It doesn’t matter how attached you might have been to your home, sometimes the time comes for us to move on and look for a new one. Perhaps you’ve got a new job in a different city, you’re planning to start a family or you’ve realized that the house you live in is too big for you, but the course of action is the same – you should sell it! As devastating as it can be to prepare to move from the place you call home, preparing the said home can be truly overwhelming. Here’s what you can do to make it look more chic and trendy:
Do some research
Before you take any steps, you should first contact an agent to see if they can do a market appraisal for you. This way, you will find out just how much money you would be able to get if you sold your house in that condition. They might also suggest you do some changes to raise the value, and this is something you should definitely consider. Sometimes, the changes you would do would cost more than the possible added value would be, in which case you should forget about it (it would be a waste of money on your part).
Get rid of excess things
Do a little experiment: walk through your house as if you were seeing it for the first time, and try to look at it as a potential buyer would. Are the rooms cluttered? Do you have problems seeing the potential of your home due to old furniture, worn-out carpets and peeling wallpapers? If that’s the case, you should really clean up and declutter your home before you let potential buyers see it. Consider donating anything you don’t need to charity, or perhaps sell it. You could sell it on eBay or throw a garage sale and you could use all the money to do small remodels around the house.
Make it look beautiful
Having a building inspection to see if you need any repairs is also a good move, but even if your house is in great condition, people won’t be interested if it’s shabby. Hiring property stylists is a great way to ensure that your home will look breathtakingly beautiful on photographs as well as in person, and potential buyers will feel an emotional connection with your home. Interior designers, stylists, as well as agents should work together to ensure that a lot of people pay attention to your house and potentially fall in love with it.
Clean it thoroughly
Spring cleaning is wonderful and absolutely necessary, but cleaning your home for potential buyers is even more so. Your kitchen and bathroom should be scrubbed clean, everything should be in its place, your carpets should be vacuumed and hardwood floors waxed and polished. Make sure your curtains are washed, especially if you smoke indoors, and clean all of your window blinds. Mismatched towels might look adorable but fluffy matching ones testify that you pay attention to the details. If you have pets, disinfect the place where they eat, wash their pillows and blankets, and ask someone to watch over them when you have potential buyers over.
Pretty on the outside too
We talked a lot about cleaning and fixing your home on the inside, but you shouldn’t forget about curb appeal either. If you’re not sure what changes would improve the street appeal of your house, try talking to an exterior designer or perhaps a landscaper. They will be able to tell you what plants would look best in your yard and what color palette would make it stand out in the neighborhood.
When you’re hoping to get as high a price as possible for your property, you have to think about a lot of things. It isn’t simply the case of signing papers with an agent and packing your things. Preparing your home for sale can be tiring and challenging at first, but if you take time to prepare and ask your friends and even some professionals for help, you will soon be pleasantly surprised with the results.