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Essential Updates & Maintenance Before Marketing Your Home

If the time has come to sell your home, there’s a lot that needs to be thought about. When it comes to selling up and moving on, it’s not just a case of sticking a ‘For Sale’ sign outside; there’s so much to making a sale than that. If you want to get a good price for your home and a quick sale, you need to take the time to ensure that your property is in tip, top shape.

Start with the garden

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If your garden is looking a little messy, this needs to be fixed. The truth is, a garden that’s not spic and span is a big turn off for a lot of buyers. While you may find some buyers willing to take on a home with a garden that needs work, it may take longer to make a sale. That’s why, if you want your home to sell quickly, a beautiful garden is a must.

If you don’t have an aptitude for gardening, you could always hire a landscape gardener. Your front garden is the most important, as this is one of the first things potential buyers will see. That’s why it’s crucial that before you start advertising, you ensure your front garden is in good shape.

Neutralize your decor
You might love bright, bold decor but your potential buyers may not. To make your home more sellable, it’s a good idea to decorate in neutrals. There’s something about neutral colours that make properties more appealing. Perhaps it’s the fact that they look like a blank canvas that can be transformed into just about anything?

To make your home easier to sell, it’s a good idea to decorate from top to bottom in neutrals. As well as creating the feel of your home being transformable, neutral colours can also make small spaces look larger. When it comes to buying property, space is an important issue, so the larger your home looks, the better.

Have your home’s appliances and systems checked

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The last thing you want is potential buyers coming to view your home and noticing that an appliance or system doesn’t work properly. It’s little things like this that can quickly put buyers off, as homes that have problems are often seen as not being well maintained. That’s why, before you start marketing your home, it’s a good idea to check the appliances and systems.

Start off by checking your HVAC systems – aka heating and air con. These can be expensive to replace, so buyers often pay careful attention to these. If you don’t know how to check these yourself, hire an expert to check them for you. While heating system and ac repair can be expensive, if it helps your property sell, it’s worth it. Once you’ve checked the HVAC systems, the next step is to look at your appliances. Anything that’s staying in the property – from the cooker to the shower, needs to be check for any damage or faults.

Declutter
Last but not least, make sure to declutter your home. If there’s one thing that screams lack of storage, it’s a property that’s cluttered. One of the most important things about a property is that it has adequate storage.

That’s why, before showing buyers around it’s crucial that you declutter. If your home is cluttered, this will instantly put buyers off.

There you have it, a guide to all the essential updates and maintenance that you need to do before putting your home up for sale.

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