First impressions count in achieving a premium price for your property. Emphasising the best features of the property to potential buyers will help you to garner interest and begin working towards a successful sale.
Here are some of the things to keep in mind when presenting your home to the market:
Make a positive first impression with a garden that looks well maintained, some attractive pot plants and clean front porch area. Put all clutter such as shoes lying around, away and out of sight.
Ensuring you take the time to trim back your gardens and lawns is an essential thing to do before inspections.
Before every viewing give your property a once-over, ensuring that windows are clean – it’s surprising how much difference it makes to the light. It is particularly important to clean kitchens and bathrooms as these are generally the main areas purchasers are interested in.
Eliminate smoke and pet odours.
Open the windows and curtains to create a feeling of light and airiness
Less clutter will help make rooms appear larger and highlight the rooms potential. Be sure to hide anything that makes the home look busy and much smaller than what it is.
Increase the sense of space with mirrors and lights and leave all internal doors open.
Basic maintenance work will help to ensure buyers don’t find any faults. Make sure all minor repairs are taken care of and ensure all light fixtures and electrical equipment are in working order.
Create warmth by preparing your home to suit the temperature of the day. If it’s cold, turn on patio heaters and heating. If it’s hot, turn on fans and cooling systems.
Brew some fresh coffee and brighten the place up with fresh flowers.
A swimming pool is a superb attraction to buyers. Ensure your pool is vacuumed, the water crystal clean and clear of leaves and debris. Clean the edging tiles and store away pool equipment and toys. Set up any outdoor furniture to create a warm and inviting entertaining area.
Some people may not like animals as much as you do. Consider taking your pets to a friend or relative’s home for a period of time to get them out and away from the house on inspection day.
When cleaning, be sure to get rid of any signs that an animal has lived there including fur on couches, dirty paw prints and food bowls.