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When it comes to selling your home, there are multiple factors that need to be taken into consideration, and if you don’t do this, then you are not going to be able to get the best possible price. Selling your home is already a hard task, you are not going to want to settle for something less than the home is worth unless you are looking for a quick sale, but you are also not going to want to make the price so high that it becomes unaffordable. But, you don’t need to worry because that is why we have written this article. Down below, you are going to find some of our best advice on how you can get the absolute best price for your property when it comes time to sell. Keep reading to find out more information on this topic down below!
Make It Minimal
Selling your home is already going to be difficult, and you need to make it easier for yourself and the buyer by making the home minimal before it goes on the market. This design trend has taken off in recent years and is particularly popular with the younger generation, so if you know that your home is a first-time buyer house, then you need to take this into consideration. You might be wondering how you would go about making your home minimal, and the simple answer is that everything which is not absolutely necessary needs to be put away into storage. Whether this is in your attic, basement or a rented storage unit doesn’t matter, as long as it is not taking up space in the main part of your home.
A simple rule to follow is that if it serves no purpose, it should not be on display. For example, if you go into the living room and there are two of you living in the home, then there should only be two chairs out, and potentially a third for a guest. By doing this, you open up and space and allow the full size of the room to be on display, rather than having it cluttered up with various items that just take away from the glory of the house itself.
Have you thought about making upgrades to your home? We know that you are not going to want to spend a massive amount upgrading your home especially when you are going to be moving out in a matter of weeks, but this is still necessary if you want to boost the price of the house. Make sure that the bathroom and kitchen is not outdated because these are two of the most important things to prospective buyers. If you have cabinets and units that look like they are from the 1940s then you need to get these changed as soon as possible. As well as the units, take a look at the countertops and the tiles in the rooms. It needs to look as though someone could move in straight away and not be transported back a couple of hundred years. Modern styles are all the rage these days, so get updating your bathroom and kitchen, especially before you put your house up for sale.
Likewise, you need to think about the other areas of your home such as the living area and all the bedrooms. If they look like a Victorian family has been living there for the past couple of years, it is going to be off-putting. Even further than this, you might want to think about adding an extension onto the house. For example, you could put another bedroom in here, or even add a new downstairs location depending on what you think the demand is highest for right now. You might think that it sounds a little silly to do this when you are going to be moving out soon, but an extension could dramatically increase the price of the home.
Restore It All
Are there things in your home that you know need restoring but you haven’t gotten around to it yet? You should look into seeing a restoration company to get this process underway as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter what it is around your home that needs completing, it should all be done before the house hits the market. If your potential buyer sees something in the home that needs restoring, this is an instant mark against you whether this is entirely fair or not. It doesn’t take too much for you to get this done, but it could make the world of difference in the eyes of someone who wants to purchase your home. You might be wondering why this is the case, and the reason is that sometimes buyers will make you offers for the things in your home as well as the home itself such as the white goods in the kitchen and so on.
Make Sure It’s Clean
There is nothing worse than going to view a property and noticing that it is not clean. You might not think that this is going to be important, but it is. While it is not the most important thing in the world, you need to be presenting your home as somewhere that they could move into within the next hour and if it is not clean, then this is not going to be the case. This is then going to impact the offer they make on your home if they choose to make an offer at all. We would even go as far as to recommend that you hire a cleaning service to get all those hard to reach areas that you wouldn’t have thought to get into!
It’s A Blank Slate
Something that you need to remember is that you are presenting your home as a blank slate to anyone who walks in looking to purchase it. Personal items should be put away, there should be no pictures of your family anywhere to be seen, and anything that looks like it could be personal in any way needs to be somewhere out of view. The reason for this is that people want to be able to imagine themselves living there, and if they see the home full of your things, this is not going to be possible. It is easier to fall in love with a home that you feel like you could live in rather than one that feels like you are moving into someone else’s house. If you make the potential buyer fall in love with the house, then they are likely to place a higher bid for the property.
Don’t be afraid to have your house looking completely bare for the viewings as this is likely going to be the better option. Let them imagine their furniture and their personal belongings in each and every room instead of seeing yours.
Get A Survey
When someone makes an offer on the property, it is likely going to be subject to survey meaning that they are going to have a thorough evaluation completed on the property before they are willing to go through with the purchase. These are done to see if the seller is trying to hide something, or if there are any underlying problems with the house that should be taken into consideration.
The best way to get around this is to get one completed on the home before you put it up for sale. That way, if there is anything that needs to be sorted, such as foundation issues, they can be done in time. When there are no issues with the home, the value will increase, which is what you are looking for here. There can be no surprises when the survey comes back if you have already had one completed. If you don’t want to make the adjustments that the survey recommends, then you should disclose them to the potential buyer and let them make an informed choice on what they want to do now.
Consult An Expert
The final thing that we are going to recommend to help you get the best price for your property is to consult an expert. This needs to be someone who has worked in the real estate industry for a while and knows everything they need to about the market. They will be able to give you the advice you need to sell your home at the highest price, without going too far and putting people off with the high price. Some people choose not to go with this option and don’t even get their house valued and could end up with a property that is stuck on the market for months, or even years at a time.
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now have a few ideas on how you can ensure you get the best price for your property. Good luck, and we hope that you take this advice and get the most value out of your current home!