatories can add up to 10% and more if they are expertly finished. A fully glazed conservatory will combine your indoors and outdoors. It can be ultra modern with sleek lines and minimal facia, or grand and traditional. There is a range of glass options – double, self-cleaning, tinted, solar control, and so much more. Look at your budget before committing to a type of glass. It is worth remembering that while conservatories are usually considered to be permitted developments, you will still need to meet specific building regulations.


Build Under

If you are the lucky owner of a cellar, then you can make a very smart move here. A cellar conversion can add a massive 30% value added to your home. It isn’t as complicated as some other projects, but will of course still take some time. The cellar will need a unique set of skills to complete due to the nature of the materials. This is a brilliant way to add usable square footage.



If you have space around the house, then you should apply for planning permissions. Planning permission is super handy. This simple few pieces of paper (albeit official documents) can add up to 10% value.


If you are intending to buy a property, many investors (rather than homeowners) will want to know that they can make some improvements if the planning permission is available already, it makes it a much tastier proposition.

Break Walls

Instead of adding extras to the space, take things away. Making your downstairs open plan instantly gives more space and light. Most people remove the wall between the kitchen and the living room or dining area. You’ll need to call in the professionals to check if the wall is a load-bearing wall though.


“In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.” -Seth Godin



When it comes to looking for a new home, eventually everything begins to look the same, the white walls, white kitchens, gleaming bathroom, and perfectly manicured lawns. Perennials that are in full blooms, hedges that give you just enough privacy, but not too much.


What makes your home stand out?


Buyers decide in the first 8 seconds if they are going to buy a house, so put yourself in the shoes of your prospective buyers. What do you see? What could be better? Are you highlighting that fantastic space under the stairs?


Small ponds and water features in the garden sound incredible and look great. They add a fixed point of interest and a layer to the garden. Equally small outhouse buildings and sheds are great too. Unique things like maximizing the kitchen space by adding slim, one-press roll-out spice racks, or if it’s a compact house then a mini fridge is clever too. Not having a front garden doesn’t stop you from adding window boxes and a beautiful knocker.


Make the best use of nooks and crannies by adding shelves and increasing the storage size.



When it comes to your open house day, make sure that you are either baking fresh bread with lavender and lemons, or arranging a candle or room scent plug-in to fragrance the house. Both of those scents are very welcoming.


People like to imagine themselves using space. So make sure it is very clean, has no clutter anywhere, and looks ‘homely’. If you have pets, make sure that you have your furry friend stay with someone else for a day or two so that the house doesn’t have that doggy smell lingering.


Have photos of you enjoying yourself in the house. Building memories is something we all enjoy when we do it within our own four walls. So have a selection of ‘this could be your photos.

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“A man builds a fine house, and now he has a master and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882).

Things To Know Before Selling To A Real Estate Investor

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If you’re thinking of selling your property to a real estate investor, you need to make sure you’ve done as much research as you can beforehand. Whilst it can be incredibly beneficial the process can be long and complicated, meaning preparation is key.


With that in mind, here are things you need to know before selling your home to a real estate investor:


– Is Your Property Going To Be Hard To Sell?


One of the first things you need to think about is whether or not your property is going to be hard to sell. Whilst you may be finding it hard to sell your property, there are people out that that can help you get the job done.


The best approach to take towards selling to an investor is recognizing that there WILL be an investor out there that is willing to take the property off your hands, helping you sell it much quicker than you would have if you were to go it alone. Real estate investors often pride themselves on being able to sell hard to sell properties, so never underestimate what they can do for your old home.


– Find Out How To Locate The Perfect Real Estate Investor For You


If you have decided you want to use a real estate investor to sell your home, you need to be sure you’re going to be working with the best possible person for you. There are lots of different places to find your perfect real estate investor, including the internet, by direct mail, through listings, and through online estate agents. Whilst it may take some time to find the right fit, it will be worth it when you know you’re in capable hands. For more tips and tricks on finding the perfect real estate investor for you, you can visit this handy guide here.


– Vet Your Real Estate Investor


To make sure you are 100% certain you have the best possible real estate investor, you will need to vet them before you get started. Whilst this may sound like a difficult task to do, it’s vital if you want to have the best possible experience. There are lots of different things you can do to vet your real estate investor including meeting them in person, using respected directories, searching for video testimonials, asking for proof of funds and checking their social media presence and website. For tips on how to test for legitimacy using social media, you can visit this guide here.


– How Can They Help You?


Finally, you need to think about how they can help you. Prepare a list of the things you’re worried about before you meet, making sure you ask as many questions as you possibly can. If you’re unsure on the process and need more information, try speaking to people that have been through it before, they may be able to help!


Are you looking to sell your property to a Real Estate Investor? What do you need to consider beforehand? Let us know in the comments section below.