Preparation before selling

Preparation before selling

By Ray Fadel

First impressions are lasting so the presentation of your property is critical in creating strong initial interest from potential purchasers. Our Professional team of photographers, home-stylists and videographers are here to assist in presenting your home for sale. A good guide to styling your home is to remove everything that is not absolutely essential. Your agent will be able to advise you of any changes that should be made to your home that could add value or increase the attractiveness of your property.

Below are some simple suggestions that will improve the presentation of your property and help you achieve the highest possible price.

Outdoor Areas
A bright and cheery home invites inspection. Keep your lawn trimmed and edged and the flowerbeds cultivated. Remove leaves from paths and verandas. Be sure that the windows are sparkling. The garage, backyard, driveway and front yard should all be neat and tidy. It’s also a good idea to ensure that your roof is sound and that there is no muck in the gutters. This extra bit of effort adds to your home’s curb appeal.

De-cluttering the Home
The most important task you can perform is to clear away clutter, clean surfaces and ensure all fixtures are operational. Remove any objects from the floor such as children’s toys which could be a hazards. Keep the front entrance and stairways clear. This will help prepare the home for inspections, when buyers will want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home. Clutter can lead to even a good sized home feeling claustrophobic. Like clutter in your cupboards, an abundance of furniture can also make your house seem claustrophobic. When preparing your house for sale, it’s worth removing some furniture to make the house seem larger.

Sparkling interior
Clean the walls, floors, skirting, and marks on the carpet or around light switches. Put clutter away neatly in cupboards, clear table and counter tops. A thorough house cleaning will give your home that well-kept look. Pay special attention to storage spaces, because buyers will be bound to sneak a peek in your wardrobes and cupboards as they inspect the house. Tidying away clutter and fixing minor flaws can go a long way towards making your house more marketable.

Introducing fresh flowers throughout your home is a beautiful and attractive way to enliven the appearance of a room.

Refresh your house and remove any bad or strong odours. A scented candle will be provided by our Sales Agents.

Storage closet space and features not for sale
Storage is an important feature. Remove all unnecessary articles that have accumulated. Be sure to remove any features that you aren’t offering for sale. This could include curtains, lighting fixtures, or appliances that you plan on taking with you when you move. This will help avoid the situation of buyers being attracted to brand new stainless steel appliances only to find that they are not part of the package.

Fix faults
Repair defects that can annoy buyers such as dripping taps, sticking doors, loose tiles etc. Overlooked maintenance issues can be taken as a sign of neglect by buyers. There are many small, inexpensive repairs that you could take care of quickly before you start selling your house. These could include oiling creaky doors, replacing old light bulbs, repairing leaky taps, replacing chipped or cracked tiles, patching up holes in the wall and painting over old walls or marks.

Neat orderly rooms look larger. Tidy up the bedroom for a spacious appearance. Keep all drawers and wardrobe doors closed and keep bedside tables free of bric-a-brac. It is essential that you have fresh sheets and avoid busy patterns on duvet covers.

Check and double-check your bathroom. Bright and clean bathrooms sell many houses. Ensure the bathroom is free of mildew, remove personal items and use a light scented room atomiser to make sure the bathroom smells fresh and inviting. Pay attention to small tasks like polishing mirrors or chrome fittings, as well as larger jobs like mopping tiles and washing windows. This extra effort will be noticed by buyers, who may be willing to overlook other downsides to the home if they believe it has been well cared-for.

Lounge room
A minimal approach will always look cleaner and more importantly, spacious. Make sure the entire room is spotless and free from clutter. Particularly look at the top of the entertainment area and bookshelves. Make sure everything is free from dust and cords are neat and out of sight.

Clean the entire kitchen with special attention given to food preparation areas; the sink, oven, grill, and extractor fan. If you don’t clean the grease from the range top you’ll turn off buyers in a big way. Make sure all food products are away from sight, clean shelves thoroughly and arrange stored goods attractively.

Painting your home is an easy and inexpensive way to freshen up your property. Solid, light, neutral tones on the walls brought to life with just a couple of styled prints or wall hangings will look elegant. Light colours can also make rooms seem larger.

Leave the house
Avoid having too many people present during inspections. Prospective buyers will feel crowded and uncomfortable. Do not accompany a prospective buyer or the sales agent during inspections of the home. Prospective buyers also hold back on expressing their full opinion & value of the property if they know the owner is present.

Remove animals from the house
Animals can get in the way and some people are allergic to, or don’t like animals. Remove any pet toys and be sure to remove kitty litter trays as the scent of these items are extremely off-putting.