I popped over to a neighbours over the weekend who’s having trouble coming to terms with putting his house on the market and the changes he needs to make to present the home. He’s been living there for 45 years, family have grown up and left home, and now it’s time to downsize. It’s hard though, when you’ve lived somewhere for so long, to see your home objectively through others eyes.
Whilst he will probably engage a property stylist, which is absolutely the right way to go in his situation, I still ran through some basics whilst I was there, just so he knew what to expect once the stylist had worked their magic. So I thought I would share with you all what we talked about, it’s the process that I went through when selling our place last year, and would do the same again when we next come to move.
First of all, de-clutter. This will help with your move too. Be ruthless and get rid of anything you really don’t want to take with you. Once you’ve thrown everything out that you aren’t taking now de-clutter some more. Pack away bits and pieces that you don’t need day to day to clean up surfaces and generally tidy. Don’t forget potential buyers viewing your home will check out inside your robes and cupboards.
De-personalise as much as you can. I love my family and friends photo’s, however I packed them all away when I was showing our home. You want potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home, not you!
There may be some furniture that needs to go into storage, especially if you are engaging a stylist to make the rooms feel as best as they possibly can. So run through with them what they are planning to bring in and make sure you clear the way, a blank canvas for them to work with will achieve a much stronger result.
On the day of the open homes/inspections get into a routine of setting the stage. In summer turn on the aircon and cool the house down, flip side in winter fire and heating on and make everything cosy and warm. Light candles in all bathrooms, put lamps on in every room, and even main lighting should be switched on before you leave. Make sure everything is neatly popped away and cupboards are as tidy as possible. Remove any signs of pets, take your dogs and or cats with you. Beds should be made up perfectly and fresh cut flowers should be placed somewhere prominent as you walk in.
You’re all set! This sounds like a lot of effort but for most of us our properties are our biggest asset so it’s worth putting in that time and effort to get the best possible return on investment from your buyer.