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One of the most difficult and stressful parts of moving home is selling your existing one. You will need to conduct viewings and make it as appealing as possible, so that you can start moving on with your new life.

But it’s not always that easy. Many buyers are incredibly picky, and rightly so since they are effectively choosing a home to live in for the rest of their lives. So anything that might put them off may set you back significantly. 

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Fortunately, there are so many things you can do to add value to your home and ensure a quick – and profitable – sale. Here are five top tips to get you started.

Declutter

A messy house is the first thing that will put off a prospective buyer when they walk through the door. If you have clutter all over the floor and crumbs all over the surfaces then it will make them wonder what other mess is hiding around the house. A tidy will create a positive first impression and allow viewers to focus on the house itself, rather than the mess inside it. Make an effort to keep your home as clean as possible, and even consider hiring a cleaning company if necessary.

Improve curb appeal

The first impression a buyer will receive of your home is when they pull up outside it. Curb appeal, therefore, is incredibly important as it will set the tone for the rest of their viewing. Make sure your driveway and garden are clean and clutter free, and consider adding some greenery to make it more attractive. Cover up any cracked and peeling paint and make any major fixes, such as a garage door repair, before anyone comes to see the property. 

Add a fresh coat of paint

Over time, walls get scuffed and dented so it’s a good idea to give your interior a fresh coat of paint before putting it on the market. Make sure to use neutral colors as this will make your home seem lighter and larger, as well as making it easier for buyers to envision what each room will look like when they’ve adapted it to their needs. 

Appeal to their sense of smell

Smell is the most powerful sense when it comes to evoking pleasant emotions and memories, so make sure your home is full of tantalizing scents when buyers come to visit. Begin by clearing away the sources of any bad smells, so take out the bins, unclog the drains, and open the windows well before they arrive. Baking bread or cupcakes is a great idea, but brewing coffee will do if you don’t have the time. Candles and air fresheners positioned throughout the house will also have a huge impact.

Fix and clean everything

If there are any repair or cleaning jobs you’ve been putting off, make sure you get round to them before you start conducting viewings or this will repel any prospective buyers from wanting to move in. Whether it’s broken appliances, stained carpets, or patches of mold in the bathroom, either fix them yourself or call in a professional to do it for you.

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