Saturday, 19 August 2017

Prevent Home Hassles With Buying, Selling and Moving!

When you are selling your home, the last thing you can feel like doing is putting money back into the property. After all, you won’t be living there! However spending a little time, money and effort can mean big rewards, not only will you attract more buyers but you’re more likely to get a better price too- in fact, small changes can add thousands onto the value.

Clean and Declutter
When you’re getting ready to sell your home, the very first thing it’s worth doing is having a clean and declutter. Start in each room, throwing away, donating or selling things you no longer want (you might even make a bit of money to moving costs!) and boxing up anything you won’t be needing until you move. Label everything properly and make sure you’re wrapping breakables properly, so they don’t smash. This way you’re ahead of schedule and organised. If you don’t have room to store the boxes, you could hire out a self-storage container or use your garage. It saves there being a huge rush and is something you will definitely thank yourself for.

Book Your Moving Company
Moving companies can book up quickly. As soon as you have your moving date, call around some local companies for quotes and then get yourself booked in. Unless you have a lot of hands on deck from family and friends, it can be worth calling in the professionals since heavy pieces of furniture and lots of lifting all day can be extremely hard work. If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of strong people helping you could get away without them, and just hire a large van to drive yourself instead.

Sell Your Old Property
When it comes to moving house, the excitement of a new place can quickly take over. You might be looking at Pinterest boards, browsing homeware shops and thinking about colour schemes in your new place. But before you can do all of that, you will need to sell your old place. This can be a stressful and time-consuming process, but a property solicitor like Bannister Preston will be able to give you the help and advice you need along the way. To make sure you’re getting the very best price for your property here are some of the things you can do first:

Repaint The Walls
Home buyers tend to love neutrals. Avoid anything too bold, patterned or colourful and stick with very safe white, cream or gray on walls. It will create a blank canvas for viewers to picture themselves in, and also make the space look bigger which is no bad thing. If your walls are in bad condition, be sure to repair or have them skimmed first. There are no hiding flaws when it comes to plain, light neutrals, so everything needs to look clean and neat. But this isn’t something that will be missed by viewers, who will appreciate walls that are in good condition. It makes a home look fresh, new and well cared for.

Finish any Repairs
Before you sell, any repairs should be taken care of- even small things. Perhaps there are jobs that you just never got around to, they need to be finished before you start showing people around. These things will put buyers off and could knock hundreds- even thousands off the price Whether it’s a missing cupboard door or a half painted room, spend the time here putting them right and you will reap the rewards when it comes to selling.

Upgrade Some Areas
Certain upgrades buyers love, and given a choice between similar homes are more likely to swing to those with these things added. Hardwearing, easy to clean floor covering downstairs for example are ideal for families with children and pets. You could put down some laminate flooring, or something more luxurious like real wood, marble or granite if you were really looking to achieve a high price on the home. You could have the windows replaced to triple glazing, have the gardens landscaped or add energy saving features like solar panels. The world is becoming increasingly more careful when it comes to the environment, and eco friendly features are things that modern homebuyers love. Be sure to keep an eye on the ‘ceiling price’ in your area- this means that regardless of the upgrades you do your home is unlikely to achieve over this. But spending some money on one or two upgrades will help your home stand out and should get you a faster sale with more money.

Choose The Right Accessories and Dress The Rooms
Finally, dressing the rooms to appeal to buyers is crucial. The trick is to make your home appeal to as many people as possible, pack away your personal trinkets and possessions. Instead decorate with generic items such as plants, a clock, a rug and cushions to make the rooms look homely without looking specifically  like ‘your home.' Buyers will want to be able to picture themselves here, and so removing any distractions such as family photos and children’s toys is a good way to go. If your furniture has been packed and stored already, or if your current setup doesn't fit the look you’re trying to show in the home, you could hire furniture stead. High end pieces will give the home a more high end finish, which could be another thing that draws buyers in and appeals to them.

Buying, selling and moving home are stressful for even the most relaxed of people. But it’s worth it in the end, before you know it all of this will be done and dusted and you’ll be relaxing in your new property. A chance to start fresh and maintain the kind of lifestyle you want!

Are you in the process of moving home? What are you doing to keep your sanity throughout the process, and do you have any tips for others in the same position?

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