Preparing your home for sale is one of the most stressful things you can do; and there are so many things to consider before putting your house on the market that many of us normally ignore or simply forget the most basic things, those things that are important for others and could potentially delay the sale or reduce the value of your home. Although the house market remains active in big cities such as London, Paris and New York, it is true that in other parts has slow down – houses in some areas of the countries remain unsold for many months, many of those houses are sold at a loss due to financial problems; however, there are many things to consider when you take the big step of selling your home if you want to maximise your profit.


Getting Ready to Sell your Home

There are some basic and extremely cost effective things you can do in order to get ready to sell your home and get the best value; the most important thing to remember is that you are selling it to other people and your personal taste has little effect on others; it is highly recommended to re-decorate on a very neutral style as this allow potential buyers to imagine how they will put their own stamp on the property. Other things you can do are:

  1. Repaint stained walls, windows and your front door if needed – first impressions are important
  2. Search for any cracks in the walls – they must be repaired immediately and confirm there are not structural problems.
  3. Keep your house clean – that includes the windows, kitchen and bathroom, they must be spotless.
  4. Bring life and colour to your house – indoor plants are probably the simplest and most effective way to create a new and friendly environment to your home.
  5. Double-glazing is a good investment – many people are looking for a house in which they can relax and noise is not a good indicator.
  6. De-clutter – you will be moving soon so why don’t you start throwing away things before selling your home? EBay is always a good choice as you could make some extra money; if not, charity is your best option.


What to Check when Buying a House

You will probably be looking for a new house while selling your current home; so remember that the same things you are looking for in your potential new home are the same that other people are looking in your own and although decorating is probably the first thing to consider, there are other things you must take into account; these are:

  1. Kitchen and bathrooms: are they in good condition or would they benefit from an update? There are simple ways to improve their look without spending vast sum of moneys; for example, you can replace the doors in the kitchen units or the tiling in the bathroom if they are wasted; these are investment that could improve the value of your home.
  2. Loft Conversion: if you are looking to move in order to get more space, this could be a cost effective solution as it could add an extra bedroom as well as en-suite and possible a study; if not, this is something that will dramatically increase the value of your home.
  3. Garden: many families put a nice garden as the priority number one, they want more space and a nice environment in which their kids can play; therefore it is important to spend some time making your garden look its best, it doesn’t require a lot of investment and will help to sell your home faster.


Stop Condensation and Damp

Damp is probably one of the single and most important things to avoid if you want a good price for your home and the problem with humidity is that if it is left untreated for a significant amount of time, it could create structural problems to your property which is seem by the potential buyer as a big expenditure in order to fix it; also, depending on the state of the damp, it might get reported in the structural survey and mortgages could be refused. However, there are simple ways to avoid condensation and damp; some of them are:

  1. Open the windows on regular basis in order to regulate ventilation and reduce humidity.
  2. Install an extractor fan in the bathroom, kitchen and any other area affected by damp (if possible).


It is important to identify the source of the problem in order to attack it properly; and although there are many simple ways to deal with it; you might require a professional if the problem is bigger than what you originally thought.


Planning Permission for House Projects

Although the majority of DIY projects will not necessarily involve applying for planning permission; there are a few complicated projects that will need approval before any work is carried out; if you want to make any external change to your home, alter a load-bearing wall or add an extra floor, then planning permission consent is fundamental and although it is normally seem as one more bureaucracy process, this is necessary to ensure the changes are performed correctly and guarantee the safety of its tenants, as well as ensuring that the external changes don’t damage the look of the neighbourhood.


Find the Perfect Home

Selling your home is not easy; however, finding your new house is even harder; if you already are a home owner then your next property should be better than the previous one; more space or a better location are the two main motivator factors; however, it is not always possible to get both of them; this is why more and more people are opting for house auctions to get their house of their dreams. They normally need a lot of work and must have the cash available almost straight away but it is possible to buy one heavily discounted and put your own stamp by designing and decorating according to your own taste - it could be your own castle.