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If you’re planning on selling your home in 2017, there are several steps you can take to get ahead of the game. Selling a property can be a long, drawn-out process, but if you’re smart and organised, there’s plenty you can do in advance to get the ball rolling.

  1. Essential Maintenance

When potential buyers start looking around your home, if they notice areas that are in a state of disrepair, they will wonder what else is wrong. So get on top of any outstanding maintenance tasks. For example, holes in plaster, ill-fitting doors, cracked window panes, etc. If you have a list of DIY projects, start as soon as you can.

There are some tasks that are not always visible, but you can be sure that buyers will ask about them. For example, is your boiler up to code? Fuel is expensive, and an old boiler may not be economical.

If this applies to your home, look into boiler installation or repair services. You can also benefit from the savings until the house is sold.

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  1. Get Rid Of Clutter

As potential buyers enter your home, they will be imagining themselves living there. It’s your job as the current homeowner to make this as easy as possible. If the house is stuffed to the rafters with your possessions, this will not be an easy task. The first step is to declutter. This will benefit you too as you don’t want to take a lot of unwanted possessions to your new home. Plus, reducing items will also reduce your removal fee.

Start in a small room of the house. Take everything out of cupboards and drawers and go through items one by one. Decide whether you want or need to keep it. If it is no longer required, either give it away, donate it to charity, recycle it or dispose of it. If you have a lot of clutter and anticipate that this process will take time, tackle it bit by bit. If you have a lot of rubbish, hire a skip. This will make the process a lot easier.

If after decluttering, your home is still looking as though it’s stuffed with furniture, etc. consider removing some of the items until you have moved. A friend or family member with a large garage may be able to help. Or, consider renting storage space for a while.

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  1. Decorating

It may feel strange decorating your home when you intend to move out. However, if your current paintwork is looking a little tired, it’s worth giving it a fresh coat of paint. This will give the impression that your home is well cared for. It also makes it easier for people who want to move in straight away without having to redecorate first. Opt for a neutral palette to provide a backdrop for a range of personal tastes.

  1. Exterior

When sprucing up your home, don’t forget the exterior. Buyers often drive or walk past properties before booking an appointment. Therefore, your job is to make it look as appealing as possible from the street. Tend to any broken fencing or walls and clear any debris from the garden. Make sure everywhere is tidy with flowers and bushes neatly pruned. If the exterior paintwork has seen better days, give it a lick of paint.

Once you have made the decision to sell, it’s never too early to begin that process. Help potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. You can then get on with finding your own dream home.

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