There’s no denying that the housing market is a bit challenging at the moment. Between the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis, many sellers have reported that selling their homes is taking a lot longer than it should, causing all sorts of problems. And while we might not be able to do anything about the state of the housing market, we can provide some tips to help you sell your home a bit faster. 5 tips, to be exact.
We know you can’t tell the future, so we don’t expect you to know exactly who will buy your home on an individual level. Instead, this is more about figuring out what type of person will be able and interested in buying it. For example, a 3-bed house in a town centre might be perfect for a young family, while a 1-bed flat may be better suited for a professional. That doesn’t mean that will be the person who ultimately ends up buying the house, but it will help you get the property staged to attract them. knowing who the buyer is and having them in mind will help you decide what to show, and what not to show, potential buyers.
There’s a lot of prep work that goes into selling a home, and it’s all too easy for you to forget things along the way. So create a master to-do list of everything, big or small, that you need to do, and tick things off as you go. Whether it’s filling in forms or getting the grass cut, if it goes on the list, it’s more likely to be done, and that will help you sell much faster.
Most homeowners will have a mental list as long as their arm of things that need fixing around the house at some point. Well, now is the time to get around to it and tackle that list. Get on top of some of those basic things. You know, the doorbell that doesn’t ring, the carpet that’s come loose on the stairs, the cracked tile in the kitchen. Why? Because while these things might be small to you, they show guests and prospective buyers that you aren’t doing basic maintenance on the property. This will leave them wondering what other maintenance you haven’t been doing and could result in a lowball offer or losing the sale completely.
No one wants to view a cluttered home, so before you book any viewings, make sure you’ve thoroughly de-cluttered. This is something you would have to do during the move anyway, so it’s just a case of moving it up a bit. If the clutter contains things you want to keep, pop them in a box for self: storage. If you haven’t got a self-storage unit yet, you’re missing out- it’s a movers best friend! As well as de-cluttering, you’ll want to depersonalise your home a little too. Buyers will want to be able to visualise how their own belongings will look in the property. Make that easier for them by removing as many of your personal touches as you can, leaving out a few things you think will appeal to your ideal buyer.
On the days you have prospective buyers coming to visit, there are a few things you can do to increase the appeal of your home and avoid accidentally putting people off. Consider:
All of this can seem a bit daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
At Blue Box Self Storage we work with a lot of people who are at all stages of buying and selling property, and who need a little extra space while they sort things. If you’d like some help, or to view one of our units, just get in touch with the team at one of our locations today.