June 29, 2022

Preparing Your Home For Sale

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Preparing your home for sale can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, the smallest of changes can have the biggest impact. Here are some of our tips of the things you can do before putting your house on the market.

 

Enlist the eyes of an agent

Seeking advice from an agent is the most efficient and cost effective approach to prepare your home for sale. A free market appraisal will allow you to decide whether the agent is the right fit for you. They will know what buyers are looking for and help you tailor any home improvements to appeal to the current market, saving you both time and money.

Be realistic

Consult with your agent about whether the money you are putting into your home will be recuperated in the final sale price. Remaining realistic will help you to establish a budget for home improvements and prioritise the projects that will have the highest impact on your sale price. Consider the amount of time you have to dedicate to the improvements around your home, your skill level and the availability of trades. This will help to establish an accurate timeframe in which your home will be ready to be put on the market.

Renovate or revive?

A new kitchen or bathroom can add significant value to a home, but it may not be within your budget or timeframe to rip everything out and start from scratch. The good news is you may not have to. If the cabinetry is in good shape and the space has a functional layout, a fresh coat of paint, updated fittings or changing the appliances can make a space look brand new. Keeping your colour choices fresh and neutral will add to the feeling of ‘newness’ and appeal to most
buyers.

 

Fill in the missing pieces

Every home has those odd jobs that have blended into the background and are hardly noticeable to their owners anymore. However these minor imperfections are often the first things a buyer will notice and quickly trigger their disinterest in the property. Have a look around your home, is there a downlight burnt out that you have learned to live with? Or a patch on the wall that you never got around to re-painting? Fixing these little things can have a huge impact and may stop prospective buyers looking for other problems in your home.

Looking from within

It is common for buyers to ask for a pest and building inspection during the cooling off period. Consider booking your own inspections before listing to give you peace of mind knowing that no hidden surprises will pop up and hinder your sale.

A breath of fresh air

Now is the time to give your home a thorough clean to have it looking its absolute best and ‘move in ready.’ Small things such as mold spots in the grout in the bathroom or dusty skirting boards may be things that you have learned to live with but give the impression that the property is unclean or high-maintenance to upkeep. If you are time poor or do not have a cleaning bone in your body, it may be best to outsource this one to a professional.

‘Spark Joy’ in others

In the words of Marie Kondo, your belongings should ‘spark joy’ – but what about sparking joy in prospective buyers? Your trinkets and memorabilia may make you smile fondly but blur the vision of buyers trying to imagine their own belongings in the space. Getting in touch with a stylist about how to stage your home for sale can help best prepare the space so others can envisage living there. Local stylist Lynne Brame is a great person to chat with about The Importance Of Property Styling.

Word on the street

First impressions count, and although we are told not to judge a book by its cover, the street appeal of your home is crucial for buyers to take the next step inside the front door. Simply weeding overgrown garden beds, pruning trees and shrubs, replacing old edging and placing down fresh mulch can give the impression of a well-cared for and low-maintenance garden. It will photograph well and catch prospective buyers’ eyes as they browse through listings.

One last piece of advice…

develop a trusting relationship with a local agent who has experience in selling properties just like yours. Your agent is the one that can guide you in the right direction so that you are the one who is smiling when the sold sign is standing.

Chat with Daniel Jennings and find out the new market value property today
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Article by Rowan Stubbs

Rowan has been selling Blue Mountains’ lifestyle properties for over 15 years. His calm and understanding manner makes him a valuable partner in any negotiation. With extensive knowledge and experience, Rowan ensures a smooth and focused journey towards the best possible outcome for all.