Preparing Your Home for Sale
Property owners can ensure they obtain the highest price possible by making sure certain things are done to the property prior to the selling. Youwant buyers to experience the ‘just move in’’ feeling and achieve the highest possible selling price of a property.
The first step is to enhance the appeal and look of your property. The exterior of your home is the very first thing buyers see when looking at properties on the internet or when driving by. It’s advisable to fertilise your gardens and add as much mulch to your garden beds to optimise water retention, add nutrients to your soil and aid in minimising weeds.
Lawn sprays are important at this time of the year to remove unsightly weeds and to maintain a healthy lawn. If you have a pool, rain, heat and additional swimmers are just three reasons why you should get regular water rests on your pool. This time of year algae can grow without you even knowing.
Good property photography is a must as it will almost always be the first contact you have with your buyer. A large part of selling a property these days is making it look good online. A property that looks good online will attract more potential home buyers to come look at it in person. Nowadays, all real estate transactions start online. Real estate photography is photography that gets potential home buyers to come look at properties that are for sale.
It sounds pretty obvious but you should clean your home. Buyers, upon entering your property should be welcomed with a clean, fresh smelling environment where they can envisage themselves living comfortably. Remember, dust all furniture and bench tops, sweep and mop the floors, vacuum the carpet and wipe off smudges from the walls.
If need be, rent a storage shed or ask a relative or a close
friend if they can let you use their garage during the selling campaign If you
have children, try and put away all toys. In the yard, hide bikes, scooters and
play equipment where possible.
Remember, buyers will notice the smallest problems to help them justify putting in a low offer. Don’t let them create a ‘to-do-list’ of repairs and maintenance. You know what needs to be fixed. Those small things that you can live with could be a major inconvenience for a property purchaser. Consider replacing old and worn carpet with floating floor boards. Apply a fresh coat of paint with light, neutral colours. Purchase new internal doors. All these repairs will help in getting you the maximum price when selling.
Just remember, it’s these things that will help with the final sale price. So roll up your sleeves, put in the effort and you will be rewarded at the end.