Preparing Your Home for Sale
General tips for HAPPY SELLING!
There is no doubt that selling your home can be a stressful period…but it really doesn’t need to be! The most important thing to remember is first impressions count! Your property is usually just one in a very long list of properties a buyer will see, so it’s crucial that they see it in the best possible light. The more desirable your property appears, the better your sale price is likely to be.
Once on the market you need to disassociate yourself and remove any emotional connection to the house….don’t look backwards, look to the future!
Remove clutter – storage boxes are a must!
Consider temporary storage for bulky items of furniture or any other large items you don’t need
Invest in a new doormat
A complete spring clean – scrub walls, skirting boards, floors, tiles, windows, light switches, fixtures and fittings
Check doors, windows, awnings and blinds all open and shut properly
Use your best linen on the beds and best towels in the bathroom
Ensure all light globes are in working order
Have all carpets, lounges and curtains pro¬fessionally cleaned
Check for any signs of insects or rodents
Eliminate odours with fresh flowers, fruit or cakes/cookies placed in plain sight in the kitchen – avoid air fresheners which only mask household smells
Paint walls with neutral colours in order to appeal to the largest audience
Freshen exterior paint
Wash down the external walls and clean gutters
Sweep driveway and paths
Clean windows and entrance door
Tidy garage – using shelving is a great way to create more storage space
Keep bins out of site
Ensure pool, ponds and water features are well cleaned and properly functioning
Clean garden umbrellas and outdoor setting
Keep the lawn cut and edges trimmed
Remove all weeds and add fresh mulch or turn over the soil
Trim back trees and any overhanging plants
Plant new flowers to add colour to the garden (try to match flowers to colour theme of house)
Pot plants or tubs strategically placed around the house (on the veranda or patio) can look amazing
Repair any damaged fences
Remove oil spills from the driveway
Remove any garden clippings and rubbish
STYLING YOUR HOME
Place furniture to maximise the space, light and flow of each room
If your decor isn’t cutting it, you can move your belongings into storage and rent furniture and artwork from a home staging service on a monthly basis.
Renovations can add significant value to a prop¬erty but you can run the risk of overcapitalising. Interestingly enough many buyers are also look¬ing for a ‘renovators delight’ style home so in some cases it is better off saving your money. Always ensure you speak to a real estate agent before undertaking any major changes!
Keep all curtains and bedroom doors open maximizing natural light
Give each room a final check, empty bins and vacuum or sweep where necessary
Utilise lamps and flowers to create a homely, welcoming atmosphere
Manage the temperature of the rooms if possible – cool in summer, warm in winter
Remove your valuables from the house
Keep pets out of the house and if possible out of the garden
Leave the property during the inspection – the meet and greet should be left up to the real estate agent who will take down the details of everyone that visits the home and follow up later .
Most importantly try to enjoy the selling process. Avoid stress by being well prepared and use the people around you to help carry the work load. Taking steps to prepare your home now will avoid a last minute rush to market.