It’s essential to put your best foot forward when selling your property. While you cannot change things like location, size, or views, minor cosmetic updates can dramatically affect buyer interest. In this blog, our agents outline eight actions items to consider when preparing your property for sale.
Less is more. Clutter can make a property look smaller, affect its flow, and subconsciously deter a potential buyer. Remove loose items from counters, windowsills, tables. Tidy behind closed doors – a curious buyer will open closets, drawers, and cupboards. Clear gardens, pathways, and exterior entrances for curb appeal.
Buyers like to visualise themselves living in a space, so the goal is to create a blank canvas. To do this, remove any distractions like family photos, bold artwork, eclectic furniture, and personal items.
The small things matter. Think move-in ready. Touch up scuff marks, tighten loose handles, replace broken fixtures, mow the lawns, and weed the gardens. Buyers are looking to fall in love, not add repairs to their to-do list.
You might love your bold accent wall, but it’s likely it won’t be to everyone’s taste. A fresh coat of neutral paint can go a long way to help buyers see the potential of your property. Light colours are preferable, as they create a blank canvas.
Furnishings can make a huge difference. Plants create a welcoming environment. Flowers or a fruit bowl can lift a room. Fresh decor can modernise a property. Consider a professional home stager if you need a little extra help or want to give your house an extra lift. Stagers know the market and what sells.
You may be oblivious to the way your property smells. Invite a friend or third party to assess any scents. Lingering pet, food, and smoking odors can be dealbreakers for buyers. Let in some light and air. If smells are pervasive, consider deep cleaning or masking techniques, but don’t go overboard with distinct artificial scents.
This is a no-brainer. The cleaner, the better. And remember to maintain cleanliness from the day you list the property to the day you sell. You never know when a buyer may schedule a last-minute viewing. Pay special attention to skirting boards, walls, and doors – the property will look cared for if they are in good condition.
☑ Enlist a great real estate agent!
As you’ve just read, it pays to prepare. The best form of preparation is a qualified real estate agent. An experienced and knowledgeable agent will guide you through all the above steps, as well as advise you on the market and stand-in for you during the selling process – including for the intimidating parts like negotiation and settlement.