How to prepare your property for SALE

Remember, first impressions always make difference. If you like to strive for the highest possible price for your valuable property. Consider, few key areas to focus on when preparing your home for sale:

1. Pay basic repairs - One of the biggest turn-offs for buyers is wear and tear such as chipped tiles, cracked windows, scuffed paintwork, stained carpets, and other obvious signs of damage. These unsightly areas instantly alert buyers there is work required, which can diminish their initial enthusiasm for your property and lower the price they are prepared to pay.

Discuss with your agent which areas you should overhaul before holding open homes. You want to ensure you are increasing appeal without overcapitalising.

2. Clean and declutter - Study other houses currently on the market and you will see they have been decluttered, cleaned thoroughly, and may even have been styled to look modern and pristine.

Removing lots of clutter makes the prospective buyer able to see the room properly while more importantly, making the room appear larger.

Cleaning the house, even hidden areas such as under the sink, makes the house look well-cared for. This gives the buyer a subliminal impression that the house has been well-maintained and there should be no hidden problems.

3. Stagging your home – Stagging or styling is another instant facelift that can give your property a fresh look which appeals to buyers. You can hire a stylist to take care of this for you or hire furniture and accessories and do it yourself.

How to fix up a home before putting it on the market.

If you’re handy and have good DIY skills, you can undertake many of the small jobs around the house yourself, bringing it to peak condition and ready for sale. If not, you can hire a local handyman to help you.

Walk through the house with a notepad and create a list of all the areas which need improvement.

Let’s start your own initial assessment to check:

  • Front fence - Is it in good condition? Does it need vines pulled away, a paint job or repairs?
  • Front lawn - Is it lush and tidy?
  • Pathway - Are there cracks that need to be fixed? Would paving paint give it a nice facelift?
  • Front door -Is a new door required, or does it need to be painted?
  • Windows - Are they clean and do the surrounds need filling or painting?
  • Facade - Does it need to be pressure-washed or repainted?
  • Interior walls - Are they all looking pristine or freshly painted in neutral tones?
  • Architraves - Are they chipped, dented, or need new paintwork?
  • Flooring - Are the carpets clean and in good condition? Are there floorboards underneath which can be polished?
  • Kitchen - Are the cabinets in good condition? Would painting them improve and modernise the space? Would replacing the benchtop make it look contemporary? Does the splashback need to be replaced?
  • Bathrooms - Are the tiles in good shape? Does the grouting need to be cleaned or replaced? If the tiles are dated, would they be better painted with tile paint?
  • Laundry - Is there ample storage and useful counter space?
  • Back yard - Are the plants trimmed and garden beds weeded? Would planting some flowers and pots of colour add some wow factor?
  • Pool - Is it clean, properly fenced, and surrounding areas furnished with an inviting setting?

These are some of the areas to consider revamping to create a positive impression of a well looked after house. Talk to your agent about any areas needing improvement, but make sure you don’t overcapitalise.

Consider value adding UPGRADES

Not all renovations will increase your profit margin when you come to sell your property. Some projects will cost more than they will ever return. So, what are the most lucrative projects to add value to your home and give you the best outcome?

1. Exterior - Buyers get the first impression of your home from the exterior. Grab their attention with fresh-looking cladding materials or colours on the facade. Make the home more visually appealing by painting the trims, gutters, fascia and bargeboards. Replacing the front door with a modern door can add a wow factor while painting the existing door adds a pop of colour. Simple landscaping can also make your home look more appealing. Ensure the front garden is tidy, lawns mowed, and flower beds weeded and mulched. Modernise, repair or paint fences, awnings, porticos, and porch details, and consider adding a new house number and letterbox to update the exterior. If there’s no fence, consider adding one along the front boundary to add definition.

2. Kitchen - The kitchen, being the heart of the home, is important to buyers. Giving a good impression here could make the difference in a great sale price. You don’t need to replace the entire kitchen, as this can be expensive, and you may risk overcapitalising. Instead, look for ways to bring your kitchen up to date. This could include painting timber and laminate cabinetry, changing the tapware and adding on-trend lighting to modernise the space. Ensure your appliances are in good working order and are clean.

3. Bathroom - Buyers prefer bathrooms to be modern with clean and stylish fixtures and fittings. Although it is easy to overcapitalise here, easy facelifts can make the difference. Replacing the taps and shower head with modern, good quality tapware is an easy update. If the tiles are dated, they can be painted with tile paint for an instant revamp at little cost.

4. Repainting - A fresh coat of paint always gives a home an instant lift, so choose neutral but modern colours. Have consistent colour shades throughout the house to create a modern flow-through effect, as opposed to jarring colours in every other room.

5. Outdoor area - Buyers love indoor-outdoor living as an extension of the house. Creating a well-designed all-weather area can help buyers can imagine themselves living here and enjoying the lifestyle it offers.

6. Neat and tidy backyard

A backyard should be well-maintained and ideally have an entertaining area.

Should you stage or style your house before the sale?

Having a home that does not present well could end up costing you in the long term, so target the styling to showcase your property’s selling points.

An empty house or apartment looks cold and uninviting while a poorly furnished one is a turn-off too. But you can alter the perceptions of your property easily with staging.

Home staging involves bringing furniture and homewares in to create a space that appeals to a broader market. Styled houses not only look more appealing, but they also photograph better – a bonus in today’s competitive market.

You can hire a professional home stager, or if you have an eye for design, you can do it yourself. You must take the emotion out of the equation and look at your home as a prospective buyer would. Fresh, modern, clean, and bright should be your aim.