You have decided that you need new scenery in your life and decided on moving house. Or maybe circumstances forced you into relocation. Either way, if you were a house owner before the move, you need a buyer for your soon-to-be old place in order to pay for your new life. Or you just need a buyer to completely leave the past behind. In any case, you have to work on your house to make the best deal possible before you start calling the removal services. Here are some things to consider before you seek out a real estate agency for advice.
- Cleaning house. Nobody will take the house if you leave it in a chaotic state. You need to do some thorough cleaning to make the place as appealing as possible. Get some friends over, hand around the dusters, cloths, sponges, mops, and cleaners, and start wiping, scrubbing, mopping, and vacuuming away. Don’t miss any rooms. Don’t miss any spots. Don’t miss any stains. The shinier the place is, the higher the price you can ask for it.
If you are not willing or able to do the cleaning yourself, find a cleaning agency. There are many of those, just ask around for the best one, and hire the professionals to do the job for you.
- Painting house. You need to “de-personalize” your house. In case you had it themed, or stylized it to reflect your character or persona, and don’t bother to “reset” it after yourself, you risk to limit your potential buyers. The best and sure offer will come for a neutral house. Take out the white paint (or light gray, or why not even beige) and hand around some brushes, and start the new paintjob.
- Start de-cluttering. Go around the rooms and go through all your furniture, decorations, and other items you may have in store. Decide on what you will be taking with you, and what you will do with whatever you are leaving behind. If you are taking more things with you, give careful consideration on what kind of moving company you will be using – the more things you are moving, the more reliable the movers need to be. Just like the paint, if you are leaving specific furniture behind, it will limit your options, especially if the potential buyers are looking for unfurnished lots so that they can bring their own things. Consider selling your old possessions, or, if feeling generous, why not donating them. You could even seek out storage services to keep them around until you figure out what you want to do with them. And not just the furniture – don’t forget about the carpets! The new owners might not be fond of carpet cleaning, so spare them the need to do it, or just let them bring their own carpets.
- Gardening. Does your old house come with a yard? You might want to mow the lawn and do some garden clearance to remove all the fallen branches, twigs, and leaves, and give your lawn some appeal. If your potential buyers are gardeners, they will greatly appreciate the effort and will be more willing to pay the price you offer.
- Know your price. Speaking of prices, after you have done resetting the old home stead, now it’s time to figure out what kind of price you will ask for it. You should do some market research, and see how the real estate business is doing, check out other houses for sale and see what they have and what they cost. After that, set a reasonable price. And be real about the price – not everybody today is able to pay a high price.
- Get help. Think about getting an estate agent. He or she can give you a true appraisal, and help you with setting the price of the house. The agent can personally look for potential buyers, and even sweeten the deal for them and for you. The agent is probably more aware of the market, so he or she would be a great asset.
After all the preparation for selling the house is done, all you need to do is call the house movers and get ready to start your new life while waiting for your old home’s deal to be done.
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