Preparing Your House For A Sale After Lockdown

Preparing Your House For A Sale After Lockdown

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2020

With Government guidance in place for the housing market, property sales are still taking place. At Aspire Sales & Lettings, we appreciate many buyers and vendors are happy to wait before making a house move, but equally, there are reasons why households would be keen to move sooner rather than later.

You can rest assured we are taking every precaution possible to ensure you receive a safe and hygienic service, which also matches the lofty standards we aim to provide to every customer. If you have any questions or queries regarding the housing market, please feel free to contact us today.

If you are considering entering the market as soon as possible after lockdown ends, it makes sense to prepare for the process right now. There is a lot you can do right now to ensure you, and your property is placed ideally to enter the market confidently.

Make changes which create benefits now and in the longer-term

We believe there is a range of changes you can make now which offer short and long-term benefits. An example would be decluttering your home.

Right now, we know many households will benefit from a bit more space. Decluttering your home creates space, and we think many people will appreciate having a project to focus on. We also know many people feel decluttering and cleaning provides them with a positive sense of well-being, so what better activity to engage in right now than decluttering?

Of course, decluttering is a crucial factor in the sales process. At Aspire Sales & Lettings, we recommend vendors declutter as early as they can when selling their home. Some of the critical benefits of decluttering include:

  • Creating more space, making a home feel larger, appealing to buyers
  • Decluttering makes it easier to clean, which is crucial in presenting the property in the best manner
  • When you declutter, you reduce the personalisation of your home, which helps buyers to picture themselves living in the house

While decluttering is a great activity, please bear in mind some challenges of decluttering during the lockdown. You’ll likely find charity stores and local authority waste and recycling centres are closed. This may limit your options when it comes to disposing of items. However, if you can declutter and dispose of things later, this is a suitable task.

This is a great time to focus on cleaning your home

Similarly, if you can deep clean your kitchen, you will benefit in the short and long-term. All households should make hygiene a priority right now. By deep-cleaning the kitchen, the hub of your home, you can be confident in creating a healthy environment.

You’ll also find a sparkling kitchen connects with buyers. The kitchen is a vital room in creating interest in your home, and when it is spotlessly clean, you will generate attention for all the right reasons.

Another way to benefit in the short and long-term is by cleaning and improving your garden. If you have a garden, you should spend plenty of time there during the lockdown. A tip that offers short and long-term benefits is using a power hose to clean and clear all pathways, walkways and drives.

A clean drive is welcoming, it is safer, and it looks fantastic. Any homeowner who is keen to make a positive impression must jet-wash their walkways.

The work you do now will also help you connect with buyers. Your garden and exterior area influence buyers in forming an initial impression and a great garden impresses buyers before they set foot inside your house.

We know many homeowners will question whether there will be demand for property after the lockdown. We believe there will be. Low-interest rates mean many buyers will find mortgages affordable. It is also likely the Government will introduce measures supporting buyers, in an attempt to assist the housing market.

With these factors, there will be buyer demand, and you can prepare your home to impress likely buyers when lockdown ends.

When you are looking for specialist support in selling or letting, choose a local agent who listens to their clients carefully and who takes pride in providing the utmost in customer care. We appreciate these are challenging times, but if you have any property market questions, please feel free to contact Aspire Sales and Lettings, and we will do our best to assist you.