Making the decision to place your home on the market to sell can be a very emotional and stressful decision. When the decision to sell your home is made, price and presentation are critical in attracting interest, creating competition, and therefore ensuring the best price can be achieved. A buyer is looking for a home, not a house, so dress up your home for success and make it the most appealing on the market. The condition of your home will have a huge impact on how fast it sells, and its eventual selling price.
You only have one chance to make an enticing first impression, so the street appeal of your home is crucial!
It’s the little things that make the BIG difference
By following these fix up tips, you can do a lot to increase the perceived value of your home and attract potential buyers.
- Clean the entire home thoroughly – shampoo carpets, wash walls, clean window sills, screens and blinds. Clean light fixtures, dust shelving
- Make cupboards look bigger by making them neat and well organised
- Patch any nail and screw holes in the walls
- Ensure your home is cool in summer and warm in winter
- Store away your personal effects and clear the clutter from day to day living to present a minimalist and welcoming feel
- Ensure that all light globes and fittings are in working order
- Keep curtains and blinds open as a rule. You want your home to be very light and bright. Find ways to screen any unappealing views
- Make your kitchen shine. Remove clutter from counter tops and cabinets and store it. Keep your sink clean and clear of any dishes
- Remove unnecessary clutter from fridge door, such as fridge magnets
- Clean your oven, de-grease it and keep it looking as good as possible
- Bright and clean bathrooms are a huge selling key. Clean mirrors and bench tops, coordinate towels and mats
- Cigarette smoke, animal and food smells and other unpleasant odours will remain in the buyer’s memory well after the inspection. Make sure the house smells pleasant
- Keep walkways clear and tidy for safety reasons
- An inviting exterior ensures inspection of the interior
- Clean up all around the house. Remove any debris piles such as wood, bikes and toys
- Put some colour by the entrance or front door with pots full of bright and attractive plants. The pots can move with you to your new home. Keep them watered and healthy
- Keep walkways clear, clean and in good repair. This includes your driveway and any parking areas
- Keep all outdoor furniture clean and in good condition
- Remove any spider webs
- Trim all hedges, bushes and shrubs away from the house
- Mulch your garden beds – it’s amazing the difference this can make
- Keep your lawn and areas clean and in good health. A green lawn makes a home look great. Keep your lawn edged and free from weeds
- Repair any broken windows, screens, shutters and awnings
- Clean the garage area. Remove clutter and make it look as organised and spacious as possible
- While we love our pets, many buyers may not feel comfortable around animals, so keep pets safe and out of the way during home opens and inspections, if possible
Step back and look at your home. Pretend to be a potential buyer. What do you want to see? What do you not want to see? Perhaps you might consider a garage sale before you sell.