So you want to know the best time of the year to sell your home?
Some say when you need to, others that the softer colours of autumn show your home off best, but most pundits say spring.
It’s when the sun starts to shine, your garden begins to show the first signs of spectacular flower displays, and the world just seems brighter.
You will have seen your mum and grandma getting ready for their annual spring clean, and this is what you have to do to sell in spring.
Getting your home looking its best takes a few simple steps and here’s the ABC of putting your house on the market.
And apart from wanting your pride and joy to look its best for a prospective purchaser, it almost certainly means more dollars at the final sale price, and that’s a good thing!
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No one can really say why the appeal of one elegant chair and a table in a room trumps all your stuff on the benches and floors but it always does, so if you’re Properties For Sale start filling those packing boxes today!
Have a huge garbage bin handy and throw stuff out, especially broken and chipped crockery.
Fill the boot with booty for the op shop.
Think about a storage facility for big pieces or family heirlooms you can’t bear to part with.
We just know a spring clean includes washing everything!
That’s windows, blinds, curtains, appliances and weatherboards if you have them.
Dust blinds and skirting boards, pack your cupboards so they look like a hospital inspection is imminent.
Put your rose coloured glasses in the drawer, and walk around your house like you are the health inspector. This step will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises during the sale process, so check your walls and floors for water damage, for plumbing leaks, signs of rodents or gasp…termites, and fix any problems you find, pronto!
D. Do the sniff test
You don’t want to air fresh everything because it’s a sure giveaway and people can tell. They will start sniffing, sneezing and coughing.
So bake some scones or cookies in the oven, save a vase for fresh flowers, and a bowl for apples. It all adds to passing the authentic scents test.
While you might love your duck egg blue walls, there’s a good chance that most buyers won’t. Many like a neutral decor where they can inject their own personality. In order to make your home appeal to the largest possible audience, paint your walls in neutral colours in a matt finish, and repair any nail holes or other damage before painting, and be sure to touch up ceilings and trim as needed.
F. Look down
Carpets should be shampooed and treated for stains. Tile and hardwoods should be thoroughly swept and mopped to a shine. Any flooring that is stained, damaged or worn beyond repair should be removed and replaced. Hardwood floors that are scratched or have lost their sheen should be repolished.
G. Renew fixtures and fittings
Light shades, bathroom mirrors, taps, shower heads and even the handles on your cupboards can all be replaced for very little money and make a huge difference in terms of visual appeal.
H. Create a welcoming entrance
Your front door is the first thing potential buyers see when they visit your home, so remember to make it inviting. Paint the door if needed, keep it squeaky clean with shiny handles, decorations are a no no, and need we say – no clutter (ban all shoes, prams, bikes, dishes and dog leads).
I. Presentation or staging
This is an important part of showing your home. Staging is done by you or professionals, to place furniture to maximise the feelings of space and light in your home, with an eye to how rooms flow into each other.
If your own treasures don’t make the grade, move them into storage and rent furniture and artwork for the duration. It’s worth it!
J. Get your real price
Find out how much you should list your home for by looking at similar properties on realestate.com.au or domain.com.au and asking for your agent’s advice.
Take a look at comparable sales and market conditions which will help you determine how much you can expect in today’s market.
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