If you want to put your property on the market in 2023, now is the perfect time to start preparing it for sale. Doing so will help ensure that your property looks its best and can increase its value. Pre-sale renovations, repairs, and other changes can also help make the sale process smoother and faster. This guide outlines some steps you should take to get your NW3 property ready to show off!
1. Plan and organise any pre-sale renovations and repairs
Walk around your property and create a list of all the improvements you could make to the property. Whilst you may not usually notice the broken latch on the gate or the tiny crack in the ceiling, potential buyers will, and you want to fix these before you start showing the property. Identify items you can handle yourself and hire professionals to do the rest. Some repairs can take longer, so start now if you are serious about selling.
2. Declutter your home
When prepping your home for sale, decluttering is one of the most important steps. Start by sorting through your belongings—including furniture, knick-knacks, clothing, books, and more—and decide which items should be stored away or donated. You'll want to ensure everything is organised and stored adequately so potential buyers can focus on the features of your home rather than being distracted by clutter. Also, consider hiring a professional organiser to help you with this process.
3. Landscape your garden
Whether you have a small or large outdoor space, you must showcase it; buyers look at decks, balconies, courtyards and gardens as extensions of their homes, so making the most of these areas is essential. Following COVID- buyers are increasingly paying a premium for houses and flats in London with outdoor space.
The exterior of your home can considerably impact potential buyers' first impressions; as such, it's important to ensure your garden is well-maintained before showing off your property. If any areas need patching or painting around your garden or patio area, go ahead and do those repairs as soon as possible. It is also worth hiring a professional gardener to help with weeding beds, mowing lawns, trimming greenery, edging walkways etc.
4. Deep Cleaning & Curb Appeal
You'll also want to ensure that every nook and cranny of your home is spotless before prospective buyers come around; this means deep cleaning windows (inside and out!), window frames, cupboards and drawers throughout the house etc. Additionally, consider power washing paths and fences; sweeping paths; weeding garden beds; mowing lawns; trimming greenery; edging walkways etc. These minor touches can add up when potential buyers evaluate how desirable they find your property.
5. Styling & Staging Your Property
Presentation is a critical part of the selling process. Whilst it is not guaranteed, we have seen styling a property for sale add up to 5% - 10% to a price. Staging gives prospective buyers an idea of what their life could look like in this space if they decided to purchase it from you. Finally, remember those finishing touches! Consider adding flowers in garden beds or balcony pots/window boxes etc. Don't be afraid to get creative here!
Preparing a property for sale doesn't have to be overwhelming—it just takes some time and effort upfront to ensure a smoother selling process. This article outlined several steps NW3 homeowners should take when prepping their properties for sale, including decluttering their homes; landscaping their gardens; deep cleaning & curb appeal; styling & staging their properties etc. By taking these steps now, you can rest assured that when it comes time to sell, you won't have anything left undone!
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