If you are planning to put your house on the market the last thing on your mind will be DIY. Once you have decided to move it is only natural to move on mentally and focus your time and attention on your new home, rather than the one you are leaving.
This is completely understandable. The logic is that there is no point in wasting time and money on a home that you are planning to leave.
However, there is a problem with this approach. Most Estate Agents will tell you that homes that are staged, and well presented, sell or rent faster, and for more money. Therefore, investing some time and money into making your property look better is always worthwhile.
Fortunately, you do not have to spend much time or money to get good results. Just follow the tips laid out below:
Deep clean your home
The first step is to spring clean your property. Doing so will make it look a lot better and uncover things that need to be done before you put your property on the market. Things like paintwork that needs to be touched up. It’s natural to stop noticing shabby paintwork or marked walls and stained floors, performing a deep clean will help you to see you home from the eyes of a visitor.
A cluttered and untidy property is always more difficult to sell than a tidy one. Therefore, you need to take the time to go through each room removing any items you do not really need. Clean shelves and bookcases look cleaner and bigger if they do not have as much stuff on them!
Box them up, sell them or give these items to a local charity. Doing this will save you from having to pack stuff that you are only going to end up throwing away once you get to your new home.
It also makes sense to pack some of the personal items that you do want to keep. This will get you ahead of the packing for moving day. It will also help people viewing your property to see the full potential of your home and be able to see themselves living there. You do not want your rooms to look cold and bare. Your aim is to make them look as attractive as possible without there being too many personalised items.
Get the paintbrush out
Once you have done the above make a list of anything else that needs attention. You do not need to redecorate everything, but if paintwork looks shoddy, you really should freshen it up.
Check out your floors
If your floors are worn, buy a couple of rugs to cover up the areas with issues. Flooring is something that makes a huge difference to how a room looks. People notice problems with floors. They also tend to assume that it will cost a lot of money to replace shoddy flooring, so can be put off buying your property. If your floors are bad, it is worth buying some lino or laminate flooring to solve the problem. You do not have to spend much on it, even the cheapest lino will look one hundred times better than cracked tiles, or worn carpet.