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Preparing your property to be put on the market: 7 steps to success

We gathered some top tips on maximising your home’s selling potential for a quick sale.

By LLM Reporters  |  July 7, 2022
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Are you looking to sell your home and move on to somewhere new and exciting? If so, you’ll likely be looking for ways in which you can get plenty of potential buyers through the door and a quick sale in order for you to get work on that lavish new abode of yours. That’s the dream anyway, and while there’s no guaranteeing that you’ll have offers coming from all angles within days of your home being on the market, there are ways in which you can ready your current property for a successful sale.

You may find that your current home is in pretty good shape and that there isn’t a lot to do in order for it to go on the market, but there will always be some elements that need checking off to get your home ship-shape and ready to sell. Below we’ve taken a look at seven ways in which you can ready your property to be put on the market, so read on for some top tips on maximising your home’s selling potential for a quick sale.

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Before you even think about searching for the best estate agent around, you’ll need to look around with an objective eye and consider if any particular room or space needs updating. Image credit: Frazaz/Bigstock.com

Make interior updates

Before you even think about searching for the best estate agent around, you’ll need to look around with an objective eye and consider if any particular room or space needs updating. One of the biggest elements that will put people off buying a home is if the kitchen needs completely renovating. The same goes for the bathroom, so consider if it will be cost effective to put in a new suite, flooring, windows or other in order to get the best price for your abode.

Make sure everything is in good working order

Does your heating work effectively? Are you up to date on your services? Are there any light fixtures that need an electrician’s expertise? Making sure everything within your property is in good working order before you put it on the market is essential, so whether you need to ensure that you’re up to date with your annual gas boiler service in London, Leeds, or anywhere for that matter, act now to avoid delays further down the line.

Don’t forget about kerb appeal and gardens

It will surely be worth spending a little time and money in ensuring the outside of your property looks inviting, so as not to put off possible buyers before they’ve even stepped inside. Tidy up the garden of any weeds, mow the lawn, consider planting some bright flowers by the entrance and think about whether your house could do with a repaint or a new front door.

Facade of a traditional limestone house in Broadway, a large historic village within the Cotswolds in the county of Worcestershire, England.
Kerb appeal is how attractive your home looks from the street. Image credit: Alena.K/Bigstock.com

Declutter

Anyone who has viewed a house, whether online or in person will know that a clutter-free home is far more appealing than one full to the brim of trinkets, mementoes and general clutter. Even though they are purchasing the property without those items inside, it helps to show how big the space can be and will help potential buyers in imagining their own belongings in their new home.

Make it luxurious

One way to sell a property is to sell the dream, so take a walk around your home and consider if there are any ways in which you can add a few luxurious touches to each space. Could you swap out an old piece of furniture for a new, elegant version? Update your sofa cushions and seek out a matching throw, or purchase a stylish rug to uplift your interiors? Remember, any new items will be yours to keep, so it’s a win-win situation.

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When it comes to having photographs taken or inviting buyers into your property, don’t forget to add a few homely touches. Image credit: Frazaz/Bigstock.com

Lighten up

Your interiors, of course! As those potential buyers scour your home with the aim of making it their own, one of the best ways to add atmosphere is via the lighting. If you have viewings on a bright, sunny day, emphasise your garden by swinging open windows and French doors to highlight the outside. If dark and gloomy days are afoot, create a cosy space by turning on a multitude of lights to make the space feel as homey as possible.

Simple staging

When it comes to having photographs taken or inviting buyers into your property, don’t forget to add a few homely touches. Fresh flowers, welcoming scents, carefully placed furniture, coffee table books and good lighting, as touched on above, will welcome guests and present the property in its very best light.