It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you want to sell your property you need to carry out some DIY to make sure it is in excellent condition before the “for sale” sign goes up. Here are some handy hints to make your home ready and presentable to prospective buyers.
Make a list for your estate agent so they know what you intend to take with you when you sell and what is included in the price. It is possible that a buyer may make you an offer for example on your white goods in the kitchen so they don’t need to replace. If the offer is good enough you can then decide. Fix any of those little DIY jobs you have been putting off.
Tidy up, clear away everything that makes a property look cluttered and too lived in. We all have different preferences about pictures and ornaments around a home. All you need to do is store them carefully in a box until you can unpack them in your new home and once again take pleasure in them yourself.
In Turkey whether your a local or a foreigner we have all gotten used to taking our shoes off before entering someone else’s house. The problem with this is sometimes we leave 5 plus pairs of shoes outside our own front door – its ok they won’t be taken it’s a custom. Take the shoes inside and put them in the shoe cupboard or the wardrobe out of sight, nobody wants to see a pile of shoes or smell them!
Clean the outside of the home including the front door and any windows and don’t forget the window sills. Sweep the area outside and mop on a regular basis so when the buyer approaches your home, it looks inviting, maybe add a pot plant or two. Don’t leave a bag of rubbish by the front door either to take to the bin when you next pass, always make sure you take it morning and night as sometime rubbish can attract ants. Make sure your balconies or terraces are clean and tidy too.
Aim for neutral colours where you can on home décor, a lick of paint goes a long way to making the property look fresh and clean, it gets rid of scuff marks that are basically unavoidable. This is also a good time to take down some pictures and repair the holes in the walls. Generally buyers like a blank canvas so to speak so they can add their own touches and colour schemes.
Wash your curtains if possible and inside of the windows. Think of it as giving your property a spring clean as once it is done it is easier to give a quick clean every few days to keep looking nice. Bathrooms are of course important so keep them looking tidy and smelling fresh and renew the grouting on sinks, baths and showers so they look clean and inviting. Nobody wants to see black or pitted grouting.
Make sure beds are made every morning and the bedrooms are spick and span. Open windows and keep the rooms aired and fresh, nobody wants to smell dirty socks or sweaty clothes. If you don’t have one already, a clothes hamper is a good idea to put away dirty clothes ready for the washing machine.
After meals try and open windows so the property smells nice and wash all the dishes and put them away. Don’t be caught out by last minute callers especially in Turkey, during the summer months the locals tend to stay indoors during the afternoons and come out in the evenings until the early hours when it’s a lot cooler. They wont think twice if they see a property for sale they like, to knock on the door and ask to view it, even if it appears late to you and I.
If you do get a viewing, often its better if you are not there, let the estate agent handle that for you. Turks love to talk and trust me they can discuss a potential deal for hours on end wanting to thrash out every little point. In my opinion keep well out of the negotiating process with the potential buyer and as long as your estate agent knows what you will accept that is fine.
Last but not least, good luck in achieving a quick sale for your home. Its time to move on to pastures new, happy house hunting!