10 Wonderful Ways To Get Your House Ready For Sale And Maximise Profits!

SO IT’S TIME TO MOVE  –  GETTING MAXIMUM BUCKS FOR LITTLE BANG IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK!

Moving house is such an exciting time, you have found your new dream home and you want to make sure that you make the maximum profit from your old house….follow these 10 Wonderful tips to help your house sell quickly and profitably in any market!

1. FIRST IMPRESSION IS A LASTING IMPRESSION

Call in the gardener or get outside and make sure you front yard is looking immaculate. Street appeal is vital and a little effort now can have big rewards..

  • Ensure the front yard is mowed regularly
  • Prune overgrown trees and shrubs
  • Weed the garden beds
  • Plant some annuals to give instant colour
  • Water regularly to keep it looking lush
  • Make sure the porch/entry is free from debris
  • Add a pretty pot plant or two
  • Touch up any painted areas that are looking a bit shabby

2. CLEAR THE CLUTTER

The less mess lying around, the bigger a space looks and space sells. NOW is the time to have that big clean out, the more you deal with now the less you will have to deal with on moving day, so double bonus for you!

  • Pack it, sell it, trash it or donate it! Choice is yours just move it.
  • Prepacking things you don’t need now, but don’t want to get rid of and find suitable offsite storage – use a professional site or borrow someone’s garage for a couple of weeks.
  • Clean out the linen closet, pantry and wardrobes. Prospective buyers will often open these to see how much storage is on ofter and if they have a can fall on their foot or a pile of sheets jump out at them, not a good look!
  • If your shelves are looking a bit daggy, line them with paper before replacing the items you are keeping or at least give them a good clean.
  • Those piles of old newspapers, junk mail or important documents need to be trashed or safely stashed.

3. SMELLING SWEET

No one wants to walk through an open house and be able to figure out what you had for breakfast, or be greeted by musty smells, get your home smelling sweet with these easy tips.

  • Open all the windows and allow fresh air to flow freely though your home.
  • Give the drains a flush with 1 cup of Bicarb Soda poured down each sink followed by 1 cup of White Vinegar and let this foam and bubble for 15 minutes. Follow with a good flush of hot or boiling water.
  • An hour before inspection time or in the morning before you leave the house if people are coming through later, burn some pure essential oils in a burner. Use oils that help induce feelings of happiness such as Mandarin, Orange, Lemon or Lemon Myrtle.
  • Sprinkle Bicarb Soda over the carpets. Leave for an hour and then vacuum thoroughly.
  • Brew a pot of coffee.
  • Bake a delicious treat like my Chocolate Brownie.
  • Burn scented candles, just blow them out before you leave.

4. KEEP IT CLEAN

I remember going to an open house and the kitchen was full of unwashed dishes, I could not get out of that house fast enough and didn’t even bother looking through the rest of it, cleanliness is vital for sale success.

  • Get the mould cleaner in to action, where ever it is get rid of it!
  • Get the carpets professionally cleaned or at least spot treat any larger marks yourself.
  • Make sure the beds are neatly made, preferably with neutral sheets – you might like big florals, but many won’t.
  • Dishes must be put in the dishwasher or washed and packed away.
  • Oven must sparkle.
  • Make sure all mirrors and windows are clean.
  • Sweep any outdoor areas.
  • Giving the walls a fresh coat of paint or a wash with sugar soap works wonders.
  • Hang fresh, clean towels or give them a refresh in the dryer.
  • Dust all surfaces regularly.
  • If you have a pool, make sure it is sparkling, not home to native frogs.

5. DE-PERSONALISE YOUR SPACE

The more neutral your space is, the easier it is for prespective purchasers to visualise their own belongings in your home, creating that bond that makes them want YOUR home.

  • Remove as many personal photo’s as possible.
  • If you collect unusual items or simply have a large collection of anything that others may not appreciate, pack it away!
  • Items of extreme value should not be left on display.
  • Don’t leave jewellery lying around on the bedside table.

6. LET THERE BE LIGHT!

Dark and dingly is out, light and bright is in!

  • Open every curtain or blind and let natural light flood in.
  • Dark corners can have a lamp on to create soft light.
  • If you have roll down security shutters, make sure they are open.

7. FINISH THE UNFINISHED

If you have half painted the fence or partly finished tiling the bathroom, get those jobs finished. They will stand out to prospective buyers. If the towel rails are just about ready to fall of the wall, or a tap is leaking, get it fixed NOW!

8. KEEP IT NEUTRAL

You might not have time or the funds to repaint those bright red feature walls, but you can make sure that all your soft furnishings are as neutral as possible. Sheets, towels, cushions, throws, even tea towels, should be clean, white, beige or cream unless statement colours are necessary.

9. THROUGH THE EYES OF OTHERS

You have probably lived in your current home for years, so you see it through your eyes and all the emotionl attachment of good and bad events that you have experienced. Invite your friends/family to tour through your home as if they were perspective purchasers and ask them for an honest opinion. Don’t take it personally, but what they pick up as negative and positive about your abode will possibly be how others will see it. Re-arranging furniture, altering artwork or shifting the focus of some rooms, ie. could a spare room be made to ‘look’ more like an office? Think outside the box and increase the value that others see.

10. BE FLEXIBLE!

Your agent calls to set up an inspection time, but it clashes with your tv viewing or other excuse! Remember, that this time suits your prospective buyers, so forget the football, watch it at a mates or record it. The more flexible and friendly you are, the better the results will be. Get the family involved in this process and give each member a task or selection of tasks to get the house ready for inspection in record time. Many hands make swift work of keeping things looking spick and span and ready to greet the ‘new’ owner.

Good luck!

What other tricks did you use to get the best results selling your house?

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