ASK A TRUSTED FRIEND & YOUR ESTATE AGENT
When you have made the decision to sell your home, we suggest that you enlist the help of a trusted friend & your estate agent. We recommend that they inspect your property separately as a buyer would and to make comments in relation to any flaws in the presentation of the home. Then you can compare the comments and suggestions, some of these issues can easily overcome with minimal effort and cost. This tip can help you identify areas of improvement in the presentation of your home which may result in a much higher selling price.
DO A DE-CLUTTER
It is vitally important that when your home goes on the market that all unnecessary items of furniture and other personal items are removed, houses cluttered with furniture and personal items can make the home appear smaller than it actually is. It also makes it harder for potential buyers imagining the home as their own and it distracts the buyer from the main features of your home.
GIVE IT A GOOD CLEAN
A clean home shows that you take pride in your home and that you look after it, this will reassure any potential buyer that your home has been well taken care of and is a sound investment. A thorough clean prior to the home going on the market and a general clean whilst it is on the market will pay dividends when it comes time for buyer inspections, you want your home to be the shiny penny compared to other homes the buyer may inspect.
ATTEND TO ANY REPAIRS
Before the home goes on the market attend to all those little repairs that you have been putting off. Check throughout the home and if anything is broken fix it, there is nothing more off putting than a buyer opening a cupboard door and the door knob comes off in their hand. Minor repairs can be attended to by most handymen at very minimal cost.
LET IT BE LIGHT AND BRIGHT
A home that is light and bright gives a feeling of spaciousness and optimism, before any inspection ensure that curtains and blinds are open and any required lights are turned on. A home that it bathed in darkness appears smaller and gloomy and does not encourage the buyer to fully appreciate the lifestyle your home offers.
MAKE THE HOME INVITING
Make sure prior to any inspections that the home is well aired and if possible take the pets away from the home during the inspection. It is also highly recommended that you the home owners vacate the home whilst the buyers are inspecting your home, this gives the buyer a feeling of freedom to discuss different aspects of the home and their personal situation. If you are not able to leave the home during the inspection be polite with the buyers but leave all discussions with the buyer to your agent.
FIRST AND LAST IMPRESSIONS
It is vitally important the front and rear yards are well maintained, remember the front of the house is the first thing they see when they arrive and it is the last thing they see when they leave. Ensure pergola areas are clean and uncluttered, any external painting is attended to, windows are clean and clear, garden beds and lawns neat and tidy. You have one chance to make a lasting impression, make the best of it and prepare your home so it presents in it best possible fashion.