A property that “sparkles” on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbour, even though both are structurally well maintained. Presentation is paramount as First Impressions Are Lasting.
From our experiences, we also know that a “well-presented” property appeals to more buyers and will sell faster, and often for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well cared for property because if what they can see is maintained, what they can’t see has probably also been maintained. In readying your property for sale, consider:
How much should you spend
In preparing your property for the market, you should consider whether you would recoup the money you spend. For example, although a brand new roof will impress buyers, they may not give you enough extra money to pay for it.
There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive “touch-ups” to your property, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our expert sales consultants for advice.
Maximising interior appeal – Enhance your property’s interior by
Giving every room in the property a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone will make your property appear bigger and brighter. Some property owners with crowded rooms have actually rented storage units and moved half their furniture out, creating a minimalist, more spacious look.
Hiring a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market. This may be a good investment for owners who are busy elsewhere.
Removing the less frequently used, even daily used items from kitchen counters and cupboards, making these areas much more inviting. Since you’re anticipating a move anyhow, holding a garage sale at this point is a great idea.
If necessary, repainting dingy soiled or strongly coloured walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige.
- Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
- Replacing broken or cracked windows, mouldings, and other woodwork.
- Inspecting and repairing the plumbing, heating , cooling, and alarm systems.
- Repairing dripping taps and shower heads.
- Buying new towels for the bathroom, to be brought out only when prospective buyers are on the way, or during open inspections.
- Steam-cleaning the carpets is a simple yet effective way of enhancing the interior of your property to not only remove stains but odours as well
Of all the rooms inside your property, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. They should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odour free.
Let The Sun Shine In
It is imperative to let plenty of light into your property. Nothing improves atmosphere more than brightness. On a dull day it is advisable to switch lights on prior to the arrival of prospective purchasers.
Make Them Comfortable
A warm, comfortably heated property on cold days adds a feeling of cosiness. On a hot day don’t forget to turn on the air conditioning or fan (or simply let the breeze flow through).
Quick tips for opens and inspections
- Keep counter tops cleared
- Replace all burnt out light bulbs
- Open all curtains and window blinds
- Take pets with you or take them to a neighbour
- No dirty dishes in the sink
- No laundry in the washer/dryer
- Clean or replace dirty or worn carpets
- Put on soft music
- Buy new towels for the bathroom