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It’s time to make your home salesroom ready

05/01/17
Kate Warren Image By Kate Warren

As we head into deepest winter, it’s worth taking the time to think about preparing your home for the sales season. 

Every home needs work to make it as attractive to prospective buyers as possible. At a minimum, you should set aside at least a week for intensive cleaning and repairing. Alternatively, if you start now you can chip away at things, leaving yourself only the minimum to do when your home comes onto the market.

At Le Gallais, we know what makes a home attractive to buyers, so we thought we’d share our experience to help you put your home at the top of a buyer's list.

You need the right mindset

This may be an unexpected tip, but it is the most important. We all become attached to the homes we live in, particularly if we’ve spent time and money turning them into places we love. But now that you’ve decided to move on, the aim is to make your property as attractive to other people as possible.

Your home needs to become a blank canvas so prospective buyers can paint their own dreams of happy living. To be a successful seller, you have to start by removing yourself from your home.

Depersonalise

It’s a hard job but you really do need to take down those family photos - even the paintings stuck to the fridge that your kids did at school. Certificates, stickers on doors, school photos: they must all go.

Well, they must almost all go. There might be room for one very happy image - maybe of a wedding day, for example - giving a sense of the joy that your home has helped bring. But keep it down to one, no more!

Declutter

If your home is full of clutter, then potential buyers won’t be able to see it in all its glory. In turn, this will prevent them imagining their own lives there. Some things, like children’s toys, will have to be tidied away immediately before viewings but there’s still a lot that can go in the weeks before you put your home on the market.

Look at the furniture you have. Do you really need all of it over the next few weeks? There are usually tables and chairs, chests of drawers that are seldom used and pictures and paintings that really don’t need to be on the walls. By moving them out, you create space for viewers to see your home at its best.

You can sell your furniture or you can store it. If you’d like to sell, then there are auction houses in Jersey that attract crowds of potential buyers and you can easily store your furniture for a few weeks at Le Gallais Self Storage.

Repair

Now is the time to do all those jobs you’ve been meaning to do for years. If anything needs a lick of paint, then now is the best time to do it so there’s no paint smell in the air when viewers come round.

Check lightbulbs, skirting boards, doors, tiles, sealant around kitchen and bathroom facilities. You should look around your home with a critical eye and if something doesn’t look perfect, then now is the time to repair it.

You should definitely do the following:

  • Replace broken light bulbs.
  • Fix leaky taps.
  • Fix doors and drawers.
  • Repair cracks in the walls.
  • Touch up paint or repaint in a neutral colour where necessary.
  • Remove busy wallpaper that you loved five years ago.
  • Eradicate odours - particularly those from cigarette smoke, mildew and pets.
  • Replace cushion covers, bedspreads and curtains that are worn or have garish colours and patterns.

Compare your home with the neighbours'

This isn’t about keeping up with the Joneses but making sure your home looks great from the street. A lick of paint and minor repairs to things like walls and pathways will make a huge difference - and don’t forget to tidy the garden. A neat and well-kept home and garden can make all the difference when it comes to selling quickly.

Clean

A couple of weeks before your home goes on the market, you should get stuck into a deep spring clean.

Dirt and grime are two of the biggest obstacles to selling a property at the price you want, so it’s time to reach into those cupboards that haven’t seen light for while with soap and a sponge. You should look to clean everything, even the interiors of drawers and small spaces, because viewers do have a penchant for taking a sneak peak!

  • Dust the skirting boards and remove cobwebs from corners.
  • Clean the windows on both sides and give them a polish.
  • Dust light fixtures and furniture.
  • Vacuum everywhere.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Clean bathroom and kitchen tiles – remember to bleach the grout.
  • Scrub the oven clean or get someone in to clean it.

There’s no doubt this is a long list, but the results will be worth it because a sales ready house is much more likely to quickly attract a buyer - and the right price.

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