If you are currently thinking about selling your home then make sure it is definitely something you want to do. Selling and moving house can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. There are alternatives to moving, for example, if your home is too small then you could look at extending either up, or out. A great way to make money from your home if it’s feasible is to rent it out. This way you get a steady stream of cash each month.
If this is something you want to do or you are still wanting to put your home on the market then certain things need to be done before you contact the realtor to get it listed. Take a look below for four crucial tasks that should be completed.
Clear Out The Clutter
The very first step in preparing your home for sale is to clear out the clutter and things you no longer need. It is common to build up stuff, especially if you have lived there a long while. However, when potential buyers come around to view your property they don’t want to be met with your clutter. They need to be able to picture their own belongings filling the space you have available in your home. Decluttering is also a great way to create the illusion of more space being available than there actually is within your property.
When it comes to decluttering it may seem like a huge job, however, it can be really easy. Don’t look at it like one big task, split it across different days and take your time. Go to each room and sort your belongings into four different piles. These should consist of the items you want to keep, throw away, donate to charity, and sell. It is always a good idea to hold some form of yard or garage sale when you are sorting stuff out.
Carry Out Repairs
Next, you may have gathered up a long list of repairs that need doing while you have lived at the property. Now is a great time to do them, especially if you have been delaying it. The problem that can occur when you leave repairs is that they can become worse over time. Take a leaky roof for example, if you leave it you will then have to repair a lot more than just the roof. The water can pool in the ceiling, walls, or floors. What goes from a small repair ends up being a hugely expensive one.
If you have to get rid of some of your home appliances due to them not working then you should look into metal recycling. You could save yourself some time and get a pre-sale inspection done before you list your home. This will alert you to any structural damage or repairs you have missed out on doing. You will also have the report to hand to the realtor to say you’ve carried everything out.
Clean It Up
Once you have carried out all decluttering and repairs then you should take some time to clean up your home. This is to ensure you get rid of all the dust, dirt, and debris that has built up over the years. If you have pets or have had pets previously then make sure you are getting rid of all the leftover pet hair that has gathered in the corners of your home. You never know who will be moving into your home and they could have allergies.
Make sure you focus on areas such as the kitchen and bathroom, these are prone to black mold growing on the side of them. Giving them a thorough clean will ensure this stays away until the buyers move in. If you don’t have the time to clean your home from top to bottom then think about hiring a cleaner to do this for you. They will ensure your home is sparkling and looking brand new. Using a professional cleaner frees up your time to do other things within your home, including starting to pack up the belongings you no longer need.
Sort The Exterior
Finally, the first part of your home that is seen by potential buyers is the exterior. That means it needs to look warm and welcoming. If you have a garden then make sure the grass is kept neat and tidy and you get rid of any weeds that have popped up. If you stand outside you will be able to spot any quick fixes that need doing before you open up your home to potential buyers.
We hope you found this article helpful and it gave you some useful tips and tricks on how to sort your home and get it ready to list on the market.
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