It’s often the little things that attract people to your home, helping you sell faster and at a better price
Putting your home on the market
Deciding to put your home on the market can be an emotional decision. You’ve likely shared some great times and celebrated a number of milestones. As you prepare to leave this part of your life, your decisions on how best to present your home can help motivate buyers in a number of ways.
Be objective about your home
A proven way of enhancing your home’s visual impact is to take an objective view of its positive and negative aspects. Take the time to explore your home as if for the first time and be critical of everything you see.
In the Buyers shoes
Your aim should be to present your home in such a way that it looks its absolute best. Consider the strongest features of your home and most importantly put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. If you notice any features which need improvement or removal, you can be sure a potential buyer will too.
From the outside
Your home’s street appeal will immediately grab the attention of potential buyers. As with everything, first impressions are crucial. It can be the difference between an average sale price and an amazing one. If it looks great from the outside, a buyer will be enticed to come inside for an inspection.
A newly painted front door with polished fixtures can be a nice welcome for buyers. A simple welcome mat alongside flowering potted plants can also contribute to the entrance appeal. Remember, make sure your doorbell works!
Windows should be cleaned to sparkle, with no fingerprints or visible grime. This will create an open, spacious feel to your house. If windows have flyscreens, ensure there are no holes or tears.
Lawn and garden
Lawns should be mowed, raked, and groomed to perfection. Prune any shrubs and trees to let natural light in. Ensure gardens and hedges are nicely manicured. If there’s time, reseed pots and plant flowers to give the impression of a healthy, colourful garden.
Roll up garden hoses and store all garden items. Don’t forget to have rubbish bins out of sight.
Driveways should be free of leaves, dirt and oil stains. Make sure any pathways are swept clean.
Numbers should be prominently displayed. All junk mail should be removed and letterboxes newly painted if appropriate.
Fence and gate
If a fence surrounds the house it should be spotless, mould free and well secured. Gates should be well oiled with latches working. If possible they should be newly painted.
Shed and garage
Have a good clean out of all your rubbish so the buyer can see all available space.
The outdoors is an extension of the indoors, so tidiness is crucial. If the outdoor area is painted, make sure there’s no cracked paint or holes. It’s often said that cracked or peeling paint can reduce the value of a home by thousands.
Clean out your gutters and if appropriate paint the gutters and drainpipes.
Outdoors areas can add significant value to your property, so make the most of your garden, deck or verandah. Arrange appealing outdoor furniture, clean the BBQ and consider adding two large pots brimming with healthy plants. Make sure any outdoor tables are immaculate.
Bringing your home’s best external features to life can boost your sale price.
On the inside
Buyers look for homes, not houses.
The atmosphere inside your home will improve its desirability. Your house is a celebration of the everyday, so a bit of natural clutter such as a pile of hand-picked magazines, coffee, table books or a daily newspaper are expected.
It’s vital your home is neat and tidy. Take down posters, remove excess knick-knacks and keep cupboards
orderly. Your items may be precious to you, but a buyer needs the visual freedom to imagine living in your home.
Although de-cluttering is essential, don’t go overboard and create a sterile interior with minimal warmth. Buyers are attracted to a home because of its welcoming, clean and friendly ambience, presenting a lifestyle to which they aspire.
Not everyone is an animal lover and many people are allergic. The sight of a food bowl or animal hair on your couch or carpet can put off a potential buyer, not to mention the smell of food and litter trays. Make sure you deodorise the entire house and remove litter trays, beds and toys from view.