Selling your house can be a stressful experience. Ideally you would like it to sell as quickly as possible for the best possible price. Worst case scenario would be to take months and months before selling it, thus delaying your wish to move on.
Here are some of our top tips from Stop & Store Lowestoft that will help you sell your house easily. We know that to sell your house fast takes more than luck. If you present it to potential buyers in the best way possible you are more likely to be able to hang that “Sold” sign up.
To make this selling experience less traumatic for you, you need to make your house as attractive as you can. There may be faults such as a leaky tap, mould in your shower cubicle or a cracked windowpane or two that you have lived with and you may not even notice any more. But potential buyers will notice every little fault and will point them out. While you want to sell your home for the best price possible, obviously the buyer will be looking to get your house for a bargain price. So it is advisable to fix these faults before having them pointed out by a buyer.
Buyers like to imagine what their life would be like living in your house and the less time and money they would need to spend on maintenance and repairs when moving in, the more positively they will view your house.
Store the clutter
It is very distracting and disconcerting for a buyer to walk into a house that is messy with spaces cluttered and untidy. Make sure that the rooms in your home are defined for purpose, so if you advertise your home as having a dining room, make sure it looks like a dining room and not a place where stuff gets dumped when there is no other space to store it.
Research has shown that a 3rd bedroom will add more value to a house than a study or a storeroom, so if you are advertising your house as 3-bedroomed, make sure that the room looks like a bedroom.
By making the spaces in your home look well-defined will enable potential buyers to imagine themselves living in those spaces.
At Stop & Store Lowestoft we advise you to rent one of our self-storage units to store all these items that need to be cleared away while your house is on show. Our units can be rented for periods of 1 month up to as long as you like.
Clear the surfaces around the house
Messy surfaces create an impression to the buyer that there isn’t enough storage space in your home. So if you do not have space in your cupboards you can pack up all the stuff you don’t use every day and put it in storage. This will create the impression that there is enough storage space in your house.
By placing your excess belongings in storage will make the decision which of these can be removed from your life permanently, easier to make.
Clear surfaces in your kitchen will give the impression of more space and that everything has its place.
If you have excess clothing lying around as your cupboards are overflowing, pack your seasonal clothes away to store at your storage unit. This will give buyers the impression that there is enough cupboard space in your house.
Depersonalise your house
To sell your house quickly requires that you show buyers how your house could work for them, rather than how it is working for you. It is probably not working for you very well which is why you are selling it. It may be too small in which case it may be overflowing with your belongings. By objectifying or depersonalizing your home you make it a neutral space which is known to appeal to buyers.
Research as shown that living rooms, the kitchen and the main bedroom are the rooms most likely to impact on the sale of your house. These are the key rooms that ought to be depersonalized first before any buyers are shown your house. To sell your house you need to appeal to as wide an audience of buyers as possible.
Here are some ways to achieve this:
- Paint over bright accent walls and remove busy wallpaper. Neither of these are to everyone’s taste but a coat of paint in a neutral colour will make the room appear brighter and more spacious.
- Put children’s toys away to minimize the appearance of clutter in all areas of the house. Buyers need to visualize themselves living in your house surrounded by their belongings, and a cluttered space can be very distracting.
- Remove family photos from walls and surfaces, pack away any personal collections, and evidence of your hobbies. Don’t let buyers be met with evidence of your porcelain doll collection, your sporting memorabilia or your arts and crafts materials. Buyers want to imagine how their life in this house would work. Remember it is not about your life in this house any longer as you are ready to move on.
Your belongings can be safely stored in our storage units at Stop & Store Lowestoft. Making use of this facility will enable you to present your house look its very best for a quick sale at the best price.
Stop & Store Lowestoft is conveniently situated near the railway station in Lowestoft and can also service Oulton, Hopton on Sea, Kessingland, and surrounding areas. There is easy access to the units for convenient loading and off-loading. Our units, which vary in size from 12 sq. ft. to 200 sq. ft., are modern, steel partitioned rooms which are clean, dry, and secure. Rentals are available from 1 month to as long as you need with no contracts. Make use of our Space Calculator if you are not sure how much space you need for storage, or contact us and we can assist you.
The storage facility is fully secured with monitored CCTV and intruder alarms. We offer a secure place for your belongings whilst selling your house, or for any business or personal storage, accessible seven days a week.
Please contact us on 01502 580005 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.