Tips For Presenting Your Property For Sale
First Impressions Count
The exterior of your property is often the first impression a prospective buyer will have. Make your home as inviting as possible by keeping the gardens mulched and tidy. Mow and edge the lawns regularly and keep them as green as possible. Sweep the entrance to the front door and make sure the door handle and locks are in good working order.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Ensure that your home is as clean as possible to enhance it’s appeal. Seeing other people’s dirt in what could potentially be their home can be a turn off for buyers. While it’s not always possible to have your home in display house condition, keeping the windows clean is important. Kitchens and bathrooms are the one of the most important areas of your home to a buyer – make sure toilets are sparkling and exhaust fans, the oven and hotpates are clean.
Fix The Little Things
Some repairs might seem minor but when they all add up, it can make a big difference. Fix leaky taps, loose knobs, sticking doors and other minor flaws. Every small maintenance issue gives the buyer more bargaining power when negotiating a deal.
A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place
When presenting your house for sale, always show the size of a room to it’s full potential. Clutter can make rooms appear to be smaller than they actually are. By clearing out that spare room, basement or utility space, prospective buyers will be able to fully appreciate the available space. Make sure doorways and walkways are clear. Benches should also be cleared and personal items should be put away.
Make It Comfortable
Buyers can look at photos of a property on the internet but they ‘get a feel’ for the place during an inspection. Use light effectively to create a bright inviting interior. During the winter, open the curtains, turn on the heating and brew a fresh pot of coffee. During the summer, make sure the airconditioning is on and the pool pump is running. Bedrooms shouldn’t look like they’ve just been slept in, try to go for comfortable and tidy with not too many personal items.
Man’s Best Friend
You may love your furry friends, but not everyone does. Try and eliminate pet odours and fur, and make sure your lawn is clear of excrement. Take your pets out when you have a Home Open.