Preparing For Sale

Not All Improvements will Make $$$

By Andrew McGrath

18-08-2018 |
Unless you’re selling a “Renovators Dream” you may want to tackle the odd jobs that you’ve been putting off. It’s not necessary to go to a great deal of expense or trouble before you list your home for sale - infact a couple of weekends worth of work should be all you need. Try to look at your home from a Buyer’s point of view. Buyers love the “Nothing to do but move in” type of house, so anything obvious, like broken gates or fences, overgrown gardens and lawns are an immediate turn off. You only get one opportunity to make a first impression and you can’t underestimate what “street appeal” can do to your chances of getting people through the door, so think of it as paid labour, because there will be a pay day! With the warmer weather here, if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor entertaining area or a pool, make sure they’re looking their best. Often buyers are looking for a home they can entertain in, or have the Family Christmas at, so if you’ve got it, flaunt it! Inside, do your Spring Cleaning and de-clutter at the same time. You want your house to have the bright and breezy feel. If the walls are looking a little tired, or your feature wall colour is now a little off, take the time to re-paint, because that “nothing to do but move in” may be worth an extra few thousand dollars to someone looking. Choose neutral colours and do the best job you can. If you think the room needs a splash of colour, go for a colourful rug or scatter cushions. A few dollars can make a big impact. Kitchens are big sellers, so take as much clutter off your kitchen benches as possible. If you have stone bench tops, show them off! Don’t go crazy with ornaments in here, a nice fruit bowl and some seasonal fruit will add plenty of colour ... or some flowers ... and if you choose well, a nice fresh aroma. In your bathroom pull out your best towels! Maybe dress the room with some candles. Baths are popular, so if you have one make sure it looks inviting. Glass shower screens are attractive too and can make the room look bigger. You might even pop an oil burner in the bathroom too. In the children’s bedrooms put as many toys as possible out of sight. Make sure the beds are made and if the weather is good, leave the windows open during inspections. We have plenty of other great ideas in our FREE booklet, Maintaining & Preparing Your Home For Profit. Simply call our office on 4972 1066 and we’ll post a copy to you - obligation Free.