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September 08, 2016

Ten tips if you are selling your home this Spring

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:

1. Simplify

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.

Light filled Bedroom

A lightfilled and tidy bedroom helps create a sense of space

2. Clean

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.

Garden

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.

Pears

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:

Light fixtures

Bathroom mirrors

Tap ware

Shower heads

Door handles

ShowerHead

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

 

Welcome

First impressions count

9. Styling

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.   

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