Everyone who sells their home wants a quick sale and the best price. Sounds good? Luck has nothing to do with making it happen. Preparing your home in advance, to look its best, as well as planning for viewings carefully will lead to that speedy sale and top price that you want.

What follows is a guide to preparing your home, to make it saleable and attractive to potential buyers. Try not to be subjective and emotional; this is only a house, bricks and mortar, just like any product in a shop. It’s not your home. Let it go, and look to the future, when you’ll move on and this house will no longer be yours.

Have in your mind’s eye the moment where you hand over the keys, and various paperwork. Bid farewell to each and every room, and look to the future, and where your new home will be.

Make your house a blank canvas. Pack away your personal belongings, make the walls bare. This way, you’ll allow buyers the freedom to imagine this house as their home; their possessions, heirlooms and other personal items in place. They can’t do this if your things are in the way.

Most people clutter up their homes over the years. This won’t look good to buyers. Give away the things you don’t need to friends, family, or a charity shop. If you’ve not used an item for over a year, you don’t need it. Take your books off their shelves, and send them to storage, ready for your new home. Any items in regular use can be put in a box, which can then be retrieved as and when you need it. This way, you’ll also have made a start with the packing.

Naturally, buyers will be nosey. They’ll look in cupboards and drawers. If there is clutter, what message does this give buyers? On the other hand, if everything is organised and tidy, it says a lot about how much you look after the house. You should therefore make sure dishes are neatly stacked, shirts are hung together, and your shoes are lined up and paired properly. These little things make a big impression.

If you have a lot of furniture in your house, send it to storage. There’s nothing worse than a cluttered home; your buyers need to have the freedom to look around easily, as well as imagine each room as their own, and how they will use it. Once the bookcases are bare, remove them. If any items of furniture make a space look cramped, remove those too.

To help your house look as well maintained as possible, take the time to repair any minor issues. If there are holes in the walls, patch them up. Fix any doors or windows that are difficult to open or close. Make the effort to paint walls neutral colours. There’s nothing worse than a buyer remembering your house for a green bathroom or pink bedroom!

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