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From Shambles To Showhome: Prepping Your Home For Sale

If you’re selling your home, it’s time to prepare for visitors and try and showcase your property in all its glory. It takes seconds to form impressions, and you need to ensure that your home impresses from the outset. If your home is cluttered, there’s stuff everywhere, or there’s paint chipping off the door frames, now is the time to do a little sprucing up before those all-important viewings. Here are some simple suggestions that could make all the difference.

Curb appeal
The exterior of a house is usually the first thing you see as a potential buyer. If you drive up the road and you like what you see, this gives you a positive vibe, and you’ll probably be excited to see the rest of the house. In contrast, if you’re greeted with rickety gates, overgrown lawns and broken windows, you may not even want to hang around to see the kitchen or the master suite. If you’re selling up, don’t focus all your attention on the interior of the house. There are lots of very easy ways you can make the exterior of the property more welcoming and appealing. Give the front door a lick of paint, put up some hanging baskets or place a couple of potted plants or olive trees on the porch, sweep the driveway and mow the grass.




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Odor
There’s nothing worse than walking into a house and smelling mold, pets or cooking odors. This can be a major turn-off for potential buyers, so invest in some scented candles or a scent machine. You can find out more about home diffusers and essential oils if you read this article. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes. Would you rather be greeted with a wave of wet dog, fresh linen, or summer meadows?

Cleaning and tidying
Clutter is a huge no-no for buyers, so make sure you give yourself time to tidy up and clean the house before you start showing people around. It’s also really important to ensure that your home is as tidy as possible when you take photographs for the brochure or online gallery. Clutter makes rooms look smaller and darker. If you don’t have enough space for all your stuff, invest in some storage boxes.

Natural light
Most people appreciate airy, light spaces, especially when they’re looking at kitchens and bathrooms. If you’ve got a viewing, maximize natural light by opening up the curtains and blinds and hanging mirrors on the wall. If you’ve got dark walls in a small room, consider painting them white to open up the space and make the room look larger.



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Personalization
It’s wonderful to make your house homely when you’re living in it, but for selling purposes, it’s a good idea to remove personal touches. You want the buyer to imagine their family in that property, and if you’ve got photos or personalized prints everywhere, this may make that task more difficult. Offering a blank canvas is often a more appealing option.



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As a last possibility, you could always hire a cleaning service to come in and clean the home for you. That will take some of the pressure off of you as you are trying to make preparations to move.

Are you selling your home? If so, you’re probably dreaming of a quick sale. Hopefully, these tips will help you prepare for viewings and show off your home in the best possible light.

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