Selling your home can be a trying business, particularly if you're still residing at the property. The situation is made even worse if you have children as they constantly thwart your efforts to keep the place clean and tidy ready for a visit from any prospective buyers. Unfortunately we have no magical solution for this, but our checklist below will at least make the whole process more manageable
The greatest sales pitch in the world isn't going to be able to shift your property if the place is a tip. Regardless of how tidy you are there is still more you can do to make your home sparkle. Before you have the photographs taken, get the carpets, sofa, windows, floors, kitchen, bathroom etc. and house exterior cleaned thoroughly, and aim to maintain that level of freshness until the house is sold
Sweep and Clear
If you have too much stuff lying around, it's going to make the space look smaller, regardless of how tidily it's arranged. You should look to 'de-clutter' as much as possible, storing away as much as possible. Obviously you still want your home to be functional, and not just a showroom, but consider stowing as much as you can in the loft or external storage. Don't be tempted to shove it in a cupboard somewhere. The potential buyers are likely to examine your home more thoroughly than a team of forensics', and when they discover said cupboard, it's going to give the impression of a lack of storage space. De-cluttering is also likely to save you time when you do actually move, as you will be more aware of your possessions and what you can get rid of.
You can make a considerable difference to the freshness of your home with a few small investments. Giving the walls a fresh coat of paint is probably the most obvious, but will also leave the biggest impression. You should also consider replacing some of the fixtures and fittings where applicable. For example new matching chrome handles for your doors would be a good start, and many cookers and hobs have buttons and dials which can be replaced when the original ones fade or fail. You can extend this theme of freshness further by putting freshly ironed (clean) linen on the beds, and clean folded towels in the bathroom. Flowers and plants can make all the difference in making a room feel more habitable and also, don't forget to harness the power of plug-in air fresheners
Get The Hell Out Of Dodge
Don't loiter around the property if you have the agent coming to show potential buyers around. You want them to be able to see it as their potential home, and any mention of it's current occupiers are going to detract from that. Make your home as anonymous as possible by removing any personal effects such as family photos, to help the buyers to concentrate on seeing it as their future home.
First Impressions Count
Make the outside as clean and presentable as possible. Review your front door. Does it inspire awe? Probably not, but a new coat of paint and a lion's head door-knocker might help. If you have a garden keep it trim and tidy, and consider a few flowers to brighten up the first impression it might convey. Try your best to keep on top of any loose litter or leaves that might blow onto your property, and keep your bins out of sight if possible.