Selling Tips

Preparing Your Home For Sale

General Overview

  • Clean, Clean, Clean.
  • Ensure your house is clean and tidy.
  • Think about hiring furniture or employing the talents of an interior designer.
  • Make sure all doors work well (handles turn and lock smoothly and doors don’t jam).
  • Open curtains to allow as much light in as possible. Turn lights on.
  • Remove clutter.

First Impressions

Remember a good first impression is critical. Investing time and energy in the presentation of your home can be the difference between a sale or a prospective buyer walking away. A neat entrance will enhance the street appeal and ensure a positive first impression.

Consider…..

  • Washing the exterior of the house/ Cleaning gutters
  • Painting or replacing the front fence.
  • Painting the front steps & the front door.
  • Placing feature plants at the entrance.
  • Giving the garden a mini – makeover. Colourful flowers & mulch.
  • Ensure the house number is visible.

Kitchens

The kitchen is one of the main factors that influence a buyer. Buyers look for space, cleanliness and functionality

  • Remove clutter.
  • Have sinks, fridge, doors and bench tops sparkling.
  • Ensure storage space is organized & tidy.
  • Ensure bench tops are free of clutter and in good condition.
  • Consider a fresh coat of paint or updating handles & doors.
  • Ensure appliances are clean and in working order.

Bathrooms

The main objective when presenting a bathroom is to ensure it is clean and smelling fresh.

  • Ensure shower screens, baths & toilets are spotless.
  • Make sure exhaust fan is clean & remove all mould from tiles etc.Remove all toiletries & clutter from bench tops
  • Display fresh, new towels and unused, quality soap
  • Consider a fresh coat of paint or replacing a shower curtain to create a bright, clean bathroom.

Lounge/Living/Media Rooms

In the living rooms it’s important to create an environment that is conducive to socialising, entertaining and relaxing. The objective is to convey space and functionality with a comfortable atmosphere.

  • Create the appearance of space by reducing clutter and removing extra furniture which is overcrowding the room.
  • Reduce excess number of personal photos & trinkets. (photos can be very distracting & buyers want to visualise themselves in the home).
  • Instead, add a vase of fresh flowers and interesting coffee table book or a quality magazine for a homely feel.
  • Arrange furniture so that is easy to walk around.

Bedrooms

The objective is to create an environment conducive to relaxation, comfort and privacy.

  • Simplify the room – declutter and remove all personal items.
  • Ensure cupboard/walk in robe space is neat and organised
  • Ensure carpet is clean & vacuumed (consider professional steam cleaning)
  • Ensure beds are neatly made. (consider lifting the room with new cushions & plump pillows.)
  • Straighten blinds/curtains & position for privacy
  • For evening inspections, dimmed lighting can be very effective in the bedroom.

Outside presentation

  • Does the house need a wash?
  • Make sure all gates work well (handles turn and lock smoothly and doors don’t jam).
  • Replace all cracked/broken glass.
  • Clean out gutters. Get rid of cobwebs.
  • Replace broken fences/missing palings.
  • Mow the lawns and mulch where necessary.
  • Consider adding flowering plants.
  • Pool & Spa should be free of debris & water crystal clear.
  • Check outside lighting is working and bright.

During Inspections / Open homes

  • Try to be out of the home when buyers inspect, as they will feel more comfortable.
  • Remove your pets from the house.
  • Pack up any everyday living objects e.g. toys etc. in a basket and take it with you when you leave the property for the open inspection.
  • Make sure the home is at a comfortable temperature.
  • Brew some coffee before each inspection (freshly ground is best) – the aroma creates pleasant associations for buyers.
  • Have soft music playing – this will create a relaxed environment and allow buyers to feel more comfortable as they inspect.
  • Open curtains to allow in as much natural light as possible.
  • Turn on lights.
  • Empty all bins.
  • Ensure your agent knows what makes your house a home – explain why it has that special ‘feel’ for you, point out its highlights. This will also help the photographer.