Before you actually put your house on sale, it is wise to view your house objectively. Go outside and see your house as if you were seeing it for the first time: what could be better? Then go inside and view your house room by room. Make a note of the possible improvements per room. It is not a bad idea to have this done by a friend; perhaps you have become so fuzzy with your house that certain defects no longer stand out.
The first impression counts. Even before the potential buyer enters your home, he or she has already formed an opinion about your home. Is the front door nicely painted? Is your garden cared for? A nice container with plants soon gives a positive impression. Put the garbage bin out of sight.
Now that you are going to sell your house, it is high time to do those little jobs that you have always postponed. Paint spills, work peeling walls, replace bare pears with clean lamps, hang a fresh new shower curtain.
Sometimes it pays to invest in a refurbishment in which the most important defects of your home are tackled. For example, an investment of 500 euros can sometimes mean a difference of 5000 euros in sales price. But first consult with your broker or a revamp to significantly increase the value of your home.
There is nothing that pays off as quickly as a paint job. You show your house at its best when all the walls are evenly painted. Use light, natural colors. Accents can be applied with brightly colored cushions or other colored home accessories.
Does your kitchen block not look very nice anymore? An easy, inexpensive procedure is possibly to replace the kitchen cabinet doors or by giving them a new color. With the accompanying primer this can be done without problem and very easily. If you also install beautiful details such as designer door handles and handles, your kitchen will look as new again!
Bathrooms sell houses, so let them shine. Check and repair unsightly joints along the bath and in the shower. For extra allure, show your best towels and shower curtains. A flower can do wonders.
If you have a garage, make sure it is clean and empty. Put the car outside for a moment. You can even borrow an attractive car and park it in front of the door … That too is taken care of!
Do not give the impression that you have already bought a house. Do not put stacks of moving boxes in the house. Have you already moved? An empty house makes it difficult for potential customers to get a good idea of the size of the rooms. Leave some furniture behind in your old house and let the curtains hang.
Make sure your house is clean and tidy! A clean and tidy house is much more attractive to potential buyers than a messy house.
Let it smell good in your home: for example to baked bread or to a freshly baked apple pie. Air your house. Put a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers on the table. A fruit bowl (with citrus fruits) makes it fresh. Brighten your furniture with wax.
If your home is visited, do lighting in a few strategic places. This increases the atmosphere even during the day. And: make sure that the rooms have a comfortable temperature, even if you are not there yourself.
If possible, make sure that you and your housemates are not at home during a viewing. If you have a dog or other pet, take it for a long walk.