Monday, 9 November 2015

How To Get Your Home Ready For A House Sale

When it comes to selling your home, there is one word that strikes no truer than, preparation. Yes, preparation is key when selling your home because you won’t be dealing with the unexpected, in fact, if you’re that well prepared, nothing is unexpected and you will drift through your house sale like a breeze. 



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Of course, today, we all live chaotic lives and this can mean that getting prepared can be extremely time consuming and overlooked when it comes to preparing for a house sale. Recently, a study that was conducted to nearly 2,000 homebuyers supported what has been widely thought true for a long time, a house that doesn’t look like it will fit the bill won’t sell!

So what actually puts people off? According to the study that was carried out by Barclay’s mortgages, things such as; avocado bathrooms, woodchip walls and flocked wallpaper were just some of the biggest turnoffs; whilst other, larger exterior reasons such as stone cladding and pebble dash have been known to cause buyers to consider their choices in a house purchase.

Property sale experts, JetHomes.co.uk have however provided some well seasoned and sound advice when it comes to preparing your house for a house sale.

Lighten up your furnishings

One of the simplest, yet most effective things you could do to improve your interior is actually creating the effect of space in your home. One of the ways to do this is to perform some good DIY work and try and neutralise the more “bolder” colours and furnishings in the house.

From neutral paint colours to updating your bathroom set, these can be quite time consuming if you don’t organise the workflow properly so, make sure that whatever work you undertake is manageable. If you can’t manage it yourself, then call in some of those favours with friends and family or hire a professional (but this can cost a bit, so remember that if it happens).

Box up some personal items 
Declutter and Depersonalise
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Did you know that potential buyers are nearly 3x less likely to purchase your home if they feel they can’t see themselves living in that space. One of the biggest pet peeves of potential buyers is seeing personal items such as photos and trinkets lying around the home.

A big tip here is to start boxing together some of the more personal and precious items and clearly label them so that they are to hand to when you need to move them into your new home.

Spring clean or even, car boot sale! 

Well, a good old spring clean can be handy in situations precisely like this. Remember, you are moving into a new home and you want to sell your home; gathering together items which you no longer need, use or even like isn’t a bad idea. You can donate them or even sell at a good old car boot sale to finance some of the things you need at your new home.

Our top tip here; don’t be over emotional with belongings here we use the three month rule quite regularly. “Has it been used in the last 3 months?” if the answer is no, then off it goes. If the answer is yes, we’ll ask “do you really need it?” the same applies as before.

We hope that this provides some insight into how you can get your house ready for a sale, especially in today’s chaotic lifestyle. What do you think works best for getting ready to move home? What top tips do you have? We’d love to know.

*This post was contributed by Mike Fisher, senior marketing adviser at Jet Homes
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20 comments

  1. Some really useful tips. Thank for sharing!

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

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  2. This is probably what I am dreading most about when I do eventually move out of my flat. I struggle to keep things looking uncluttered! x

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    1. It's hard living in a flat as you have to be super tidy due to the amount of space you have.

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  3. Woodchip arghhhhhhh these are fab tips! We rent and are moving soon and that's daunting enough! xxx

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    1. Avacado bathrooms were the in thing when I first bought a house!

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  4. Some great tips here. Thanks for sharing x

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  5. Not planning on moving and I don't have anything to sell but some sound advice for peeps looking into it!!

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  6. Very useful tips! Spring clean is a great idea. I actually need to do that to declutter our house and i'm not even moving lol x

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    1. I try to keep on top of the clutter in my house. Everything has a place :)

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  7. We moved house six times and even if we didn't sell every time, I can certify that all the above is true and a house well lit and decluttered sells much sooner than one in which you can hardly set foot in!xx

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    1. People need to be able to 'see' their posessions in a new house. If it is full of clutter than that is very hard to do.

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  8. We're hoping to sell our house sometime next year and it feels me with dread when I think about how much clutter we need to get rid of. I know it will make such a big difference though. I hoping after Christmas we can start shifting a bit each week and then it won't be such a mammoth job when we come to sell up in the spring/summer.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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    1. That is a very good idea Jenna. Start getting rid of clutter slowly and the job won't be so big when you move.

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  9. Really useful advice in this post. I need to start using that 3 month rule!

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  10. some really fantastic tips her. My place is always such a mess. time i start going through it all.

    Umber x
    mymakeuplife.co.uk

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  11. We are still thinking of moving into a bigger house but haven't found the right one. Or let's put it this way, I'm very picky. But it needs to be right.

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  12. Getting rid of personal things is key. The buyer needs to be able to picture themselves in that house. Then cleaning out the closets to make them look roomy. No one wants to live ina place with little closet space.

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  13. Great tips. I've never really thought about getting rid of personal items, will remember it for the future as it makes a lot of sense to help prospect buyers see the house as their own.

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