|SECRETS ON SELLING YOUR HOME
How prospective buyers initially feel when they view your home will make a big difference to your chances of a quick sale. You may like to peruse these few pointers.
Your Checklist – preparing your home for inspection
– Check the state of repair and cleanliness of the brickwork and facia boards. A quick hose, brush down or lick of paint may make your home instantly more presentable.
– Remove loose items such as toys, balls and tools from around the garden.
– Keep the lawns and gardens looking fresh, paying particular attention to weeds and dead leaves. Be ruthless in cleaning out the garage, carport and sheds.
– Keep your garbage bin as concealed as possible and odour free.
– Oil hinges and catches on gates and sheds, and repair any damaged fence panels.
– Roll up the garden hose, clean the barbeque area and kill all bugs.
– Keep the windows clean inside and out, and repair any cracks in walls and ceilings.
– Remove unwanted items to give a feeling of spaciousness.
– If you have any bare globe light fittings, fit an inexpensive shade.
– Have the curtains, blinds and drapes in sparkling condition.
– Don’t hide things in cupboards as the prospective buyer is likely to look everywhere.
– Watch for small faults that you may take for granted, like loose door knobs, leaking taps, lifting surfaces, cracked windows, warped doors, blown light globes, faulty switches, chips in plaster and scratched skirting boards.
– Remove any mould from the shower recess, and place air fresheners or fresh flowers in the toilets. Place fresh towels in the bathroom.
– Keep the oven, stove and microwave spotless. Remove dirty plates from the dishwasher.
– Be aware of odours. If possible, create a pleasant aroma by making a fresh pot of coffee or baking some bread or warming already cooked bread.
– Remove unnecessary fridge magnets and associated items from the fridge door.
– Have a bowl of colourful fresh fruit on the breakfast bar or kitchen bench.
– Put some quality “lifestyle” books or magazines on the coffee table.
– In warm weather, have the airconditioner running. Keep it on low to keep the noise down.
– In cooler weather, have a heater warming the feature room – everyone loves standing in a warm room on a chilly day.
– For security, remove all valuables and minimise the number of personal photos on display.
– Keep pets outside or better still, keep them away from the house when it’s open for display.
– Have some soft music playing in the background.