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How to: Prepare your home for sale
When preparing your home for sale, it’s important to step back and look at it from a potential buyer’s perspective. I realise that this level of objectivity can be difficult to cultivate (it is your home afterall!) but it’s an absolute necessity if you want to achieve the best sales result possible.
And while the market is running hot, and the media would have you erroneously believe that anything will sell, there are a number of minor home improvements that will drastically impact how long your home is on the market and what price is ultimately fetches. While it can feel daunting, if you are chasing top dollar, you really have to put the effort in.
There’s a reason that Marie Kondo’s system of home organisation was such a runaway success. Most of us have far too many things in our homes (many of which do not ‘spark joy’) and many of them can impede a potential buyer’s ability to really see themselves in the home.
Sort through your house methodically, room by room, discarding clutter as you go. Not only will your home look better during the sales period but you will have less to pack away when you are moving out. And if you have any larger, non-essential furniture items you could think about putting them in temporary storage to make your home feel more spacious.
Deep cleaning your home has the potential to make a huge difference on the way that it is initially perceived. Professionally cleaned carpets and windows make all the difference, as does a super deep internal clean. At a minimum, you should wipe down every surface and give the kitchen and bathrooms some love too – ie. properly clean the oven and remove any mould build-up in the bathroom.
A fresh coat of paint makes a huge difference when taking your home to market and we recommend neutral colours to make it more appealing to a wide range of buyers. It’s a good idea to think beyond the walls too because freshly painted woodwork (skirting boards, architraves and window frames) will increase the value of your property.
Whether it’s a lick of paint on your front door, some statement pots either side of it, or removing oil stains on the driveway with a high-pressure hose, first impressions really do count. Never underestimate the power of street appeal in making a fabulous first impression on prospective buyers.
Just as a bunch of beautiful blooms has a massive impact on the feel of a lounge room, a tidy and green garden can really help to sell a house. Whether you engage a gardener or DIY, pulling out weeds, trimming hedges, mowing the lawn and mulching garden beds will make all the difference when it comes to a buyer’s first impression.
A proven way to command a higher sale price, property staging, and styling is a must if you really want to emotionally connect with your buyer. We have an amazing collection of furniture, plants, artwork and homewares that will transform your home; we know how to make rooms look more spacious, more inviting and more desirable to potential buyers.
Whether your home requires a partial style, or a full stage if it is vacant, our Stage Style Sell approach can help you with this.