1. Ask a favor!
First and foremost, ask a trusted friend to inspect your home as a buyer would and request they highlight any flaws in the presentation. Some can be overcome with minimal effort and cost, whilst it may not be feasible to attend others. This tip will help you identify possible areas of improvement in areas listed below.
A house filled to the brim is a major turn off for any buyer, and it makes rooms look much smaller. Empty each room of non-essential items and have a few non intrusive accessories dotted around the house. Also remove personal items, such as photographs, prized DVD collections and children’s paintings. These distract potential buyers as well as making it harder for them to imagine the property as their own.
All you’re de-cluttering will be completely wasted if the house is not clean. A clean house shows you take pride in your house and look after it, which will reassure the potential buyer that your home has been taken care of and is a sound investment. Thoroughly clean your home when it goes on the market and keep dusting, hovering and washing daily to keep it in top condition.
Although this may mean spending money on a property that you will not be staying in, a dated home is much harder to sell. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms when it comes to updating. One out of four people say a well designed bathroom is on the top of their wish list, with kitchens not far behind.
If these rooms just look tired then there are a number of quick fix’s you can do. In the kitchen, simply replace or paint and varnish the doors and if your units are still in good condition but look dated, just replace the doorknobs, handles and taps. Another trick is to fit good solid worktops on to existing units. A bathroom can be easily revitalized with new taps, shower curtain and accessories.
Prior to property inspections ensure that there is plenty of light, have curtains and blinds pulled open. Also using lamps instead of over head lights can create a softer and relaxed ambiance.
6. Use focal points
You may have strong, bold tastes but these don’t suit everyone and can scare buyers off! Research shows that most buyers prefer natural and earthy tones, and it makes rooms look more spacious. Believe it or not magnolia is still Australia's top selling colour! To add lives to rooms, without over-doing it, have a focal point; for example a wall of patterned wallpaper or use cushions and accessories.
Finish off all those on going DIY projects you been working on and if anything is broken fix it! There is nothing more embarrassing than a viewer testing something in a potential property and finding that it doesn’t work!
8. Organise Your Rooms
Give each room a purpose or function, this allows buyers to see the full potential of the property.
9. Appeal to the senses
Make sure buyers are not put off by your food tastes! Don’t cook any strong smelling meals before a viewing, for example fish. Baking bread, or freshly made coffee are said to create very welcoming aromas. If you have a pet, keep it outside or even ask someone else to look after it, and make sure there are no animal smells. Don’t mask smells with air fresheners, instead open windows and have flowers around the property.
10. Don’t forget the outside!
The outside of your home is the first impression a buyer will have, so make sure it’s a positive one. Tidy up the garden, clear out the gutters, clean your windows and give the outside a lick of paint. If you lack green fingers, plant pots are an easy way to add colour to your garden.
These tips should keep you busy, but if you want more ideas why not visit Harcourts Timboon. You never know you might find your perfect new home!