When you want to sell your house, you can spend hours working out the best way to get the highest price for your property.
It begins to consume your every waking minute and you will do anything you can to increase your chances of selling your home quickly and easily.
Lists of house improvements that will help increase the value of any property can be found easily online. But what about the things they don’t tell you? Have you ever thought that looking at the things that decrease your property value and making sure you don’t fall into any of those traps, may actually help sell your home quicker than installing that new kitchen or building a conservatory in your garden.
Here are Quick Move Now’s top five things not to do if you want to sell your house.
In this day and age it appears that trends change quickly and dramatically. What was hip and happening even just a year ago, can look outdated in your property and hamper your chances of selling. Just think shoulder pads and shell suits and you’ll appreciate how things change! When it comes to interiors, bigger was better, but not anymore. A king-sized bed or sofa and giant TV set complete with built in surround sound video gaming and music unit can completely overwhelm a room and make even a nicely proportioned space seem tiny.
It seems obvious but sometimes it is the obvious that needs pointing out. The sights and scents of your pets, last night’s dishes or dirty washing will not go down well with anyone wanting to buy your house. Keep things fresh and clean and make sure your washing is done before you open your home to viewings.
- Amateur DIY
The plethora of home improvement programmes on TV has led everyone to believe they can do it all. Unfortunately, the simple truth is, many of us cannot. Poorly done alterations will not only put off potential buyers but will decrease the worth of your property. Nobody wants to spend a fortune on a home they then have to completely renovate when they move in. Call in the experts if there is a major job that needs doing. It will be worth it in the long run.
On the flip side to this, a house that doesn’t appear to have had anything done to it in 30 years will also be a huge turn off for potential buyers. If your house is still clad in pebbledash and your interiors littered with floral sofas or fuchsia pink walls, the price you will get when you manage to sell your home may be well short of what you had hoped for. A lick of (very neutral coloured) paint and a clear out could work wonders.
- Swimming pool
Believe it or not, swimming pools are right up there on the list of reasons people struggle to sell their homes. If you have acres of lush green grass in the garden, don’t be tempted to pop in a pool. It seems that too many of us worry about the safety aspect and the costs involved in maintaining a pool. So while it seems like a nice idea during that one week of British summer time we actually get, you may be better off just filling the paddling pool and keeping your lawn larger.
So when you’re lying awake at night wondering how you are going to sell your house, remember – it may be about what you don’t do, as well as what you do!
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