Life doesn’t get more stressful than when you’ve got the house on the market. It’s not just wondering if you’ll get an offer or if an existing offer will fall through, it’s the ongoing effort to keep the place pristine all the time for viewers.
Here are three tips to help your home always look its best, and achieve the best possible selling price.
Declutter to Create Space
You’ve heard it a million times, but presenting clear floors and surfaces along with tidy garages and gardens really does make a difference. Tidy, spacious-looking homes sell far more quickly than those that appear cramped or with little storage.
There’s another bonus, too. When you have fewer possessions cluttering surface or storage areas, quick tidy-ups when viewers give little notice are much easier and faster.
The quickest way to declutter is to go through possessions and divide them into two types – those you don’t need or want, and those you want to keep but not have on show.
Items you’ll want to keep could include:
- Furnishings that don’t quite fit but which have special meaning in your life.
- Clothes you’re not currently using but will want in a few months.
- Out of season sports kit, camping gear or garden machinery that’s lying dormant.
- Box files containing important documents that you need to keep safe.
Packing these items up and putting them in self storage frees up space at home, giving you scope to create the sort of spacious and airy feel home buyers look for in a property.
Items you definitely don’t want anymore can raise a little extra cash if you sell them, or alternatively consider donating them.
Optimising Home Storage
How possessions are displayed also plays a big part in creating a desirable looking home:
- Make rooms look bigger by lifting items off the floor. Favour open shelving, for instance, instead of bookcases or display cabinets.
- Swap blocky furniture for items on legs. They create fewer deep shadows and give the illusion of more floor space.
- Make the most of storage furniture such as toy chests in children’s rooms, pieces with drawers built-in in living rooms (to hide remotes and other gadgets), or beds with storage to free up space in closets and cupboards.
Buyers can, and will, peep inside cupboards and having items neatly arranged with some space to spare creates an impression of organised living in a home with more than enough storage.
Finding Those Hidden Spaces
Every home has some hidden tucked away corners that could be used better.
- Under the stairs – often a dumping ground, but if shelves or small drawer racks are slotted in, shoes, cleaning materials, tools or toys are neat and contained.
- Under or over kitchen cabinets – most wall cabinets stop well below the ceiling, leaving loads of space for additional shelves where little-used kitchen equipment or decorative ceramics could be housed. Beneath cabinets, the space is almost always blocked off. Replacing kickboards with hinged doors would provide lots of hidden storage.
- Other little used areas include above doorways. A shelf here would be ideal for a small library.
Using self storage for items you want to hang onto but keep safe and secure outside your own home, then maximising clever storage with the things that set your selling stage, are two keys to successful and profitable home sales.