Important things to consider when selling your home

If you have been enjoying this glorious sunshine, you can bet that everyone else is too, which could mean good news if you are trying to sell your home. The warm weather entices people out of their homes, so it could be a great opportunity to see a new house in its best light.

Putting some work into your home before you put it up for sale can make all the difference. Many sellers make the mistake of thinking their home is already in perfect condition but usually there is something you can do to improve your chances of a sale. Here are some important things to bear in mind before you put your property on the market.


First impressions

When a potential buyer comes to view your home, the last thing they want to see is shoddy workmanship, a poor paint job and untidy rooms. Many home buyers also drive past the property first to get a quick first look so ensure that your front door is coated in fresh paint and that the entrance is presentable. Cut your front lawn and place a few plants around the door. Remember that the buyer wants to be able to see themselves living there so ensure that you take out all family photos, clean up all the clutter and paint the walls in neutral tones. Try to keep the flooring the same throughout your home if you can afford it as this creates the illusion of more space and bigger rooms.


Create space and light

Remove any bulky furnishings and move them into storage for the time being. Any unnecessary furniture will only make rooms appear smaller which is unfavourable if your rooms are already on the small side. Keep window blinds and curtains open and choose light colours to let more natural light into the rooms. The bigger the home appears, the more likely it is that potential buyers will think they are getting a fantastic deal. Another way to create more space is to combine your dining room and kitchen. If there is a wall between them, knock it down as this will give the illusion of a bigger kitchen. Create another room by converting the attic if it is large enough.


Look at your home from a buyer’s perspective

You should be incredibly proud of your home as it stands, but try not to be biased. Remember that you are making a business transaction so try not to look at it from your own point of view. Start from outside and work your way in. What will a buyer see? Even if you love the current decor, it may not be to someone else’s taste. If you do not need extra space, consider the fact that buyers see extra space as a positive thing. If you are struggling to look at your home as a buyer would see it, have a friend or acquaintance come in to point out anything you may not notice. There are also independent experts who you can ask to visit and give completely impartial advice.

The key is to remember that this is not going to be your home anymore. Although you will be attached to it, the process of selling it is a business transaction so depersonalising it should help you see your home in a new light. That way you will also be able to sell your house fast.




I’m Mary Cummings, a ghostwriter, collaborator and all round word doctor. I help business owners write and publish business books; I'm also passionate about helping creative freelancers find work that they love - their work sweet spot with work on their terms, projects they love and clients who are a dream to work for.

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