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Top tips for preparing your home for sale

By Georgia Harrington
  1. Clean & declutter
    Make your move easier by beginning the packing process now. Throw away broken items, donate those that haven’t been used in over 12 months and move into storage items that are out of season or just ‘taking up space’. When you clean, pay attention to the details, such as skirting boards, windows (inside and out), the nooks and crannies of your appliances and straighten up the contents of your wardrobes.
  2. Finish projects and repairs
    You’ll likely find a buyer more quickly and the sale process will be much smoother if any fix-up jobs and home improvement projects underway are taken care of before you list your property.
  3. Do a thorough inspection
    To avoid any unpleasant surprises during the sale process, check for water damage, plumbing leaks, any signs of insects or rodents, and ensure your window seals and screens are intact.
  4. Paint
    While you may love your aubergine walls, there’s a good change that most buyers won’t. To make your home appeal to the largest possible audience, paint walls in neutral colours in a matt finish. You want to provide a blank cavas that allows buyers the ability to visualise their own style.
  5. Freshen up fixtures and hardwares
    Dated light fittings and switches, bathroom mirrors, taps, shower heads and cupboard door and drawer handles can all be replaced for relatively little money and make a huge difference in terms of visual appeal.
  6. Clean or replace flooring 
    Carpets should be shampooed and treated for stains. Tile and hardwood surfaces should be thoroughly swept and mopped to a shine. Flooring that is badly marked, damaged or worn beyond repair should be replaced.
  7. Create a welcoming entrance 
    Your front door is the first thing potential buyers will see when they visit your home, so remember to make it inviting. Paint the door if needed, update the hardware, keep decorations minimal, clean and declutter the entrance area.
  8. Stage
    Place furniture to maximise the feeling of space and light in your home, with an eye to how rooms flow into each other. If your decor isn’t cutting it, moving your belongings into storage and renting furniture and artwork from a home staging service can increase your home’s appeal significantly.
  9. Eliminate odours 
    Masking smells with air fresheners isn’t a good idea – they’re often overwhelming and cause allergies in many people. Rather, include freshly cut flowers and the scent of cinnamon (boil quils on the stove and remove the pot before viewings)
  10. Get your real price 
    Look at comparable listings and recent sales in your area to help you determine  how much you can expect to sell in today’s market. Most importantly, ask for your agent’s advice.

    If you’re looking to sell, buy or want to know more about property management and investments, contact our team today on 9571 6777 or visit one of our expert agents at our office located at 276 Neerim Rd, Carnegie today.

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