6 Steps to selling your house in Scotland

17th April 2023
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Selling your home can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation, you can maximise your home’s selling potential and get the best price possible. Whether you’re looking to upgrade to a bigger home or downsize to something more manageable, these seven tips will help you get the most out of your home sale. With the right preparation and the right attitude, you’ll be on your way to a successful home sale in no time.

Step 1 - Declutter and depersonalise your home

Before you even start staging your home, you’ll want to declutter and depersonalise. Start by going room-by-room and getting rid or put into storage any excess items, even those on your “maybe” list. Clearing out your closets, drawers, and cabinets will make room for staging pieces and give your home a clean and open feel. Take down family photos and artwork, remove screwdrivers, and other small personal items from kitchen counters, and replace them with fresh flowers.

Step 2 - Make any necessary repairs

It’s always best to make any small necessary repairs before instructing a surveyor to undertake the home report. If possible, fix any cosmetic issues and major problems like a broken heater or a leaky roof before you list your home, you don’t want to scare off potential buyers.

Step 3 - Improve curb appeal

Your front garden, or even your front door, can make or break your home sale. If your garden needs a makeover, now is the time to start planning. You can also take smaller steps to improve your curb appeal, like weeding, edging, and planting flowers or applying a lick of paint to the fence. In the summer months make sure to keep your lawn mown and your shrubs and flower beds neatly maintained.

Step 4 - Highlight your home’s best features

When preparing your home, the goal is to highlight your home’s best features. This is where a little bit of creativity and imagination can go a long way and your estate agent will be best placed to advise you. First, tackle the rooms that will be most visible to potential buyers, like the kitchen and the living room. A cluttered and disorganised kitchen can make your home feel cramped and uninviting, so declutter your kitchen and make it feel larger. In the living room, keep your furniture comfortable and your décor neutral but emphasize any unique features such as an ornate fireplace.  If you have magnificent views viewers will be compelled to look so be sure to keep them clean.

Step 5 - Stage your home

Staging is the process of arranging furniture and décor to create a well-designed space for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. It’s designed to make your home appear more spacious, attractive, and appealing. To stage your home, start by decluttering and de-personalising your home as described above. Next, use your imagination to bring your home to life. You can try different furniture arrangements, add pops of colour with cushions and décor, and make sure each room has something on the walls.  Once again your estate agent should be happy to help advise you here.

Step 6 - Instruct an estate agent

An experienced estate agent can and will do so much more than simply market your property.  As well as providing you with professional photographs and videos, a For Sale sign and promote your property as standard, they can also help you stage your home, will review comparable sales in your area, be able to advise you on the current local property market and will perform all negotiations with potential buyers helping you to achieve the best possible price for your home. An estate agent can help you sell your home faster and for more money than you might be able to on your own. A great estate agent will always go the extra mile and will be with you every step of the way.

In conclusion

Selling your home is an exciting and potentially life-changing event. With the right preparation and a positive attitude, you can increase your home’s selling potential and get the best price possible. By decluttering and depersonalising your home, making any necessary repairs, improving curb appeal, highlighting your home’s best features, staging your home, and hiring the right estate agent, you will maximize your home’s selling potential and get the best price possible.

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the Scottish Highlands, call Monster Moves today on 01408 525001 to speak to Kendra.

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