“The preparation you put into getting your property ready for sale can be the difference between getting a standard price and achieving an awesome price… and, the best part is, it doesn’t have to be hard, time-consuming or expensive.”
Buyers for good quality property can be found all year round. The marketing process has become far more sophisticated than in previous times so the issue of timing is less critical today than in the past. However, there are some important points you may wish to consider.
It is often thought that the Spring and Summer months are the best time to sell because properties tend to present at their best, however it is also worth remembering that there may be a lot of other homes on the market because of this. Selling your home at other times of the year may see fewer homes on the market in direct competition with yours, and just as good a result achieved!
Prior to placing your property on the market, allow an additional two weeks to prepare both the property and the marketing material.
First impressions count, so it’s important to make sure your property looks its best from the moment it goes onto the market for sale.
And that doesn’t just mean a clean and tidy interior, it means ensuring the exterior is as presentable and attractive as you can make it, because many people will check a property’s photos on the internet for the first time or do a drive-by before deciding whether to inspect it on open days.
Below are some easy and cost-effective tips for presenting your home, which will make it more appealing to buyers and can result in a higher price being achieved.
Mow the lawn, remove weeds and mulch the garden to give a fresh look
Trim back any overgrown shrubs
Sweep (or pressure-clean) paths and driveways
Remove any bikes and toys, or unnecessary items laying around the yard
Park extra cars away from the property
Clean windows and window coverings inside and out
Make sure the roof and gutters are clean
Keep your garage, shed or carport clean and tidy
Place bins out of sight
Thoroughly clean every room of the home
The kitchen and bathroom should shine!
Have carpets professionally cleaned and deodorized
Touch-up any chips and marks on walls, or where appropriate re-paint
Repair any minor faults such as loose doorknobs, chips or cracks in the walls, marks or scuffs on floors etc
Enhance the spaciousness of each room by removing unnecessary furniture and clutter (This will also help buyers imagine their own belongings inside the home)
Consider buying a new set of towels and hanging them in the bathroom for each inspection
BEFORE EACH INSPECTION
Give a quick once-over with the vacuum; carpets should be clean
Put dishes and tea towels away
Make the beds and put all clothes and toys away
Turn off the television
Keep pets out of the way and pet areas clean and odour-free
Warm or cool the home to a comfortable temperature
Place an air freshener in the toilet and bathroom to have a fresh, clean smell
Place a bowl of fresh fruit or fresh flowers in a prominent position for colour and fragrance
Open blinds and curtains to allow daylight to shine through the windows, and turn on the lights!
Have a pot of fresh coffee brewing (Brewed coffee creates a pleasant aroma throughout the whole house)
If you would like any help or assistance with the preparation of your home, we can put you in touch with a range of experienced tradespeople, handymen, and cleaners.
You may also like to consider the services of a professional Property Stylist to help in preparing the property for sale. Their services can range from a brief consultation right through to cleaning and even furnishing the home for you. In our experience, this can be an excellent investment in maximising the sale price of your property.