First Impressions Last
Your front door/entry area will set the stage for potential buyers. A few potted plants and a fresh clean entry is much more impressive than cracks in tiles an da weathered door. A few cosmetic touches help to create a welcoming atmosphere and might make potential buyers scrutinize less closely inside the house.
Inside, open curtains and windows maximise light, while subtly scented candles, aromatherapy oils or even the aroma of brewed coffee, create positive associations with the house. In winter, a moderate amount of heat provides cosiness. Fresh flowers add a touch of class.
Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. Clear kitchen work surfaces to make the entire kitchen look more spacious. Bathrooms with cosmetics and lotions decanted into glass bottles or ceramic containers will create a more sophisticated look. Minor appliance repairs will not only detract from the beauty of your home, but can turn into over-calculated repair estimates which may reduce a motivated buyer’s offer.
A few basic rules to consider when turning your home into your buyers home:
- De-personalise – Remove all the things that make your home “your” personal sanctuary (e.g., family photos and memorabilia), to help buyers visualise your house being their home.
- De-clutter – Pack up anything that is sitting on top of a countertop, table or other flat surface. Remember, a larger home will usually sell for more. When you reduce the amount of clutter, you create an optical illusion and rooms begin to appear bigger.
- Repairs – Make a list of all the repairs needed and strive for each item to be completed before the first inspection.
- Spring clean and keep it clean – From top to bottom so it sparkles. Don’t forget fans and air conditioners, windows and doors as well as their frames.
- Attend to the garden – Remove weeds, mow the lawns and trim unruly plants.
- Pet free zone – Not everyone loves pets and some people may be allergic
- Define each room – A bedroom that doubles as a weights room may confuse people
If you are thinking of selling your home, speak to one of our experienced agents and get some tips of presenting your home in the best possible light.
Method Of Sale
If you submit your property for Auction this means that prospective purchasers will bid against one another at a date and time suitable to you. You can set a reserve price, which is the minimum you will accept, and once bidding has passed that level you know you have a sale, as it will be unconditional and a predetermined deposit must be paid on the day. Sale by Private Treaty means that you set a price at which your property is to be marketed to the public through the marketing plan agreed to by you and the agent.