Put your best House forwardPreparing your house for sale should not cost you a huge amount. Remember, at the time of sale you’re trying to maximise your return – not prove that you’ve got the most impressive mansion in the street.
Always remember, most people find it hard to imagine things completed – don’t leave anything to the potential purchaser’s mind. So, what can you do to improve your returns?
At the very least, make sure your property is tidy – inside and out.
• It may be worthwhile hiring professional cleaners or gardeners – their cost is likely to be more than recouped.
In the garden, ensure that:
• All lawns are mowed
• All hedges are trimmed
• All edges are whipper-snipped
• Tree branches and plants are pruned – remove all dead foliage
• You use as much colour as possible during spring and summer; even the disinterested will be subconsciously impressed with a colourful garden.
• Drought resistant plants are installed in the nation’s drier regions.
• Strategically placed planters – especially near front entrances always impress.
• If you have any bare garden walls, character can be added cheaply with the application of earthy-toned paint stains. This is especially the case with trellis fences.
• Mulch any garden weeds, as well as ensuring that the garden itself is completely weed free.
• Sweep, or use a blower around garden paths and the outside of the property.
• If you have a pool, it must be immaculately clean.
• Ensure all door surfaces are very clean – especially front doors and garage doors. Always keep the garage door shut during your selling campaign.
• The property’s interior must be clean and tidy and preferably clutter-free. Household objects you value may not be viewed as important by potential purchasers.
• It’s a good idea to steam clean carpets and other floor surfaces as you embark on a selling campaign.
• Ensure any cracked walls or other surfaces are repaired – purchasers are likely to over-emphasise the cost of any minor repairs that could be attended to cheaply by you.
• Doors and windows should open easily and you shouldn’t have any creaking floorboards – and any leaky taps are out of the question.
• During open homes, the power of the aroma cannot be under-emphasised. Potential buyers will always be impressed by open fires in winter and the fragrance of baking bread and brewing fresh coffee – as opposed to the remnants of last night’s dinner!
• Also, make sure the house is lit properly during any open home sessions – a dark home in winter is always likely to depress rather than impress purchasers.