Most of you will already have realized that there are, in fact, more than just three things you need to do before putting your home on the market. There’s a lot of paperwork to trawl through, and a lot of extra decisions that need to be made. Going through these three suggestions obviously doesn’t mean your house is ready to be sold – but there’s a good chance that your home won’t be ready to sell without them.
So, with no further ado, let’s discuss three things you absolutely must do before you put your home on the market – unless, of course, you don’t really want your house to sell!
1. Deep Clean
Cleaning your home before you sell it is an absolute must. Selling a house means that you’ll have regular viewings, and prospective buyers are going to be put off by a dirty or uncared-for house. First impressions are very important and a dirty or stale-smelling house is not going to impress a buyer.
Even if your house is clean and tidy, dirt and grime can build up in forgotten corners. Now is the best time to do a proper deep clean. If you’re not up to the task yourself, you can hire professional cleaners.
2. Declutter and Refresh
Anyone who’s ever moved home knows how stressful it is. Decluttering your home before you put it on the market means that your home looks extra clean, tidy, and spacious – but it also means that you have less to pack up when moving day rolls around.
Refreshing your home and garden is also a good idea. Properties are always subject to normal wear and tear, and over time, we might stop noticing. But prospective buyers will certainly notice saggy guttering, faded carpets, or a balding lawn.
Essentially, these are all problems that a new buyer will need to sort out themselves when they move in – and it could be a dealbreaker.
So, go around your property and make a list of things you can do to “refresh” your home. It could be as simple as some lawn care and a lick of paint, or it could require a bit more work. Either way, this will add value to your home.
3. Find a Good Real Estate Agent
Now, not everyone chooses to use a realtor when they sell their home. However, a good real estate agent should take a lot of the pressure off you, the seller, and can even help you get a much better price for your home.
Always do research on realtors, weighing customer reviews and the services they offer, as well as their experience and dedication. Search out a local realtor. For example, if you live in Brisbane, Wendy Russell at wendyrussell.com.au is a well-known realtor to check out.
The Bottom Line
So, while selling your home and moving into another one is a stressful experience, it can – and should – be manageable.