If you ask your real estate agent to sell your house quickly, expect a whirlwind pace to ensue. Providing your paperwork is in order, your agent could call you today and tell you that she could have prospective buyers to see the house within the next 2 days. This means you have less than 48 hours to prepare your house for viewing.
It’s a short time to prepare, but it can be done. You would tend to delay, the more time you are given, so a short time frame can motivate to accomplish things as quickly as possible.
Here are tips to help you prepare your house for sale on short notice:
Create a list
The first you need to do is make a list of all the things that you need to focus on.
Break your tasks into smaller tasks to prevent you from getting overwhelmed. Make a plan of the things that must be done, write them down, and then physically do the work. This includes prioritising. For example, if you’re getting the house ready to be photographed, put things that don’t need to be pictured in one room, then sort it out before you open the house for visitors.
Leave no evidence
Homes that look effortless are more attractive to prospective buyers. For example, if you live in a tree-laden area, allocate a huge portion of your short timeframe on getting rid of the leaves in the roof gutters and racking the lawns so that buyers will not consider all the work it takes to live there.
Conversely, it is not advisable to give the timber in your verandah a quick stain to spruce it up. This is not ideal because it will make the property smell. Avoid things such as painting, except if you utilise low-odour paint. If it’s too noticeable that the house was newly painted, the buyers may think that you trying to cover up something.
Edit and declutter
Decluttering is one of the most important steps in getting your house ready for sale. Take out all the items that you don’t need, including decorations and ornaments, furniture, and other things kept around the house. You can store the additional items in your garage or you can ask a neighbour, family or friends if they have extra space where you can store your things.
During this time, there’s no need to worry about boxing up your belongings for the actual move. Just focus on quickly making space in your home. There is time to go through all your belongings in more detail during the settlement period. By doing this, you create a new look and let prospective buyers feel a sense of flow around the home and the garden.
You won’t be able to do everything yourself given the short timeframe you have. Outsource the tasks that other people can carry out to allow you to pay attention on the job that you are needed for. If you have kids, include them or have them stay with someone for the day while you and your partner do the physical work needed to prepare the house for sale.
One task you can easily outsource is cleaning. This should be a major focus because it can make a huge difference in pictures and first impression. You can hire a professional cleaner, or ask family or friends to help you out.
If your timeframe is more than a day, you might consider more professional help. You can hire a professional to paint or clean the windows while you do the packing up of bits and pieces inside the house.
Hope for the best
The amount of effort you put in is what you get out of it. The days will be long but all your efforts will be worth it.