How to get your house ready to sell
Planning to sell your home? Just as buying a home, selling your home is also a ‘big thing’ because, your home is A BIG THING (Both by size and investment!). With a list of tasks ready to follow up to complete the entire process of “HOME SALE”, the start has to be just right. It couldn’t be pursued if you don’t know how to get your house ready to sell in the first place.
Listen to what the experts have to say, work on your part, get an external support and there, you will be ready to sell you house without any hassle.
A sneak peek into the steps that could help you decipher how to get your house ready to sell:
Step 1: Accept that it would no more be “YOUR” home.
Slowly minimise the psychological attachment.
We all know that “Home is where the heart is”. But it It works either way. ‘Heart is also where the home is’ and it ain’t a simple task to change the fact that it is “YOUR” house. It is going to be someone else’s home now, and it’s important for you to get emotionally prepared to leave that favourite balcony niche where you read your books, the bay in the living room that is your grandma’s sewing space, the wide kitchen counter that has been your ideal snacking spot and other ‘favourites’ in your house. It is not just about you, but your entire family to accept the fact that there is going to be a new reading nook, sewing space and snacking spot.
This step of detachment though a small one, makes the entire process much easier.
Step 2: Sell the dear furniture.
Remove the personalised look.
The next step is removing the traces of attachment from your home. Usually it is not the physical wall boundaries that relate to you, but the decor that layers the physical features – The ones that your eyes are used to. It is mostly the furniture or the interior features that could actually be removed or moved (along with you!). Your choice of curtains, your choice of material for the furniture, your desired wallpaper pattern and others of ‘your choice’ are what define the personal aura in the space.
While selling the house, the above “layers of appeal” will have to be taken off, opening up the space for personalisation by the new user. Because, the new users have to get a plain canvas of space, to get ‘their choice’ take its place in the new home.
A profitable option would be gaining a few bucks out of the “layers” by selling them.
Imagine, if you moved the macro household items like furniture along with you, the damage that the ‘packers and movers’ cause would cost you atleast 1/4th of the worth of your items. Rather than sacrificing the worth of those furniture in these damages, you could sell them right away while you are at this place.
Your familiar neighbours are your buyers-next-door who would be interested in getting your things at the best prices so you needn’t worry about packing the great load of things.
PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH IT: WEBSITES. The online platforms can help you sell your furniture.
Step 3: Prep up your spaces!
Get your Storage cabinets in sight.
As studies suggest, sellers usually look for the comfort factor first! While all the personalised layers are removed, nothing except the four walls remain in sight. So how could the space get the right appeal?
It is with the storage cabinets. You could show off the storage capacity.
Being the only irremovable and non-personal layer of decor, storage spaces could open up opportunities for the user to get an idea of the actual ‘room for their things’.
Because, imagine, even if you are a buyer, all you’ll be able to comprehend is the room for your – wardrobe to fit in, crockery to take its place and the other large-scale equipments that couldn’t fit in your old house.
A neat organised storage also covers up the contours of the wall, making the space seem seamless, and ideal for any interior idea that the buyer might come up with. You could also make the entire home visitor-friendly and walk-able by hiding the scattered packed items in the storage cabinets. This way the visitor would also end up getting a good impression on your house.
Remember, “The first impression is the best impression.”
Step 4: Get your home fit!
Do the repairs and fix the issues.
To make a home sell-able means making the home live-able for the people ready to buy.
It has also been observed that buyers see the usability factor as the top-most priority. Especially in this point at 21st century where most natural resources are on the verge of depletion, people would want to nestle in a ‘live-able’ space that is filled with pollution-free air, ample water sources and other life essentials.
- You pipelines are in good state. Because, a buyer would want to see a seamless water-flow while turning the faucet.
- Any broken tiles or flooring issues are fixed. Because, a buyer would want to walk without tripping.
- Roof leakages are fixed and proper surface coatings are given to prevent future issues. Because, even on a rainy day’s visit, a buyer would want to get the feeling of a home with warmth.
Have an eye for
WOOD areas: Make sure the wood surfaces in doors or windows are seamless. Fix with paint coatings or add gloss with varnishes.
METAL areas: Make sure the metal surfaces are rust-free. Remove the rust and try using powder coating or any oil based coating to prevent the surface further.
BRICK/CONCRETE areas: Make sure the cracks are fixed with the right sealants and coatings to prevent from further issues.
PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH IT: A HANDYMAN. Reach one!
Step 5: Get the help of your side portions.
Consider renting a part before the whole job is complete.
It is true that “Good things take time”. And so will your ‘home selling mission’. Across this mission, you’ll arrive at a point where some parts of your house will be ready while other parts will be on process. This completion will take months together. So before that, there a way to grab some earning from it!
Plan A: Rent out a side portion.
See if you could get your side portion cleared. If the space has a double door entry and an agreeable access, consider your renting done.
- Make sure there is a surety of enough privacy in the space.
- Check if your new neighbours would bother your clearing process or buyer visits.
Plan B: Divide your FOR-SALE areas.
See if you would want to split your house for sale. This way, the process will be easy and the earnings will be high. You could also get the funds for your new space from this!
Also, it is known that large spaces are hard to sell. Splitting it up will make the job easier.
“Large spaces are hard to sell.”
With breaking up your spaces, you are only breaking your work.
PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH IT: REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT. Hire one!
Step 6: Ensure presentation because it’s show time!
Start staging your home for appeal to the seller.
‘Staging your home’ would almost sound cliche when the subject on ‘how to get your home ready to sell’ comes. Yet, it is one core area to be focused. From the major real estate developers to the small independent house owners, it is proven that home staging helps.
Displaying the best version of your home is almost like displaying the best version of yourself.
Get the basics right.
- Allow the sun in. Brightly lit spaces radiate positivity.
- Make way for the visitor. Give enough space for the visitor to wander and get the best views.
- Give makeover to the way. Get the flooring polished.
- Ventilate. Make the visitor feel the comfort with the breeze.
- Add greenery. Houseplants and well-done gardens are a immediate liking for anyone!
- Push the furniture to background. Move them towards the wall and let them all fall in the same line of vision.
- Add flavour to the background. Get the walls painted. You could also cover them up with curtains!
Want to take it way further? Choose between Professional and DIY staging. See which is befitting your space and check if it is worth the cost.
PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH IT: STAGER. Hire a stager or reach a staging business!
Step 7: Choose your platform to announce!
Post your home sale online.
Whether you plan it or not, the quickest way to make your house ready to sell is taking the sale online. With a number of websites aiding home sale, one click on “Upload” and your house will be ready for its sale online!
Before you choose your platform, have a certain points on your mind.
- See which website is well-known and highly preferred in your locality.
- Go for the genuine looking websites. Because, you don’t want spam calls everyday.
- Upload the right details. If the price is negotiable, mention it. Mention everything. This will help you scrutinise.
- Get the help of the support person or agent in the website if you have difficulty scrutinizing.
Choose the right website. You could also get the help of Social Media in this. Just post about your sale on Facebook or Instagram!
Step 8: Capture the photogenic aura.
Get your home’s best picture on the internet.
When the choice of online announcement comes, the content matters. Make sure that the best pictures of your property are the ones that go online. Get the right angles, balance lighting, focus on the essentials and get a great composition overall. Being the first trigger of interest for the user, it is important to have the best pictures on display. Psychologically, on a display, having both Price & Amenities with the original image on the side gives a satisfactory vision that is almost equally significant as an in-person visit. You could also consider editing the pictures to help it reflect the quality of the space. If you find difficulty in get the pictures right, get professional help.
PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH IT: PHOTOGRAPHER. Hire a professional photographer or a specialised architectural or interior photographer to capture the best shots.
Step 9: Make the space extroverted.
Keep your house open for visitors, always.
You might be an introvert, but your home need not be the same! Now that you’re set to get your house is ready to sell, it definitely has to be extroverted.
“Open up the space. Open up to the visitors.”
It is quintessential to have your prepped-up home get all the fame it deserves. Remember, you could get potential buyers anytime. Have your doors open, get your garden trees pruned and most importantly, have the windows open, to help the visitor get a view of the interiors right from the outside.
Step 10: Get the hype up!
Place a sale board outside your home and feel the difference.
Though small as an idea (even by size), this is one method that could literally work as a catalyst to speed up the reactions from the buyers with interest. Now you needn’t break your head on how to get your house ready to sell. It will happen automatically!
A bright red board with simply the words “FOR SALE” in white, hung on your gate, could do wonders!
Most people find difficulty in locating the house for sale, breaking the interest that was building inside the buyer. To bring in clarity in both the message and the location, a simple message board would do. Try adding
- Your contact details to make up for the times you wouldn’t be present.
- A link where people could view the pictures or 360 degree views.
- A catchy punchline, probably with a touch of humour, that wouldn’t let people forget your house.
Try every way to reach out to the buyer.
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AUTHOR PROFILE Akshaya Muralikumar is an avid architect turned writer who strives to explore the depth of details in the subjects across Construction, Architecture, Interior Design and Marketing. Being "An Architect of thoughts" she has been 'building' her thoughts across multiple web and print media.