Tips for a successful sale of your property
You only get one opportunity to present your property to the market and to create a great first impression. Failing to strike the right chord with buyers can cost you a lot of money so it’s important you get it right the first time.
Potential buyers are looking for love at first sight. They are seeking that instant attraction; something that makes their heart beat a little faster, complimented by good looks and a little charm.
This list of 10 simple things will get your property ready for sale and won’t cost you a fortune.
One – Looking your best
Street appeal is so important. Tidy the yard, put out fresh mulch in the garden and add a new latch to the fence so that it opens easily. Give the fence a fresh coat of paint, wash the house and acid wash your pavers or concrete paths.
Two – Meet you at the front door
Your agent will greet your potential buyer at the front door. They may take their shoes off and will definitely have time to look around at this point. The front door needs to be clean with a homely touch, such as twin pot plants or a welcoming door mat.
Three – Spring clean
De-cluttering will make the whole house feel larger and take away distractions from the buyer so they can focus on the house. Take all appliances off the kitchen bench tops.
Four – Let there be light
If the temperature is right, open your windows, doors and curtains creating light and fresh breezes. Put lights on, even in the daytime, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. Lamps are effective too.
Five – Expecting someone?
Present the house as if you were about to have friends over. Set your table, it doesn’t have to be a formal setting. Put some nice glasses and a jug of water out or a loaf of bread on a platter. If you have a deck or courtyard, focus your efforts there rather than on a formal dining area that is not regularly used.
Six – In bloom
Use striking fresh flowers to create a centre piece in a room. You can match flowers to the colours of the cushions on your couches to brighten the room.
Seven – Bedroom etiquette
Make sure your bed spread is crisply ironed and the bed is made perfectly. Purchase a new doona cover if you’re not happy with the ones you have but keep it neutral. A blanket neatly folded at the end of the bed is very effective and you can add extra pillows to make your bed the feature. You can get some great ideas from magazines.
Eight – Sexing up the bathroom
Soaps, hand towels, towels and bath oils should be displayed in the bathrooms, again to look like guests are coming over. Buy a beautiful set of towels and quality soaps that you use just for the open house.
Nine – Creating the mood
Music works extremely well as buyers can freely look and talk about the house without feeling like someone is watching over them. Compilations of softer tracks and instrumental music set the mood making potential buyers as comfortable as possible.
Ten – Your best hour
Know the best hours in the day to present your house. If your house faces west it is better to do an open house in the morning. This is important if you do not have air-conditioning. If your house has a lot of shade, hold open houses in the warmer hours. Work out when the entertaining areas are sunlit but not too hot.