To sell your house faster and at a higher price, look at it through the eyes of a potential buyer. Their first impressions could be the difference between a sale and a fail.
These simple first steps are cheap, easy and all they take is a little bit of time and minimal expense.
Open your front door and what do you see? Is the hallway full of clutter? Are there junk mail and leaflets on the floor, or children’s toys left on the stairs? Tidy it and keep it tidy. If you are looking to sell your house fast you need to be ready for inspections by potential buyers whenever it suits them.
Look at the walls and ceilings. Do they need some attention? Often, you will only need to give them a good wash down with detergent, but a quick lick of emulsion is a fast and cheap solution to grubby walls. Choose neutral colours. The new owners will want to put their own identity on the property, so off-whites or magnolia are the ideal blank canvas. Also, try wherever you can to de-personalize the property, so the buyers can imagine themselves living there. Chipped woodwork around door frames can also be off-putting and should be touched up. Repainting walls and woodwork also makes them easier to keep clean. Don’t forget to wash curtains and windows, too. A professional carpet cleaning can make floors look as good as new. Remember, every penny you spend is worth a great deal more in the end if you want to sell your house faster and at a higher price.
The bathroom and kitchen are important rooms to consider.
Simply re-grouting bathroom and kitchen tiles will bring them to life without the need for re-tiling. Make sure both rooms are spotlessly clean. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so pay special attention here. Your potential buyers will aspire to a happy, busy family environment. Ensure there is as much light as possible. It is cheap and easy to replace old cupboard doors with brighter, cleaner new ones.
Get some outside opinions to make sure your efforts have had the desired result. If you're serious about wanting to sell your house quickly at a better price you need a critical eye. Ask friends and neighbours round to see what they think. Often, they will point out things, good and bad, that you may have overlooked because you are so familiar with your home.