There comes a time when your current home doesn’t serve it’s purpose anymore and you decide it’s time to move on. That’s all well and good if you’re only renting as you know exactly when your tenancy agreement is up and it’s just a case of letting them know and making sure it’s to the same standard when you leave as it was when you arrived.
But when you want to move and you have a mortgage it can get a little trickier. Mortgage rates today are all over the place and it’s already stressful enough as it is trying to sell up.
If you’ve had your house on the market for a while and you’re still failing to get any offers (or any reasonable ones, as people are a little cheeky) then try making these changes and see how fast your house flies off the market once you have. Oh, and when you do finally manage to sell up, check out this guide on essential things to do when your family moves into a new home.
1. De-clutter if you want to impress people viewing your home
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It might not be clutter to you. Yes, it’s your home and you think years old finger paintings created by your children look great hung all over the walls in the lounge, but people visiting your house probably don’t share the same views. Clutter impresses no one and it makes it difficult for people to envision what your home would be like if it were there’s. Tuck the clutter away during the selling process and rest assured, you can put it all back up again once you’ve moved on.
2. Think about the first thing they see and make it impressive
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Before any couple or family enter your home, the first thing they are greeted with is your door. It’s the centrepiece of your entire home and if it’s looking a little on the shabby side then it gives an awful first impression. Just like we judge people on the state of their shoes when we first encounter a new person, we do exactly the same thing when we’re looking at potential new homes. Don’t give them a bad impression before they’ve even got through the door. Give it a new lick of paint, make sure the outside lights are working (you never know when you’re going to get a last minute evening viewing) and decorate the area with a few potted plants so it looks like you care about presentation as much as they might do.
3. Your second chance to impress if you got the first bit wrong
Once they get through the door, viewers will then make their first impression on what’s INSIDE your home when in the entrance hall. Make sure it’s tidy, smelling good and not cluttered with everyone’s shoes and coats. If you don’t have a storage cupboard to hide it all away then bring in a temporary house rule that states everyone must put their coats and other belongings in their rooms instead of in the hall.
4. Remain neutral
One of the best things you can do when selling your house is to paint the rooms a neutral colour. That doesn’t mean that you have to stick with boring beige and dreary whites though as there are plenty of great neutral colours out there for you to choose from such as greens and browns.