“You never get a second chance to make a first impression”
The first impression must be positive when a buyer visits your property. A home that “shows well sells well”. Experience constantly indicates that a well presented home will sell more quickly and, usually, for a higher price.
In preparing your home for the market, the aim is to spend as little money as possible to enhance its appeal.
An excellent test is to go outside, close your eyes and say to yourself… “I’m a buyer seeing this house for the first time ! “. Go right through the house and look at it as a potential buyer would.
Make a list of all the chattels that will remain in the house. Anything you may wish to take with you should be noted on the contract as an ‘exclusion’.
Listed here are a few tips on helping you get a better price for your home:
Have an exterior house wash
This isn’t expensive and can really give a lift to paint work, and use a soft wash rather than water blasting unless the paint work is very robust … and don’t forget the fence, gate, paths and decks.
Maximise available sunlight
Sunlight is one of the most universal requirements when viewing homes so make sure you make the most of it. Tree pruning may provide a real bonus if it allows more light into your home. And washing all the windows is highly beneficial.
What About a Few Pot Plants…
The careful placement of some pot plants around the entrance can lend a touch of colour and make your home feel more welcoming … and best of all you can take them with you when you go.
Keep the lawns ship shape
This is very easy and very inexpensive to do. Keep your lawns mowed weekly and make sure the lawn edging is straight and crisp during the campaign.
Get rid of garden rubbish
Garden rubbish is unsightly and detracts from the appeal of your garden, but it’s easy for each of us not to ‘see it’ because we’re used to it being there. So if you have a pile of ‘stuff’, get rid of it. This goes for the garage, old sheds and any outbuildings.
Sparkling swimming pool
If you have a pool, ensure that it is clear of leaves, the water clean, tiles are clean top and bottom and any pool equipment is stored away.
Pets should be kept well out of the way during open homes. You may cherish your pet but some people will not come into a house that has a dog running loose.
Have a spring clean
Sounds obvious, but what a difference a spring clean can make. Carpet cleaning can help make a home look and even smell much more inviting, particularly if pets are present. And when windows sparkle the whole home seems to take on more vitality and life.
Flowers & warmth
Fresh flowers are always welcoming in a home and smell wonderful too. During summer open all windows and doors to the sun. In winter have the fire or heater going to warm the home up.
Make the most of your space
Space is another significant universal requirement so make the most of it by ‘creating’ a feeling of space. You can do this by removing clutter, storing things in boxes … even re-arranging the furniture. Make the most of the space in every room.
Spruce up the paint work
When it’s necessary, sprucing up the paint work can be an investment that pays big dividends. But remember it needs to be done well, rough edges or paint on the windows will send all the wrong signals to prospective buyers.
And don’t forget the bathroom and laundry
If mildew is present, use a commercially available mildew remover to give these naturally damp areas a fresh look. And if there’s lino on the floor which needs replacement, do so with a relatively nondescript pattern.
Kitchens are important too
And don’t be fooled into thinking that kitchens are only important to women, many men play an active role in kitchens too. The two key things which can most readily be done to improve the look are replacing cupboard doors (using the existing doors as templates) and, budget permitting, replacing the bench top. Both of these are considered purchases but in the right circumstances, can be well worth the investment.
Let us take away the hassle…
Does it all seem too much to handle? “How in the world will we get to all of this in the timeframe?” – is a common concern. As professional agents, we have access to reliable, affordable and diligent tradespeople. We can simply arrange quotes or comprehensively coordinate the entire project – and all in a timely manner. Please talk to one of our representatives and let us take away the stress which can make an enormous difference to the entire sales experience