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Preparing Your Home For Sale

Preparing Your Home for Sale

There are many things to consider when preparing a home for sale. The main thing is to present your house as a well-cared-for place with no glaring problems. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. There are some small ways to maximise the instant appeal of your home. The effort and expenditure you put into preparing it for sale can be a highly profitable use of time & money.

Emotional decisions are based on sight, sound and smell. Therefore, your house must look attractive, the sounds should be unobtrusive, and odours should be inoffensive. Below are a few easy makeover tactics to help you sell at a premium price.

Improve the Interior of Your Home

  • Do a full spring clean, buy some storage boxes and get rid of all clutter.
  • Scrub walls, skirting boards, floors, tiles, windows, light switches and fixtures.
  • Repair any leaking taps or broken appliances you wish to include in the sale.
  • Check that all fittings and fixtures are in good working order.
  • Check that doors, windows, awnings and blinds open and shut correctly.
  • Ensure the kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas are spotlessly clean, and there are no chipped or broken tiles.
  • Use your best linen on the beds and the best towels in the bathroom.
  • Replace outdated light fixtures.
  • Clean carpets, lounges and curtains.

Improve the Exterior of Your Home

  • Wash down the external walls and clear out the gutters.
  • Sweep the driveway and paths.
  • Keep lawns cut and reseed any bare patches.
  • Trim back trees, especially if they are blocking light into the house.
  • Weed the garden, add some mulch to garden beds and put some colourful pot plants in clusters around the yard.
  • Keep garden furniture clean and tidy.
  • Clean the windows and entrance doors.
  • Tidy up the garage and garden shed.
  • Repair the fence if necessary.
  • Keep bins out of sight.
  • Keep water features, pools or ponds clean.

Property Tips

Don't overspend: The idea is to maximise appeal without emptying your pockets. If possible, ask family and friends to join you in a working bee that brings the property up to scratch.

Come up roses: If your garden is out of control and looks unloved, hire a gardener to tidy it up and add some hardy plants.

Make timely decisions: Arrange inspection times to coincide with the sun flooding the living rooms.

Think before renovating: While renovating can add value to a property, you can risk overcapitalising. In addition, many buyers are looking for a "Renovator's Delight". Ask your PRD Penrith real estate agent for their opinion before undertaking any significant changes.

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