Preparing Your Property for Sale

This guide was prepared this guide to assist sellers of houses to prepare their property for sale. the Real Estate markets around the world seem to be contracting so it is essential properties are well prepared and presented to maximise the sale price,

Look at your home as a prospective purchaser would.If you are buying a replacement home then it shouldn’t be hard to see your home as a buyer would. A great first impression could make the difference between selling and not selling. An unkempt yard with garbage, messy gardens and the front door in a state of disrepair will not leave a good impression.

Below is a list that will help you ensure property looks the best it can.

1. Clean rubbish away

This is usually easy to do and is a critical element in the presentation of your property.

2. Landscaping

Landscaping of the garden to tidy up the exterior and compliment the house is a great impression builder. This does not mean major reconstruction.

3. Painting

The quick lick of a brush on fences and exterior walls can make a great impression. If you can’t paint then at least wash them.

4. Tidy up and wash

Clean and organised looking homes are far more appealing to buyers. Clear windows, clean carpets, dust-free blinds, a clean kitchen paying attention to the sink and stove top, clean bathrooms and remember to use deodorisers to remove odours (smoking, cooking etc),…

5. Repairs

Attend to repairs of plumbing, general property hardware like windows, doors and cupboards and also screens if possible for good effect.

6. Create openness

Box and store any excess belongings.

7.Remove clutter

Remove most items from shelves, cabinet tops and mantle pieces to remove clutter and create a feeling and sense of space.

8. A bright home is cheery.

To create a warm and inviting feeling ensure the home is well lit with natural light and if needed switch on lights as required and, weather permitting, open windows and doors to build that spacious feeling.

9. Smells should be masked with nice scents

Make sure the place smells like roses or something like bread or a cake baking. Nice aromas are often the factor that causes a buyer to trigger positive emotions and memories. Freshly crushed mint is also a winner.

10. Mould and moisture

Ensure potentially moist areas have great ventilation to help remove moisture and mould which is an indication of moisture. As a buyer you wouldn’t be impressed with a house exhibiting evidence of mould and neither will your buyers. Wipe any mouldy areas with bleach to kill any spores.

11. Outdoors

Ensure children’s and pets toys are hidden away or neatly stored. It’s also recommended that you take washing off the line and remove pegs from the clotheslines.

Take on board these easy to do tips and impress your buyers. Remember the last thing they will usually see is what they saw as they entered. You want your prospects to make an offer so make sure you make a first class impression.