When the agent comes out to your property repairs and renovations may be recommended to get you a better selling price. The extent to which you should improve your property for sale will depend on your finance and the time frame in which you hope to sell. Presentation of your home for sale can certainly add dollars to the end result.. Below are a number of tips for presenting your home to the market:
– Make sure your home is clean. Many agents say bathrooms and kitchens are the most important rooms in the home during a sale, with potential buyers paying most attention to those two areas during open inspections.
– Shampoo the carpets. You might be surprised at home much ‘life’ they have after a good cleaning.
– Remove unnecessary items that create mess.
– Wipe down the walls.
– Remove personal items of value but retain effects that add homely character.
– Clean out the guttering so there are no leaves hanging over the edge. Check there is no paint peeling or any water stains. Brush under the eves to remove any cobwebs.
– Add some cost-efficient styling devices such as mirrors and new cushions, and make small repairs like touching up worn paint work.
– Clean out the garage and the shed – storage space is always an important selling point.
– Make your home welcoming with fresh flowers and gentle lighting. The brighter the room the better so always leave blinds and curtains open. Clean the windows and insect screens to let in more light. Maintain an even temperature with air-conditioning or heating.
– Don’t forget to tidy your garden, trim your front and back lawn or courtyard. This will be a prospective buyer’s first impression of your home.
The way you present your property for sale will flow through from your advertising material, online and in print, to the day of inspection.