Preparing your home for sale
First Impressions Count
First impressions are lasting so suitable presentation of your property is critical. Your agent can advise you of changes that should be made which could add value or increase the attractiveness of your property over others on the market. A clean, well-organised property not only gives a good impression but also gives a feeling of low maintenance. A good guide is to remove everything not absolutely essential. Below are simple suggestions that will help achieve the highest price possible.
A bright, cheery home invites inspection. Keep lawns trimmed and edged and flower beds cultivated. Remove any dead plants and leaves from paths, verandas and patios. Remove any cobwebs and ensure windows are sparkling.
De-clutter – most important!
Clear away all clutter, clean surfaces and ensure all fixtures are operational. Remove objects from the floor (such as children’s toys) that might cause accidents. Keep front entrance and stairways clear.
Clean walls, floors and skirting boards, marks on the carpet or around light switches. Put clutter away neatly in cupboards, clear table and counter tops and do not leave dishes in the sink. Give your house a good clean.
Fresh flowers are an attractive way to brighten a room.
Refresh your house and remove any bad or strong odours.
Storage and closet space
Storage is an important feature. Remove all unnecessary articles that have accumulated.
Repair defects that can annoy buyers such as dripping taps, sticking doors, loose tiles, etc.
Neat orderly rooms look larger. Tidy bedrooms for a spacious appearance. Keep all drawers and wardrobe doors closed. Keep bedside tables free of clutter. Fresh clean sheets are essential. Avoid busy patterns on duvet covers.
Bright, clean bathrooms sell houses. Remove mildew and personal items. Use a lightly scented room atomiser to ensure the room smells fresh and inviting.
A minimal approach will always look cleaner and more importantly, spacious. Make sure the room is spotless and free of clutter. Pay particular attention to the entertainment area and bookshelves. Remove dust and ensure cords are neat and out of sight.
Clean entire kitchen, with special attention to food preparation areas (sink, stove, oven, grill). Ensure all open food products are out of sight. Clean shelves thoroughly and arrange stored goods attractively.
Solid light tones on walls are brought to life with a couple of styled prints or wall hangings.
Leave the house
Avoid having too many people present during inspections to avoid potential purchasers feeling crowded or uncomfortable.
Remove animals from the house
Animals can get in the way and some people are allergic or do not like animals.
If you choose to play music make sure it is suitable. Turn off the TV and radio – they can distract people.
- Yard free of rubbish and personal items
- Driveway free of leaves, dirt, tyre marks and oil stains
- Lawns mowed, trees/shrubs pruned, weeds removed
- Patios, paths and verandahs swept and tidy
- All walls, ceilings, switches and cupboards clean
- Carpets vacuumed and stain free, hard floors mopped
- Kitchen, bathroom and toilet areas clean
- Windows, tracks, frames and glass clean – inside and out
- Blinds, verticals or curtains clean
- De-clutter and remove personal items from inside the property
- Light fittings all working
- Fans, light fittings, A/C and smoke alarms clean
- Garage clean and tidy
- Cobwebs removed from inside and outside house and garage
- Odour free and flowers to brighten a room