Spring has just arrived and it is a good time to prepare if you’re looking to sell this season.
Taking steps to get your home ready now will help you make an impact once your property hits the market. We have gathered some tips based on our experience in selling real estate. We hope this benefits you!
Ten tips to maximise sales results:
Nothing makes a better impression than a sense of space in every room.
Clear out all clutter and remove items you don’t regularly use
Donate items that haven’t been used in the past 12 months
Throw away items that are broken or damaged
Dispose of paperwork that is no longer needed
Consider a temporary storage facility for bulky pieces of furniture, holiday decor, out of season clothing and any other items you don’t need.
A lightfilled and tidy bedroom helps create a sense of space
When you clean, it pays to look at the detail:
Clean the windows
Dust the blinds
Wash the curtains
Dust the skirting boards
Clean your appliances
Tidy out your cupboards.
3. Get your garden flourishing
There is nothing more inviting that a wellkept front yard.
Replace your potplants
Weed your garden beds and add some fresh mulch
Cut the grass and trim the hedges
Add some colour along your garden path.
Spring in the garden
4. A fresh scent
Try to eliminate any bad smells without going nuts with the air freshener. This can be overwhelming and even cause allergies for some people.
Include freshly cut flowers
A scent of fresh herbs and spices
Fresh apples and cookies placed in plain sight in the kitchen.
A fruitbowl appeals to the senses
5. A new coat of paint
Many buyers want to see a blank canvas where they can inject their own personality.
To make your home appeal to the largest possible audience, paint your walls in neutral colors in a matt finish.
Don’t forget to repair any nail holes or other damage before painting
It is also a good idea to touch up ceilings and trim as needed.
6. Complete those projects & repairs
Remember that door you were meaning to fix? Now is the time to complete any home improvement projects you have under way and make any necessary repairs to your home.
Clean or replace flooring and skirting boards
Carpets should be shampooed and treated for stains
Hardwood floors that are scratched or have lost their sheen should be refinished
Replace lightbulbs and broken items
Remove all building material from the site when finished.
7. Freshen up fixtures & hardware
We are constantly surprised at how much value increases from small improvements around the home. The following can all be replaced for very little money and make a huge difference in terms of visual appeal:
A new showerhead can help upgrade a bathroom
8. Create a warm welcome
Your front door is the first thing potential buyers will see when they visit your home, so remember to make it inviting.
Paint the door if needed
Some even remove the fly screen to improve the visual appeal
Replace any damaged hardware
Declutter the entrance area
Place a nice pot plant on top of your stairs
First impressions count
Many people ask us about the benefit of styling a home. We hands-down recommend it and the reason is we have seen the benefit to the sale price time and time again. Styling your home can be done yourself or by professionals. We have got a list of suppliers we can recommend if you need it.
Place furniture to maximise the feelings of space and light in your home, with an eye to how rooms flow into each other
If your decor isn’t cutting it, you can move your belongings into storage and rent furniture and artwork from a home staging service
Get items off the floor and us the walls to create sense of space; hang up lamps, use hooks and shelves
Use mirrors to create a sense of space
Try not to block a walkway with furniture
Choose lighter colours when you decorate to appeal to a broader audience.
10. Get your price
Find out how much you should list your home for by looking at similar properties and discussing recent sales with your agent.
Taking a look at comparable sales and market conditions will help you determine how much you can expect to sell for in today’s market
Using RP data, discussing sales prices with trusted advisors and doing your homework will help you get the right price for your property.