As your home is one of the most important assets you will own, selling it is one of the most important transactions you are likely to make. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Every seller wants their property to sell quickly and for a maximum price. Your goal is to prepare your house and make it an irresistible and marketable home. To achieve this, it is critical to make sure that you are presenting the most desirable commodity possible in order to send buyers off in a frantic rush to find their cheque books for a deposit to secure the property.
8 easy steps towards transforming your home:
1. Detach yourself
You must be able to emotionally let go of the house you have lived in and try to see it as a commodity to be sold at the highest price possible. Don’t take advice personally – It is strictly business.
2. De –Personalise
Clear away most family items such as photos, books, knickknacks and toys so buyers can visualise their own personal items in the spaces.
We are all guilty of collecting “junk” over the years. My rule of thumb is if you have not used it for over a year, you probably don’t need it. Clutter simply says “no storage space” to buyers. Excessive furniture can also clutter a room. By removing some pieces, rooms may appear larger and brighter.
Areas that can benefit from a good clean-out include:
- Bedroom wardrobes and shelves
- Bathroom draws and bench tops,
- Kitchen cupboards, draws and bench tops,
- Linen cupboards and all other storage spaces.
These processes can be viewed as a head-start to packing that will inevitably need to be done once you have sold your property.
4. Remove/replace items that are not being left in the house.
Vendors often say: “I want to take a light fitting or built in appliance with me.” If something is not being offered as part of the sale it should be removed or replaced.
5. Minor repairs
- Painting: wall paint can have a great impact on a house’s presentation. Neutral and light colours are what sell a home. Let go of the greens, blues and purples you painted walls 10-15 years ago.
- Remove or paint over any dated wallpaper
- Replace damaged floor and counter tiles
- Patch any holes in walls
- Fix leaking taps
- Re-grout tiles and refresh shower screen seals
- Make sure all doors and draws close properly
- Check all light fittings and bulbs are working
- Check the function of all windows. Make sure they open and close freely
- Oil squeaking doors
- Replace or remove shabby curtains or blinds
- Replace rotted timbers
- Replace broken roof tiles
- Steam clean carpets
6. Make the house shine
- Clean windows inside and out
- Pressure clean footpaths and exterior
- Remove cobwebs both inside and out
- Clean bathrooms with bleach
- Replace any worn rugs
- Clean and air any musty smelling areas
- Dust all surfaces including ceiling
- Wax or polish floors
7. Check street appeal and backyard
Many buyers do a “drive by” before inspecting a property. If they don’t like what they see they will not come back to the open house.
- Paint window trims and front door and replace damaged hardware
- Mow lawns, prune garden beds, trim hedges
- Repair fences and any gates
- Clean gutters
- Make sure the house number is clearly displayed.
8. Stage/Style your home
This can be done professionally or with advice using your own furniture.
Furniture placement is important to maximise the sense of space, function and flow of each room.
Riverview Realty is a boutique agency focused on achieving the maximum price, with a client engagement that is above the industry standard. We call it the “Ultimate Experience” which forms part of our unique selling proposition.
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