Want to sell quickly and for the highest possible price? So does everyone. But after working with hundreds of property sellers and the perfect real estate agents all over Australia, we’ve seen it all, and there are home presentation strategies that work and those that don’t!
Many people spend too much time or too much money preparing for a sale. Don’t make this mistake. Follow these 5 simple and low-cost tips to a quicker sale at a higher price. Who wouldn’t want that?
Tip #1 Landscaping: Declutter your entrance
• Prune back unruly shrubs • Clear away dead leaves • Weed the flower-beds • Mow the lawn, and use an edger to tidy up any messy lines • Waterblast pavers, driveways, and the outside of your house • If appropriate, buy some new soil or mulch, for a fresh looking garden
Cost: $0 Time: Half a day to a weekend, depending on the garden
The key here is to work smart, not hard. Do: Work on the things that will have a big impact, such as clearing away mess. Don’t: Spend a lot of time and money on new plants or re-designing the space.
For more tips on how to boost your home's street appeal, check out our in-depth article here.
Tip #2 Repair: Show buyers a functional, well looked after property
• Check the lights work / replace any blown lightbulbs • Tighten up loose hinges and wobbly doors • Spray WD-40 on creaking doors and fittings • Fix any cracked glass on windows • Remove broken and old flyscreens • Paint over cracks and patches on the walls
Cost: $0-$500 depending on your DIY skill level and materials Time: Half a day to a day
The little things matter because they indicate to a potential buyer the condition of the overall property. A buyer who sees a well-functioning surface feels comfort that the things they CAN’T see are also well-functioning.
Tip #3 Freshen up: Modernise your look with a few low cost upgrades
Tip #5 Spring Clean: Have buyers feeling ready to move in
• Once you have de-cluttered (or during), it is time to give the place a thorough spring clean • As you are cleaning out the linen cupboard, wipe the shelves out and refold the linen so it looks neat and tidy • In the laundry, wipe down all the shelves and clean the dryer filter as well as the appliances themselves • Vacuum all those hard to reach places under the bed, behind the couch, underneath the rug, etc • Clean out the pantry and wipe down the fridge as well as all the cupboards and drawers in the kitchen • Give the bathrooms a solid clean so that the shower, basins and tubs look fresh and sparkling • Give all the windows a good clean inside and out
Cost: $0 to $200 depending on if you clean or hire someone to do it for you Time: Half a day Think about what you would expect if you went to a 5-star hotel. Clean sheets, no dust anywhere, impeccably clean bathroom, right? The same is true of people coming through your home on Open Home day.
So for the sake of four weekends and under $2000, put your best foot forward to potential buyers. You will sell faster (less Open Homes!) and for a higher price (we all want that!). Also, if you get organised then this will make life less stressful later on when you need to move. You’ll be drinking champagne and searching for your next dream house instead of madly packing and cleaning out the old place.
For more tips =check out our article on how to increase the value of your property before you sell.