Preparing your House for Sale


Presentation of your property is a critical factor in achieving the highest possible price. The emotional appeal required to stir the spirit of the buyers is unlikely to be generated by a poorly presented property. So, it is important to do whatever is possible to have your property looking its absolute best on inspection day. Some of the turn offs for buyers include:

• Animal odours in the house
• Evidence of damp or moisture in the walls
• Cigarette or strong food odours
• Doors, windows or gates that stick
• Cracked glass
• Too much furniture or personal belongings cluttering the space
• Stained carpet.

To improve the presentation, seek an outside opinion as many of these problems can be fixed over a weekend for little expense. We are happy to recommend someone to you.

For vacant properties, we strongly recommend the use of hired furniture for the period of the sale.
We can recommend various companies to you and obtain quotes accordingly.
In our experience it is an excellent investment in maximizing the sale price of your property.

1881784_125.jpgMake sure the entrance to your home creates a good first impression. repair or replace old woodwork, clear away rubbish, cut your grass and tidy plants. You may even want to add a few new plants to create atmosphere and charm.

1881784_125-(1).jpgEnsure your bathrooms are attractive as they can be a major selling point. A fresh coat of paint, new mirror, blinds or curtains, green plants or even just a few soft matching towels can give an older bathroom a valuable lift in appearance.

1881784_125-(2).jpgIf your kitchen needs a makeover, add some baskets of fruit, flowers, attractive blinds or fresh paint. Put away the clutter and old electrical items, particularly if the kitchen is small.

1881784_125-(3).jpgCreate a bright atmosphere by opening curtains and blinds, clearing branches or brushes that are overhanging windows and by installing higher wattage bulbs in darker areas.
Generate an impression of space by opening windows and doors, removing any clutter including unnecessary furniture or ornaments and by keeping walkways clear.

1881784_125-(4).jpgKeep your home warm and welcoming in colder months by lighting open fires or putting on the heater. In summer, turn on the airconditioning or let in the breeze through open windows and doors.

1881784_125-(5).jpgIt is rarely necessary to conduct expensive structural work before selling a home. Make sure any obvious damage is repaired but take advice before adding extensions, pools or other major features.

1881784_125-(6).jpgLastly, ensure everything is clean, tidy and smelling fresh. Make the beds, clear the sinks of dishes, put away clothes and have your carpet professionally cleaned.