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Top Ten Tips to Prepare Your Home for Market


If you are thinking of selling, be sure to check out our Top Ten Tips to Prepare Your Home for Market. In this guide, we will help you with everything you need to know from creating that perfect first impression to general maintenance around the home.

Let’s dive in…

1. Declutter and Depersonalise: Remove personal items and clutter to help potential buyers envision themselves living in the space. After all, you are looking for buyers to feel comfortable in their new home!

2. Deep Clean: Give your home a thorough clean from top to bottom, paying close attention to every nook and cranny, from the carpets to the windows and everything in between.

3. Repairs and Maintenance: Keeping on top of DIY and home improvements will make a big difference when viewers start to arrive at your door. Fix any visible issues, like doors that do not shut properly, peeling paint, or broken tiles. A well-maintained property is more appealing and more saleable.

4. Curb Appeal: First impressions matter. Tidy up the front garden, touch up or paint the front door, and ensure the exterior looks inviting. Top Tip: Stand at the end of your path or driveway and have an objective look at the front of your home. If it’s not 100% appealing, there’s work to be done.

5. Lick of Fresh Paint: A fresh coat of neutral paint can do wonders and help make your home look more modern and well-maintained. Plus, the smell will help your viewers see that you have made the extra effort. Be sure to aerate the rooms with ample time before the doorbell goes. (Make sure the doorbell is working properly too!)

Nigel Fitzgerald
Proud Business Owner of Lock & Key Estate Agents.

6. Home Staging: Consider professional staging to showcase your home’s potential. Staged homes tend to sell faster and at better prices. If you are not in a position to engage with professionals, spend some quality time walking through your home and be critical about what would potentially not look or feel right for your buyers.

7. Update the Kitchen and Bathroom: We are not suggesting you spend thousands refitting these rooms, but these rooms are key selling points. Even minor updates, like new taps or cabinet handles, can make a big difference.

8. Enhance Natural Light: Open the curtains and blinds to let in natural light. Make sure all bulbs are working, and use warm, soft lighting where possible to give it a homely feel. This is extremely important during the winter months. Top Tip: If you have a sunny aspect in your home, give the windows a once over and make sure people have a clear view into your garden.

9. Remove Pet Odours and Evidence: Not all buyers are pet lovers, so make sure your home doesn’t smell of pets and remove any evidence of them during viewings. Whilst we appreciate your pets are a part of the family, we are looking at preventing there being any negatives in your home during your viewings.

10. Set the Right Price: This is an IMPORTANT ONE. Our experience and knowledge of the Melksham market is one of our biggest assets for our clients. Set a competitive and realistic asking price. Overpricing can deter potential buyers and delay your chances of achieving a sale.

We hope you have enjoyed our 10 Top Tips to Prepare Your Home for Market. Remember, the presentation and condition of your home can significantly impact its marketability. Investing time and effort in these preparations can increase your chances of a successful sale in the UK’s competitive property market.

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