Preparing your home for sale.
Have you heard the expression “You never have a second chance at a first impression”? It's especially true when it comes to presenting your property for sale.
Many people will drive-by before deciding whether to book an inspection or attend an Open Home. Your property is usually just one in a very long list of properties a buyer will see, so it's crucial that they see it in the best possible light.
Put your best foot forward before arranging professional photography, the more desirable your property appears, the better your sale price is likely to be.
You can spend a lot of time and money on presenting your property perfectly online with professional photos and videos but it can be all for nothing if a buyer drives by or inspects the property and it doesn't match their expectations from the online advertisement.
- Painting or replacing the front door
- Fixing the letter box
- Tidying up the front garden by cutting down overgrown plants and trees and keeping the lawn neat
- Cleaning out garages and sheds to make them look more spacious
- Fixing little defects such as dripping taps or broken gates, and ensuring any fencing or other outside areas do not need to be re-painted
- Ensure your house number is clearly visible
- Wash down and clean external walls, gutters and any outdoor furniture
- Update the garden by simply adding some mulch and / or planting colourful flowers
- Ensure any water features such as pools or ponds are clean
- Turn on external lights for an hour or so on dusk to make the home look welcoming for any after hours drive-bys
- Painting in light natural, contemporary colours will instantly update your home without spending too much money
- Cover old sofas with new throws and cushions
- Change flooring to modernise and upgrade a dated look
- Changing the lighting fixtures, both inside and outside the property can provide a more modern look
- Eliminate any unnecessary clutter to make the rooms more spacious, this may include removing extra furniture which is overcrowding the rooms
- Clean carpets or wash curtains to remove any lingering odours and to breathe new life into tired furnishings
- Tidy up and de-clutter cupboards and clean up storage areas
- Fix little defects such as dripping taps, noisy or stiff doors and windows and check that all lights and bulbs are working
- Fix any cracks in the flooring or tiles and patch any holes in the walls
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