Two preparatory steps that you should take before trying to sell your home

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If you want to avoid having to wait months and months for someone to buy your home, it's important to take a few preparatory steps to make it more appealing to prospective buyers before you ask local real estate agents to start advertising it. Read on to find out what these steps are.

Modernise it

Dated furnishings and decor can put a potential buyer off a property, even if the property in question is in good condition. The sight of an avocado-coloured bathroom suite that was fitted in the seventies or faded floral wallpaper that's over two decades' old will deter prospective buyers because they will know they will need to spend additional money replacing these things if they buy that particular house.

As such, if it's been several years since you last updated your home, it's worth investing some time and money into modernising it before you put it up for sale.

Strip off all of the old wallpaper in your home and add a few coats of a neutral, bright colour, such as white, pale grey or magnolia. If your bathroom suite has seen better days, consider replacing it with a basic, white modern suite.

Additionally, if the carpeting is threadbare or has an outdated colour or pattern, you may want to either replace it with a plain beige or cream carpet or, alternatively simply pull it up, so that the floorboards underneath are exposed.

Finally, if you have a collection of mismatched old furniture, consider putting most of it into storage whilst your real estate agents host viewings, as this, too, could give your property a rather dated appearance.

Add a few finishing touches

Many real estate agents recommend that their clients take a few extra steps to make their properties more welcoming and enjoyable for prospective buyers to spend time in. Adding a few finishing touches to your newly-modernised home could make all the difference to how quickly you manage to sell the property.

For example, on the day that your home is due to be viewed by someone, you might want to place some freshly-cut flowers in a vase on your dining table or on the kitchen island, and light a scented candle in the hallway.

Additionally, if the viewings are taking place during autumn or winter, and you have a fireplace, it might also be worth lighting a fire, as this can help to create a cosy, warm and inviting atmosphere.


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