There are a lot of really exciting and important moments in your life, starting from when you are born. Some, you look forward to tremendously. Some, you completely dread. We revisit this topic from time to time each year because your home is a big piece of this list. If you’ve ever owned or rented a property, do you remember the feeling that you had when you finally decided on one? It can be so stressful but so satisfying when the process is over. In fact, the emotions are probably so memorable that you never want to do it again. Alas, this is frequently not the case, and sooner or later, you’re going to need to sell or rent your home. This is where the Taylor Fencing team is here to help. Think that we’re only experts in premium fencing solutions? We are, but our knowledge and passion extend far beyond that. It was only after decades of studying, designing and constructing the best fences around that we realized how much we loved learning about houses at large. So, we love to help make your homes beautiful for both you and everyone who lives in it afterwards.
Let’s dig into exactly what you need to do if you’re planning on selling your home. There are so many resources out there, that you don’t know which ones to pay attention to. You don’t know if you need the really long and comprehensive list. You don’t know if there are a ton of steps that you can immediately cut out of the equation. Sometimes this is enough to just make you throw in the towel and unfortunately, that’s not an option here. Instead, we’re here to issue just another reminder that you can count on Taylor Fencing and our blog as a single source of truth, one that’s trustworthy and honest. Read on for our tips on exactly what you need to do (and what you don’t need to do) in advance of selling or renting your home. Don’t be scared, we promise to keep it to five tips.
- Decluttering is the first thing that you’ll need to check off the list. Believe us, it may seem daunting at first, but as soon as you’re in the process, you’re going to love every minute. You can channel your inner Marie Kondo – the expert in disposing of or giving away anything that doesn’t bring you joy. On the flip side, you’ll probably discover a number of items whose whereabouts you completely forgot about and love them all over again. Either way, homes that are decluttered look a lot larger and more open, which can only benefit you when it comes time to sell.
- Time to dust. You really do need to do a full clean of your home, whether it’s something that you own or something that you bring in an expert for. If you feel confident in your cleaning skills, this is an easy way to cut costs. If you don’t, and many of us don’t, then there is absolutely no shame in ringing up an expert. Let’s be honest, when was the last time you walked into a dirty home and felt encouraged to put down an offer. Hopefully, cleaning (at least minimal amounts) is something that’s done on a regular basis. If that’s the case, this should be a walk in the park. If not, it’s time for an overhaul. This means sweeping, mopping and polishing every nook and cranny – especially tackling dust bunnies and the like.
- Touching up paint is next on the agenda and we’re talking about both inside and outside. We’re guessing that the paint jobs on the inside haven’t gotten too bad, otherwise they would have bothered you a long time ago. That said, especially if you have young children or pets, they may have scuffed the walls in areas closer to the floors. Now, it’s the outside that you really want to focus on. Your exterior paint sees the wrath of Mother Nature and she’s not always kind. Take a very stern eye to your home as you survey it and always over assume that you’ll need to paint more than you actually may. Better safe than sorry.
- Update your landscaping – inside and out. Here’s another item on the list where the outside probably comes to mind a lot more, but your interior matters as well, especially for showings. Depending on what season it is, refresh your plants and flowers outside, ensure that they’re properly cared for and on a regular basis. Now, to carry the trend inside, pick bunches of flowers that are specific to your home and decorate social areas like your living room and dining spaces. You’ll create a clean and cohesive look. There’s also just something about flowers – unless visitors are allergic (steer clear of those with heavy amounts of pollen), they tend to make people (read: prospective buyers) happy.
- Finally, it’s time to start marketing. If you think your home is ready to be shown, but you’re not quite ready to put it on the market, then you can ease into things, by promoting it with your closer circle of community members. We live in the information age, we’re sure you’re aware since you’re on our blog right now. That means that you don’t need to just pick up a phone and start the age-old phone tree. Instead, you can start a private Facebook group, a tweet tagged with the name of your neighbourhood, or even create an Instagram story only shared with your friends, showcasing just how beautiful the home looks now. There are no wrong answers here, as long as you trust those that you’re sharing the content with and don’t believe that they’ll use it in any improper ways that don’t work in your benefit.
As we said, we know that important life events like this can be overwhelming, but that’s what we’re here for. Don’t fret, pick up the phone and give us a call.