Presentation is important
They say you have to spend it to make it and preparing a property for sale is no exception. We're not talking tens of thousands of dollars but we are talking about an investment in solid marketing principles.
We are able to recommend people who can make you home look its best for your target market. They can do this with the furnishings you have or they can fill your home with fabulous things…whatever is appropriate.
Perhaps you simply need an objective eye to look over the place with a few suggestions on how to make rooms look bigger, grander, lighter, brighter, quainter, bolder or warmer.
We can also recommend people who simply 'do flowers' and others who will spruce up your home on inspection days so that you can carry on with life as normally as possible.
If you want to do this yourself here’s how…
Remove yourself emotionally
Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Picture yourself handing over the keys.
People collect an amazing quantity of junk so if you haven't used it in over a year, put it in storage. Clean off everything on kitchen counters. Rearrange bedroom wardrobes and kitchen cabinets. If everything is organized the prospective purchaser sees that you take good care of the rest of the house.
Rent a Storage Unit
Almost every home looks better with less furniture. Remove furniture that clutter walkways and put them in storage. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and leave plenty of room to move around.
Remove/Replace Favourite Items
Once you tell a buyer they can't have an item, they will want it. Pack those favourite items and replace them, if necessary.
Make Minor Repairs
Replace cracked tiles, patch holes in walls, fix leaky taps, fix doors and drawers that jam and replace burned-out light bulbs. Consider painting your walls light neutral colors.
Make the house sparkle
- Wash windows inside and out
- Rent a pressure washer and spray down pathways and exterior
- Clean out cobwebs
- Polish chrome taps and mirrors
- Clean out the refrigerator
- Vacuum daily
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures
- Hang up fresh towels
- Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
- Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer
- Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense
- Make sure window coverings hang level.
- Keep pathways clear
- Mow the lawn
- Paint faded window trim
- Trim your bushes
- Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.