{Lifestyle} Get the best price 

When it comes to selling your house everyone knows this can be a lengthy process, we see houses that are sat on the market for months sometimes even years. However this doesn’t have to be the case, there are a number of things you can do yourself that can help boost a sale and get the best price. If you try some of these simple things before getting a house valuation it could help you get the best price and a quicker sale.

 

1.  First Impressions

Presentation is everything, everyone wants a nice clean space to live in and if your house does not give this illusion then it can instantly put people off, especially if they are looking online for a house like (the norm these days). If the pictures look dark and doesn’t show the space well then the chances are you won’t get many viewings. I was once told that people decide within the first 10 seconds whether or not they like a house so first impressions really are important and can go a long way which can help you get the best price for your home.

2. Blank Canvas

First things first, turn your house into a blank canvas – make it look fresh and new so that whoever comes to view your house can see it as a clean space and picture their own furniture within the layout. To do this you need to make it neutral, start by getting rid of any patterned wallpaper that may not be to everyone’s taste. The odd feature wall is fine as long as it is soft and in a small area, for example a chimney breast. Secondly give a fresh coat of paint to the walls around the house, try sticking to colours such as white and creams as these make the place look fresh and clean and again are neutral and won’t put people off, personally I prefer cream as it has a warmer and more homely feel as sometimes white can seem a bit stark.

3. Space

Once you have freshly decorated walls look at your furniture, is it positioned in a way that utilises the space available? Does it block pathways? For example I once looked round a house that had a corner sofa in a very small living room which meant that as soon as you walked in the door you were automatically stopped by one side of the sofa which makes the room seem smaller and less inviting. Try to think of ways in which you can organise your furniture that makes the room seem bigger, even if this is not how you would normally have it, when you think of how show rooms have their furniture it is not always in positions that as a family you would place them but they have been cleverly placed to maximise the space and almost trick you into thinking it is bigger.

4. Keep it minimal and tasteful

Next have a look at your belongings such as ornaments. Again it is important to remember that everyone has different tastes so try to keep it minimal and tasteful. If you like having lots of ornaments up and being surrounded by things then just try putting some away for now and remember that it is not forever, once you have sold your house you can put whatever you like on display in your new home. This will de-clutter the rooms and make it seem bigger and fresher.

5. Storage and Cleanliness

Next on the list is smell and cleanliness. Always ensure your house as clean as possible, mops floors so they are sparkling, brighten the windows to make the house lighter, Pick up any clothes or kids toys that are hanging around when you have a viewing. Although this seems obvious and simple it can make all the difference. One of the main things a lot of people are looking for when buying a house is storage, so by keeping the place clean and tidy you are showing that you have adequate storage for the size of the house. Try lighting a candle or adding an air fresher to make your home seem inviting.

6. Outside is important too

It is important to look at the outside of the house too, if it has overgrown plants and weeds everywhere then people will see that it is unkempt and will instantly think of the work that needs doing. So sweep the pathways, pull out any weeds and trim any plants that need it. If paintwork is chipping give it a fresh lick of paint so that the house looks as inviting as possible and won’t put people off before they have even come inside.

Utilise these 6 tips to help you get the best price for your home before you getting an evaluation.

**This is a collaborative post written by my sister-in-law and I**

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  • These are definitely good tips for those who are looking to buy or sell. I am not in the market but these definitely make sense

  • when we bought out house it was disgusting. It was a new house but old style. We knew that would be something we could easily change

    • I think I would have been put off unless it was under asking price

  • Melissa Bernardo

    Great post! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful tips. 🙂

  • I have been looking at houses this morning and you have hit the nail on the head when you say that a blank canvas works best! A rug that looks out of place or dodgy wallpaper has been a few of the deciding factors on my haunt because although you can change those things, once you see it like that it is hard to shake off:-)

  • Great post.
    I know whenever I’ve viewed a property to buy before, I’ve always tended to steer clear of houses with too many personal touches, because even though everyone knows to look past it, a blank canvas will always win over for me.
    Anna x

    • I am in the same boat blank canvas always wins

  • Great tips – I think I am fortunate and I can always see past someone else’s style (or lack of!)

  • Fab tips – my parents are planning a move this year so will send my Mum a link to this!

  • Awesome tips! My house used to be so cluttered when my kids were growing up, but when they were old enough to help around the house, the transformation took place. Now we prefer the minimalist theme. It looks better and makes the house look bigger.

    • I think minimalist is the way to go

  • Some really good tips here, I find the whole buying and selling house thing far too stressful x

  • Clo Nevaeh

    Selling a home can be hard. It’s always important to get the right price. These are great tips for us to know when we move in a few years.

    • It is hard selling I am told

  • Good tips!! I sold my house in 2014 after my late husband passed away. These tips are very similar to what my real estate agent told me. To remove clutter, create space, clean carpets, paint walls if needed, make house spotless, etc. My house sold within 5 days. The tips work!

    • I am glad to hear estate agents gave same tips and house sold that fast

  • Elizabeth O.

    Not planning to sell my house any time in the near future but this sure makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the tips, it would be helpful in case!

  • Such a great post, we were recently looking at homes and first impression is defintely a key point to selling. I remember passing up homes simply because of the outside not bring appealing, I didn’t want to imagine what the inside looked like.

    • I know exactly what you mean, I was like that last year when house hunting

  • Great advice. Even little things can make a huge difference in the price you can get. You always want to make sure it’s uncluttered and clean, at the very least.

    • Absolutely, if I was selling I would definitely want it to sell well above the asking price because I would have put these tips into practice

  • These are really helpful tips. It’s so hard to envision your own family in a house when you don’t have a blank canvas.

  • These are all great ideas. I want to sell my house need to fix up a few things now that I read your article. Thanks for sharing.

    • You welcome Patrice and good luck

  • My father is trying to sell his house and I’ve been hinting bout some of these tips. I just sent it to him and I’m sure it will help. Thanks!

    • You welcome Tina and hope he sells above asking price

  • These are all brilliant tips. Now all of these points have been raised an explained I can understand why they’re so impertitive.

  • This is interesting, I have a friend who is selling her house, I think this could help her.

    • Thanks Nikki, good luck to your friend

  • Great tips – I have no plans to move, thank goodness, I have SO much stuff! I love seeing clear spaces but don’t have any!! Kaz x

    • Hahahaha lol it’s nice when you find a place that becomes home and you don’t have to move

  • I’m so glad to have come across this post–it is so incredibly timely! We are going through the process of selling some of our properties and I have never been on the selling side of these types of transactions.

  • Great tips! I love those chair covers and cushions too.

  • What great tips! We are moving soon and the most important feature of the house is its cleanliness and overall hygiene

    • Thanks, good luck with your move

  • Definitely good tips for those looking to sell or even rent their homes.

  • Fantastic tips! It always amazing me that people can’t see past what’s in a room — and are often put off (or totally taken in by) the owners belongings. But it’s absolutely true isn’t it!! They say the best way to get a feel for a space, in a room full of furniture is to look at the ceiling. That gives a perfect representation of the space, as it would be in an empty room!

  • Good tips! When we were house hunting last year, it was so easy to be put off by bad interior design!! lol

    • I was in the same situation when I was house hunting

  • Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    These are awesome tips! I am not planning on selling my house till my kids graduate from high school, but I want to get the best price for sure!

  • Good tips! We bought a house quite cheaply because it wasn’t presented that well particularly outside.

    • Unkept houses definitely sell for less than asking price

  • Great tips, we don’t own our own plave yet but when viewing one I definitely would be put off by clutter. When looking at a place I would need a blank canvas.

    • Thanks, clutter puts me off too

  • Wonderful tips. Yes, outside is important, too. Sometimes, we get too caught up beautifying the inside that we forget the exterior.

    • Absolutely I know I have been guilty of that in the past

  • These are awesome tips. We are planning to renovate the house. I could use these tips.

    • Thanks hope they are helpful

  • Fi Ni neachtain

    I wish I was in the position to sell a house, or better yet, buy one! Cleanliness and a clear space would be such an important thing for me when sussing out a new house, you want to see a blank canvas, not clutter.

    • Absolutely, clutter would put me off too