Selling Tips


The presentation of your property is critical to the result achieved in a sale, both in the time you are on the market and the end price achieved. At Raine & Horne Castle Hill we know this is so important that we offer our vendors advice on how to prepare their property for sale, this can be from small tips to complete management of renovations.

Below are some simple points to start with;

Clean up

Spotless is the word to remember. It sounds simple, but many people forget that even the smallest mess can throw off a potential buyer. Make sure that kitchen and bathroom counters are cleared and wiped. Cupboards also should be immaculate and tidy. Finally make sure the whole house is clutter-free. Less is better, ensure prospective buyers can flow nicely throughout your home and have a pleasant feeling of open living space.

Declutter and freshen up

Whatever the size your rooms are, but even more true if they are small, make sure the whole house is clutter-free. The less, the better in this case. It might be a good time for you to conduct a garage sale a few weeks before the first open for inspection. It is important prospective buyers feel a sense of open living space as they walk through your property. If your property is dated, you can think of investing a few dollars into renovations to increase the value and appeal of your property. Even if your budget is fairly small, there are ways to give an impression of new by replacing cupboard handles, installing new bench tops, changing light fittings, modern pictures on the walls, etc. As well, a fresh coat of paint, preferably a neutral colour, can make a huge difference in the eyes of potential buyers.

Lighten up

Nothing helps a house like natural light, so before an open house, pull back the curtains, open the blinds and let the sunlight in. As you're completing your walk-through, switch on the lights in every room (including bathrooms and toilets). This will allow potential buyers to see clearly and creating a welcoming, open feeling to your home.

Enhance kerb appeal

Never underestimate the power of kerb appeal. This means making sure the front of your house is well maintained, clean and in good condition. It is as simple as a last-minute sweep of the front porch and driveway, and a quick look for spider webs or dirt at any windows that flank the entrance.

Set the scene

Even an immaculate home can up its 'wow' factor with small touches in the minutes before an open house. Scented oils, soft music and fresh flowers can warm up your home as well.