Congratulations, you’re having a baby – the beginning of your new life, and a motivation to sell your property and be happily settled in your new home well ahead of the due date for the new arrival.
Your Purplebricks Local Property Expert will understand your situation and be able to support and advise you every step of the way. It’s in everyone’s best interest to ensure the process flows smoothly with minimal stress for you as parents to be, and that’s where the Purplebricks experience shines through.
As ever, the most important element of getting the ideal sale is to know your buyer. Your Local Property Expert will give you great advice on this. However, I can let you into a secret, your ideal buyer is - You! That is, the person you were when you bought your home in the first place, before the magic happened and parenthood came knocking on the door.
So, what are your priorities for achieving a good, fast sale? Think back to when you bought the place. What attracted you to it? What made it perfect for the lifestyle you had then and how have you changed it since you moved in?
In all likelihood, you originally bought your home with a plan to live there on your own, with a partner or even as newly-weds. Perhaps children weren’t on the horizon while you worked and played hard, enjoying sports, hobbies and holidays. Your flat or small house was perfect at the time, but life has changed and it’s time to move on.
Unless you live a completely minimalist lifestyle and are hardly ever home, you’re going to have stuff you don’t need, use or love which hangs around in your home because you’ve never had to deal with it. It’s recommended you carry out a major declutter and de-personalisation of the space. It’s important to do this before the marketing photos are taken to make the best visual impact.
What’s taking room in your cupboards and behind chairs which doesn’t need to be there? It’s common to see rooms full of boxed shoes and trainers, kits from forgotten hobbies, boxes of university paperwork, DVDs and games consoles spread across the floor and wardrobes so crammed with clothes that the doors have broken... none of which are going to inspire a prospective buyer to make you a great offer.
Get ruthless with it all. Not only is it holding you back energetically, it’s taking up valuable space and makes your home look smaller than it really is.
There are plenty of websites bursting with information on how to declutter efficiently. You can do it yourself or ask for expert help, either way, it’s a good idea to get your home sorted ahead of viewings to give the best first impression of your home and demonstrate the vast amount of space your home can bring to a potential buyer.
Your next step is to style the property for the buyer. This is where you must imagine yourself in their shoes and create an aspirational space which someone is going to be frantic to live in. The way you maximise the available floor area, demonstrate the fabulous storage and present your home is the difference between having buyers queuing up to purchase and flicking past your listing without a second glance.
Interiors Therapy makes all the difference. Fix the broken doors and leaks, replace the popped light bulbs, invest in beautiful bed linen and keep floor space clear. Then look at what’s on your walls. What does your art say about you? Your buyers will pick on things they see at a subconscious level and judge whether this is the life they want for themselves. Choose something inoffensive, or if you are interested in Feng Shui and want to make the best use of the energy of your home, select an image which supports that area of your home. Essentially, you want to present a dream lifestyle for your buyer and your best bet is to create a show home and live that way until your contracts have exchanged.
Hint: if you’ve forgotten what a show home looks like, go and check out some high spec new developments nearby. They are cleverly designed to make the most of very small spaces and, of course, don’t have any clutter at all!
Moving house with the support of Purplebricks is designed to be straightforward. So, get ahead of the game so you can relax, enjoy your pregnancy, and look forward to the arrival of your little one.
Suzanne Roynon is an expert Interior Therapist available for consultations in person in the UK and Europe and also by Skype.