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What Should You Do Before You Put Your Home up for Sale?


Putting your home on the market can be an exciting yet daunting experience as there is often a lot to do before it is ready. If you have moved home before, you will understand that there is a lot more to do than just putting a for sale sign outside your home.  

Before you decide that you want to put your home on the market, there are a number of things you can do in preparation. Many of these points will be simple and easy, while others may need a little bit more elbow grease. However, many of these tips will most certainly pay off and impress potential buyers. We have put together this guide on what you should try and do before you put your home on the market.  

Give Your Home a Good Clean  

This may sound obvious, but to give a great a first impression to potential buyers, you should make sure that your home is presentable. This won’t only look great when the initial photos are taken, but also when potential buyers come over for a viewing. Just try to make sure that any mess has been tidied away as well as any unnecessary clutter as this can often make a space look much smaller.   

Less is definitely more when it comes to putting your home on the market, as potential buyers will want to see your home as a black canvas and imagine their own belongings in your home. If you have too many personal items and too much clutter on show, this can inhibit the buyer from seeing themselves in your home . However, on the other hand, you don't want it to be completely bare as your home can lose its homely ambience and even its character.   
Spruce up your home by ensuring that surfaces are polished, the floors are clean and unnecessary items have been put away. If your home is overflowing with your belongings, potential buyers may not think there will be enough space for their own.   

Find a Great Estate Agent  

There are endless benefits of using an estate agent to sell your home, and you should take the time to make sure you find one suitable. By choosing to use an estate agent to sell your property, they will do their very best to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. From having in-depth knowledge of the local area, marketing your home in the best possible way or negotiating with the buyer, your estate agent will take a lot of the pressure away. This will mean that you will have plenty of time to find your next home, and all you will have to do is ensure your property is ready for viewing.  

If you are looking for estate agents in Okehampton, then please do not hesitate to get in touch today on 01837 54504.  

Bring Your Home to Life 

During the colder months, your home can seem dark and lifeless due to the weather and darker evenings. That is why it is important to try to make your home feel as welcoming as possible and making sure light flows into each room where possible. One easy way to bring the rooms of your home to life is by adding plants or flowers. These can work in any room and can also add a dash of colour and fragrance which will be welcomed by potential buyers.  
Additionally, it is a good idea to refresh the air in your home by opening doors and windows, weather dependent of course. During the colder months, we don’t tend to have much airflow into our homes at all, so it is worth refreshing the air before you have a viewing. This will make sure that your home smells nice as any lingering odours should leave.

Fix Any Issues  

Before some people sell their home, they often add a new lick of paint, but if your home is already at a high standard and you don’t want to do much work to it. That said, there are many simple ways to make it look a little more presentable. Try and remove any scuff marks from walls, fix anything which is obviously broken and replace lightbulbs which no longer work. Touching up these small issues will make your home sparkle, as well as not leaving potential buyers wondering if there is something wrong.

Pay Attention to the Outside

Your properties curb appeal can be a huge selling point, as this will be the first impression they have of your home. By simply decluttering the garden and removing any debris, mowing the lawn, tidying up flowerbeds and making sure that everything looks clean and tidy will entice buyers. When buying a home, the majority of buyers will not want to do any work to the property, so be presenting it in its best light should guarantee lots of interest.  
These are just a handful of things you should look at doing before putting your home on the market, and it could be as easy as giving your home a quick clean. If you are looking to sell your home in West Devon, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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