It feels like there has been nothing but rain the last few weeks when all you want is the sun to shine on your home. After all, buyers may be put off venturing out in the rain for a viewing unless it has it is a property they can't resist. This is why when you are preparing your home for sale preparation is the key. So why not use the weather to your advantage as we explore some of the best rainy-day tasks to help you prepare your home for a successful sale?
Gather your paperwork
Selling a home can involve a lot of paperwork, and a rainy day is a perfect time to gather it all together. Start by locating important documents like your title deed, and any warranties or guarantees that you have for appliances and service records for your boiler. Organise these papers in a folder or binder, making it easy to find when they are required by your conveyancer or estate agent. You should also gather any documentation and certificates related to building work and renovations you've made to your home. By getting all your paperwork together on a rainy day, you'll be prepared to answer any questions and also aid in having a smoother and swifter sales process.
Sort out your storage
We all have things that we have kept in storage in the attic, garage or shed, but do you know what is in there? The last thing you need when you are getting ready to move is to end up packing up all this stuff and moving it to your new home to only clutter your storage areas there. Clutter isn't an attractive site for buyers, potential buyers want to see organised storage spaces as it gives them an idea of the home's storage capacity. You can make a great impression by organising and decluttering start by removing any unnecessary items that are taking up valuable space.
Donate or sell items that you no longer need or use. Repack items you wish to keep so they are ready for your move, this will save you time when things start to get stressful. By tidying up your storage areas, you'll create the impression of a well-maintained and spacious home.
Rearrange your furniture
When it's raining outside, it's a great opportunity to reassess every room in your home, rearrange your furniture and create a fresh look in your home. Start by evaluating the layout of each room and considering how it can be optimised for space and functionality. Consider removing any bulky or unnecessary furniture pieces to make the space feel more open and inviting. Experiment with different furniture arrangements to find the best flow and showcase the unique features of each room.
Don't be afraid to mix and match pieces from different areas of your home to create a new and cohesive look. Rearranging your furniture not only helps to maximise the potential of each room but also allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in the space. So grab your tape measure, roll up your sleeves, and get creative with your furniture placement.
Highlight cosy, indoor features
With your furniture rearranged and every room has been optimised for space and functionality it's time to focus on highlighting the cosy features of your home. Emphasise the warmth and comfort that your home can provide through a soft and neutral palette and a mixture of textures. When preparing your home for sale think about the finishing touches such as lighting some scented candles and strategically placing them in areas that exude relaxation, like the living room or bedroom.
Create a cosy reading nook by adding a plush chair, a soft blanket, and a stack of books. Showcase your fireplace, if you have one, by lighting a fire and displaying some comfortable seating nearby. Consider adding soft, warm lighting throughout the house to create a soothing atmosphere. Make sure your home is well-heated, so potential buyers feel instantly welcomed as soon as they step through the door. By highlighting the cosy, indoor features of your home, you'll make it irresistible to buyers, rain or shine.
Let it shine
If you are selling your home and at a loss the next rainy day, take the opportunity to gather, organise, rearrange and highlight. When you let your home shine, buyers will be eager to view no matter what the weather. If you would like more advice on selling your home, call our team at Deakin-White.