Thinking of selling? How to get the best possible price for your house

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If you are planning to move you’ll want to get the best possible price for your current home. To stand any chance of doing that you need to make sure your property looks its best as first impressions really DO matter! Here are some hacks to help you get a great offer when you’re selling your home…

EXTERIOR UPDATES

It is best to start with the outside of your property. If your home looks unkempt when prospective buyers pull up outside your chances of selling it plummet. Have a think about what you would like as a buyer and then make those changes. Spruce up the paintwork, replace that tatty front door with a new one from this site and make sure your garden is tidy. If the guttering is broken, get it replaced before you put your home on the market.

A survey carried out by Dulux Weathershield showed that 93% of potential buyers are more likely to book a viewing if the house’s exterior is well-maintained. They will also pay more for a property that has been freshly painted – up to 25% more. So, it really is worth your while investing a little time and money into updating the exterior of your home.

INTERIOR UPDATES

It also makes sense to repaint the interior as well. The crisper and cleaner your home dΓ©cor is the better and it’ll help you get the best possible price when selling your home. These days, many people like the idea of not having to do a lot of work when they first move in. Typically, they don’t have the time, money or skills to do much with their new home, so the majority of buyers will be put off of buying a property that looks like it needs decorating or a lot of repair work.

Plus, the relatively small pool of buyers that are looking to buy a home that needs renovating will not be prepared to pay a high price. So, on balance painting and updating the dΓ©cor makes sense. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of time and money on this; it can be as simple as buying some new artwork, soft furnishings and a tin of paint. Plus, you will be able to take the new artwork and soft furnishings with you and use them in your new home. I’ve shared plenty of posts on my blog on how to spruce up a room without spending a fortune so check them out!

DE-CLUTTER YOUR HOME

Before the estate agent arrives to take the listing photos and video, go through each room de-cluttering. Be ruthless – throw or give away anything you don’t really like or use. Or, better still, list things for sale on Gumtree, Facebook or eBay to raise money for your move. De-cluttering will also help to reduce the stress of moving. The more unnecessary stuff you get rid of now, the less you will have to pack!

DEEP CLEAN YOUR HOME

Once you’ve de-cluttered, going through your home and giving it a deep clean will be much easier and faster. Your aim is to make it easy for prospective buyers to be able to see themselves living in your home. The cleaner, tidier and nicer your home is, the easier it will be for you to achieve this. And it costs practically nothing to clean up! I blogged about my 14-day tidy home challenge to get your home clean and cutter-free here, so have a read and work your way through the checklist.

Let me know how you got a great price when selling your home in the comments below – I’d love to hear your tips and hacks for sprucing up your interior and exterior πŸ™‚



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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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