If you’re thinking about selling your home when the market gets moving again in spring, then it would make sense to make use of this winter lull to get it into tip-top shape so you can make a move as soon as buyers start to come out of hibernation. Indlu estate agents in Manchester share some of their top tips:
Planning selling your home
The time between Boxing Day and New Year is a time when many of us automatically feel the urge to purge, as the arrival of this year’s batch of Christmas presents reminds us of how little storage space we actually have available. As a future home seller, you want to take this urge as far as you reasonably can, even if that means spending a bit of money to make the decluttering process happen more quickly.
For example, if you still have a lot of paper, photos/slides, old cassette tapes and/or old video tapes you’ve been meaning to digitize when you get around to it, then either get around to it or send them to a commercial service which will do it for you. If you’ve been meaning to sell some of your old clothes or other possessions, then either get them online or donate them because realistically if you know you don’t want them then your options are either get rid of them before you move or have to take them with you knowing you don’t actually want them.
The selling of your home can be an enormous source of frustration. When you’ve made the decision to sell your home, it’s likely because you have something else in the pipeline such as downsizing to a smaller property or moving to a new house / area for employment reasons. If there’s one thing that you can’t afford it’s to put your life on hold indefinitely while you wait for someone to buy your property. Read more
Give the interior of your home a very early spring clean
The exterior of your home may have to wait until spring actually arrives, but you can get to grips with the interior. Start by going through your home with an actively critical eye (or invite an honest friend around) and make a note of all the little jobs which really need to be done to make your house pristine again.
Then do them. Once you’ve taken care of this basic maintenance, it’s time to freshen up with a new coat of paint (ideally in a basic, neutral colour). Then take a good, hard, look at your textiles and soft furnishings and see what sort of state they’re in (or again ask a friend). If you’ve been in your house a while, the chances are that a good (steam) clean would be very worthwhile or even a visit from professional cleaners. Finally, see if there are any minor decor updates you could make to improve the look of your home.
Look for ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency
While it’s usually a bad idea to make significant updates to your home just before you (hope to) move, improving your home’s energy efficiency is generally a positive because it benefits all buyers regardless of their personal situation. It will also benefit you in the short term by reducing your bills over the winter. You might also want to see if you can use smart technology to improve your home in other ways (ones with broad appeal), for example smart doorbells which allow you to see and communicate with the person at your door even if you are not at home.
Indlu are a hyrbid estate agent in Manchester offering a no sale, no fee estate agency service for a fixed fee of £995 + VAT. Indlu provide expert local knowledge and offer a service to rival traditional estate agents in Worsley and throughout Manchester.