You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Therefore the main
thing is to present your home in a well maintained condition. There are some
little ways in which you can maximize the instant appeal of your home. The
effort and expenditure you put into preparing it for sale can be an extremely
profitable use of time & money.
Emotional decisions are based on sight, sound and smell. Your house must look
attractive, the sounds should be unobtrusive and odours should be inoffensive.
Below are a few easy makeover tactics to help you sell at a premium
- Do a complete spring clean, buy some storage boxes and
get rid of all clutter.
- Scrub walls, skirting boards, floors, tiles, windows,
light switches and fixtures.
- Repair any leaking taps or broken appliances that you
wish to include in the sale.
- Check that all fittings and fixtures are in good
- Check that doors, windows, awnings and blinds open and
- Make sure the kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas are
spotlessly clean and there are no chipped or broken tiles.
- Use your best linen on the beds and best towels in the
- Replace outdated light fixtures.
- Clean carpets, lounges and curtains.
- Wash down the external walls and clear out the gutters.
- Sweep the driveway and paths.
- Keep lawns cut and reseed any bare patches.
- Trim back trees, especially if they are blocking light
into the house.
- Weed the garden, add some mulch to garden beds and put
some colourful pot plants in clusters around the yard.
- Keep garden furniture clean and tidy.
- Clean the windows and entrance doors.
- Tidy up the garage and garden shed.
- Repair the fence if necessary.
- Keep bins out of sight.
- Keep water features, pools or ponds clean.
On the morning of the inspection:
- Give each room a quick tidy, put dishes away, empty the
bins and vacuum or sweep if necessary.
- Let as much natural light in as possible and keep
lights or lamps switched on in the living areas.
- Add a vase of flowers and a bowl of fruit to the living
area to create a homely and welcoming atmosphere.
- Make sure it's not too hot or too cold indoors - turn
on the heater or air conditioner if necessary.
- Remove your valuables.
- Don't hang around - leave the meeting and greeting to
your PRDnationwide Agent.
- Don't overspend: The idea is to maximise appeal
without emptying out your pockets. If possible, ask family and friends to
join you in a working bee that brings the property up to scratch.
- Come up roses: If your garden is out of control
and looks unloved, hire a gardener to tidy it up and add some hardy
- Make timely decisions: Arrange inspection times to
coincide with the sun flooding the living rooms.
- Think before you
renovate: While renovating can definitely add value to a property, you can
risk overcapitalising. In addition, many buyers are looking for a
"Renovator's Delight". Ask your PRDnationwide real estate agent
for their opinion before undertaking any major changes.