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When it comes to selling your home, there are a number of things you can do to help it appeal more to the buyerโ€™s market. However, there are also things you can do that can work against you. Here are a few dos and donโ€™ts to help you in the process of selling your home.ย 

 

Donโ€™t assume buyers will love your house

Just because you love your home, doesnโ€™t mean everyone else will. No one wants to buy a house that too closely resembles someone elseโ€™s life. Itโ€™s important that you remove anything super personal from your home before any inspections so buyers can visualise how they can make the space their own. But donโ€™t go crazy and leave the rooms bare! There still needs to be a feeling of โ€˜homeโ€™ that will engage buyers and create an emotional attachment to the property.ย 

Do declutter your house

While you shouldnโ€™t go ahead and empty your house of everything, you should definitely declutter. Removing any unnecessary clutter such as crowded shelves and moving boxes will help open your home and make the space look much bigger. The same goes for the shed and the garage which are often left full of personal items during inspections. Cleaning up these spaces can showcase their potential to a buyer.

Donโ€™t ignore the damage

Even something as simple as a loose piece of carpet or a wiggly door handle can turn buyers away as it makes them think there must be something else wrong with the property. Make sure youโ€™ve repaired any damage to the property, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem.

Do clean up the garden

You want to show off as much of your property as possible to buyers during an inspection, and that includes the front and back garden or yard. Make sure you clear away any rubbish or things laying around to help your garden look much more open and spacious. Low maintenance gardens are popular with buyers so make sure your lawn is mowed, the gardens are trimmed and mulched and there are no weeds. This gives off the impression that itโ€™s easy to maintain.

Donโ€™t remove all the plants

Having a maintained garden doesnโ€™t mean removing all of the plants you have. Buyers usually respond to lush gardens and manicured plants. So, instead of removing them, tidy them up and trim them back. Donโ€™t forget to take special care to make the garden leading to the front door more appealing and tidy too.

Do take notice of the market

Make sure youโ€™re aware of what is currently for sale and where your property sits in that market. This will help you set realistic price expectations and adapt them if need be. Looking at the current market, youโ€™ll notice that more buyers are turning to the internet to inspect photos and videos of a property first. Make sure your property is looking its best for the photo and video footage as well as the open home inspections.

Donโ€™t be there during the inspection

Itโ€™s our job to make sure your house is secure during open house inspections so leave that to us. You being there during the inspection can turn a lot of buyers away who may feel pressured to pretend to like certain features. It can also interfere with the feedback we receive from prospective buyers who might not feel comfortable being honest knowing the seller is present.

Now that you know what to do and what not to do, itโ€™s time to prepare your house for sale.

To find out the current value of your homeย click here!

Jo Mooney – Estate Agent