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How should I decorate my house when I want to sell it?

Whether your home is already on the open market or you’re simply looking into the selling process, we’ve outlined some key tips on how you can decorate your home, so it’s ready to sell. No matter what budget you’re working with, there are plenty of options for you to explore!

1. Decluttering

Decluttering can seem like a very overwhelming process, but it will make a big difference and really benefit you when you want to sell. Move around your house and deal with one room completely before you start another, decide what you want to keep, so you can then get rid of anything that you don’t. Moving home is the perfect time to start decluttering, as it will mean that you have fewer things to pack and can be much more organised when you move into your new home.

Doing this will help to add more space to your house, so when your potential buyers come around to view the property, they will be much more likely to see themselves living in your house rather than being distracted by any of your belongings.

2. Refresh the walls

Repainting your walls, doors, and skirting boards help to brighten up your house and will make a big difference when your viewers see the house for the first time. Try to stick to neutral, lighter colours; white is generally recommended for walls, as it lightens up your rooms and makes rooms look more spacious.

Especially if you’ve been asking yourself “how can I sell my house fast?”, spending some time repainting will help to speed the process up for you.

3. Fix any outstanding problems

This could be as easy as replacing any lightbulbs in the house that don’t work, but it’s always a good idea to resolve any problems now before they’re spotted by a potential buyer and impact your sale. Check that all of the radiators or heaters are working, as well as your outside lights and the built-in appliances. 

It’s worth also having the boiler looked over too to ensure there are no problems. When you move forward to sell, any buyer will have a survey done on the house anyway that will reveal any issues, but knowing about them beforehand means you can either fix them or sell making the buyer aware of them, so it doesn’t impact your sale and result in your buyer dropping out.

4. Clean before viewings

This seems like an obvious point, however, it’s surprising how often sellers don’t properly clean up their homes before they put it on the market and end up regretting it. Bad advertising photos will hinder your sale and put potential buyers off, so make sure that you’ve organised the house and cleaned well when these photos get taken.

You should also make sure that the house is in a good state before your viewings, as potential buyers can be instantly put off by the smallest thing. One place that homeowners will forget to deep clean is the oven. It’s an appliance that you will use almost every day but tends to get overlooked in the weekly clean. It’s also important to clean any carpets (ideally professionally if possible), as well as plump the sofas, open the curtains to let in lots of light, and of course the bathroom!

5. Update some of your furnishings

This can sound expensive, but it really doesn’t need to be. Shops like Matalan and Primark have got extensive home sections that can really freshen up your house without breaking the budget. Swap any coloured bathroom towels out for plain white ones, and make sure that they’re folded neatly when your viewers visit. Update your living room with some pops of colour by adding some new cushions to the sofas. You can also buy some fake flowers and place them in the centre of a dining table or a windowsill, to avoid them wilting and becoming an eyesore.

By replacing just a few items in each room, you’ll see just how inviting it makes your house, making it much more attractive to potential buyers.

6. Assess your lighting

Something that gets overlooked the most but that has the biggest impact in a home; lighting can really change the entire look of every room. Look at adding standing lights in hallways, small lamps in your bedrooms on either side of the bed, and remember to open the curtains in every room, too, so you can show your potential buyer its potential.

7. Rearrange the furniture

This is one of the easiest things that you can change. Your house will be arranged how it suits your needs best at the moment, but to highlight to your buyers the amount of space you’ve got, rearranging things can help this. Look around your living room, for example- is there a better place for your coffee table or tv unit that will offer more space? Could the sofa be pushed further back to provide more of a walkway? These little changes can expand the size of the room and make the house much more appealing to your potential buyer.

With just a couple of small, simple changes to the interior of your house, it can become a buyer’s dream. It will also help you get organised before you move and can even make packing easier too. Remember, you don’t need to make all of the changes listed above, but just by actioning a couple of them, you will notice a dramatic difference, and your house will feel more homely and inviting.

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