Selling your home doesn’t need to be stressful. With the right advice and some good planning, you can get your house Sale ready, without it taking up all your time or costing you a fortune. Here are some easy tips to help you get your property sale ready.
1. Remove the clutter
It’s only when you move house that you realise how many things you actually have. The first step in preparing your house for sale, should be to go through each room and remove everything you don’t need. Not only will this help make your property look neater and the rooms bigger but it will also make packing easier.
2. Give the property a heavy duty clean
Before any potential buyers come through your property, you will need to give you property a good clean from top to bottom. Keep an eye out for dirty vents, cobwebs and anything else that could make potential buyers think the property wasn’t well maintained.
3. Steam clean or replace carpets
If you have badly stained carpets, I recommend to have them cleaned or if heavily stained then replaced.
4. Maintenance and repairs
Buyers usually comment about the smallest things – cracked power points, broken heating ducts, loose door handles, small cracks, fixtures and scuff marks on walls etc. As you’re going through each of the rooms, even on the outside of the house and make a list of all these little things, and have a good handyman to come and fix them up – or replace them yourself if you’re handy. To add more freshness you could give the home a new coat of paint or paint over any feature walls that need to be updated, but that really depends on your budget.
5. Don’t forget outside
If you have an outdoor area that needs a bit of love, spruce it up by planting some flowers to add some colour to a property. Adding some mulch in areas can make a big difference to give it a fresh look. If you have some decking and it’s looking dull, give it a revamp.
6. Make each room look its best
Focus on each room making it look it’s very best and as spacious as possible leaving open space and remove any unnecessary furniture.
7. Consistent colour scheme throughout
From your walls to your furniture and furnishings, try to keep the colour scheme flowing throughout the property. Keeping the colour scheme consistent will make it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves moving into your property.
8. Professionally stage your property
Considering your property staged for the sale is a great way to present your property. A professional property stylist will walk through your property and recommend a full or partial staging package to make sure your property presents its very best for all of your advertising and throughout the sale campaign.
9. Fresh, new, clean towels
If you’re still living in your property while it’s being sold, you may want to invest in some ‘show’ towels. These are your display towels which are displayed during inspections. Make sure you don’t have old, stained towels on display.
10. Neatly piled kid’s toys
It can be incredibly tricky when you have young children, you’ll probably need to find a solution for all of those toys that they have. Remove any toys they no longer play with and hide any of the messy toys while the Sale campaign is running (eg. Lego, Play Doh, Paints etc)
11. Protecting your private items
Make sure that anything you don’t want anyone to see is either removed from your property or out of the way of prying eyes.
12. Keep your cupboards and drawers clean
If there’s a door that opens in your property, you can be sure that it will be opened by potential buyers at an inspection. So take the time to make sure that everything’s neat and tidy inside.
13. Crisp bedsheets
All beds should be made and looking good before any inspection. If you think that your bedsheets could do with an upgrade, then go grab some.
14. Pre Inspection cleaning
If you’re still living in the property during the sale, you will be cleaning all the time and stressing out. You don’t have to vacuum and dust every single day but make sure that the property is looking good. Keep an eye out for dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher, try to keep the laundry baskets empty, wipe down bench tops, sinks and appliances and mirrors in kitchens and bathrooms including showers and any spot vacuuming prior to inspections. Make sure windows are clean.
15. Keep curtains and blinds open
Before every open for inspection, you’ll want to make sure to keep all of your blinds and curtains open to let in as much natural light as possible.
16. Make sure all of your lights work
If you don’t get a lot of natural light, make sure all of your lights are working.
17. Make your home smell nice
Grab plenty of air fresheners and some plug is to keep the home smelling fresh, to make your house smell nice. Try to avoid cooking any foods with a strong smell on the mornings and night before the open for inspections and make sure you stay on top of any pet odours throughout the Sale campaign.
Although we love our pets and they are a part of our family, unfortunately not everyone might feel the same way. Not all
potential buyers like pets. Remove any pet odours, repair any damage caused by your pet, remove animal droppings or litters from your property, remove pets bowls and pet bedding and take your pets away from the home with you during open for inspections.