First impressions last.
Use these easy and inexpensive tips to ensure your home is presented well so you achieve the highest sale price in the shortest time frame.
A clean home is your number one priority
Ensure your floors, windows and bathroom sparkle. Carpets should be shampooed or steam cleaned, heating and air conditioning filters should be cleaned, drips and squeaks should be repaired, and your home including the storage areas should be tidy at all times. Consider how your home presents to other people, some odours can be a strong turn-off to potential buyers and be sure to remove any items that may be of offense to others’ beliefs or sense of humour.
Stage your home
Display your home in a way that will make it easy for a potential buyer to picture themselves living in your home. Too much clutter or not enough furniture will make it harder for them to achieve that vision and fall in love with your property. If you need some ideas visit a show home to see the levels of furnishings and decoration that is not too distracting. Having your furniture arranged to create an obvious purpose for each room will make each space more memorable when the buyer is mentally comparing potential homes. Define the spaces through a good layout.
Set the Mood
On open house days make your home feel welcoming. Switch on some lights, pull back the drapes, open those blinds and allow fresh air and sunshine to flow through. Set out some bright flowers or a bowl of fruit, have guest towels in the bathrooms and a subtle fresh scent. Remember, cosmetic changes do not have to be expensive, and giving the impression that your home is well maintained will help you get the price you want.
The Power of Paint
An easy and inexpensive way to brighten up your home and add value is with a fresh coat of paint. Use a neutral off-white to provide a blank canvas for the buyer to create their vision. Light colours make the rooms seem larger, and airier.
While all care will be taken to ensure the safety of your home is not compromised, it is wise to remove valuables such as jewellery and other items from view.
Tips for selling your home faster, for the highest possible price
We suggest you consider the following checklist to prepare your home for the market. Some of these points can assist in achieving you a quicker sale, and of course, achieve the best price. Coastal Real Estate Group has contacts with the right people who can help you prepare your home for sale.
- Have your gardens and lawns clear of rubbish, toys and garden tools.
- Have all glass, screens and entry ways cleaned and in working order.
- Ensure your entertainment areas are inviting and attractive.
- Ensure your pool and its surrounds meet the legal safety requirements and make sure it is alluring.
- Clean away any spider webs, dust and dirt especially in those hard to reach areas.
- Take advantage of this time to have a garage sale or donate unwanted bits and pieces to charity.
- Your garage, storage areas, shed, workshop etc should be tidy to appear efficient and spacious.
- Remove any oil stains from the garage floor and the driveway.
- Make sure the garbage and recycling bins are unobtrusive and tidy.
- Check the roof for cracked tiles and make sure the guttering is clear and rust-free.
- Repair any fencing that may have become worn over time.
- Use a pressure hose to clean all cement surfaces.
- Repair any cracks and freshen up paint.
- Fresh air and sunshine makes all the difference.
- Check paintwork on the walls and ceilings for blemishes, signs of dampness and loose plaster.
- All doors and windows should operate quietly and smoothly and the latches and locks should be in working order.
- Have the carpets shampooed or steam cleaned and repair cracked or loose tiles.
- Make sure water in baths and sinks drains away quickly and repair any leaky faucets.
- Adjust the temperature of your home accordingly. A warm, comfortable heated home on cold days adds a feeling of cosiness and welcome. On a hot day make sure your home is well ventilated and cool.
- Room deodorizers, subtle scents and fresh air can combat the odours from pets or cigarette smoke.
- If you do have pets, try to keep them out of the way or take them for a walk to the beach or park.
- Avoid having people present during inspections. Let the agent and buyer talk undisturbed.
- Neat, well organized cupboards will show the space is ample.
- Make sure your home is clean and tidy. Remove any dust or mould, clean all glass, surfaces, floors and walls.