My last article looked at the first step of preparing your house for sale – decluttering. Now we’re going to move onto the next step, depersonalising and DIY.
It’s always difficult to depersonalise your house, especially if you have lovingly decorated it to your own taste. As an example, I enjoy travelling and lovingly chose my favourite travel photos, had them printed and selected several frames that made a collage on the wall of the downstairs loo. However, when it came to sell my home, I realised that people didn’t want to see how I lived in the house, they wanted to image how they would live in the house. As a result, I took down all the pictures, filled in the holes and repainted the walls. It made the room far less clutters and it looked a lot bigger.
I truly believe that by making your home as easy for the buyer to think of it as their own, the easier it will be to sell and at the asking price you want. Remove items that are personal to you and provide a sense of how you use the space. Think about your potential buyer as your customer and make it easy for them to see their furniture and items in their new home. I suggest removing:
– personal family photos
– children’s drawing, stuck to the fridge
– items that you may have picked up on holiday but may not fit the property
– any furniture that does not fit with the age of the property, may be too old or too new
The next item is DIY. If you were shopping for a new car or even a second hand one, you wouldn’t expect to buy it with a dent in the door, a crack in the windscreen or the headlights not working. Therefore, don’t expect a potential buyer to ignore a dripping tap, a broken cupboard handle or a broken lightbulb.
Ensure that you:
– remove busy wallpaper and paint over dark paint with a neutral shade
– fix any leaking taps
– fix cupboard doors, handles and draws
– repair any cracks in the walls
– replace any broken light blubs
– reseal around the bath or shower if it is mouldy or badly applied
– open windows to remove the smell of cigarettes, pets or other odours
– replace old or worn out carpets
If you don’t have the skills to do these items to a good quality yourself, then ask a trade to do it for you. It really is worth the investment.
I hope that you are finding these tips useful. Next week we look at step 3 – cleaning.
As always, if you have any questions, please post them below and I will respond as soon as I can.