STANDING OUT IN A CROWD
First Impressions Count
When it comes to real estate, the heart and the head are working together. A well presented home will not only stand out in the crowd and will encourage more inspections, it can ensure a higher sale price. On the other hand a home that looks shabby and neglected may turn prospective buyers away even before they have had an inspection.
Presenting your home for sale so that it does stand out is not difficult but here a few basic thought to bear in mind. Sensible enhancements such as washing down walls and painting window frames where necessary, fixing up broken fences and gates and carrying out any essential plumbing are strongly recommended.
Put you self in the position of a prospective buyer and go through the property starting at the front with your agent, itemising the most cost effective enhancements to make. At Elders we have negotiated arrangements with interior designers, property stylists, landscape gardeners and trades people to help make the changes easily.
Here is a simple list of enhancement items that will start you thinking. No doubt there will be other that apply to your particular property and some on this list, which do not. Do whatever will present your home as a tidy, clean, cheerful place with a happy lived in atmosphere.
Leading up to the homes front door.
Begin garden improvements as soon as you decide to sell. This will give new plants and fertilised grass time to establish
Mow the grass (and nature strip), weed and tidy up any garden beds including adding a few new plants. Cut back overhanging branches, trim hedges and sweep the pathways.
Paint the gate and letterbox if they need it
Rake up any leaves and dispose of any branches, cuttings and debris. Store tools and bin or arrange them tidily and roll up the hose.
Up to a point, repair and repaint any part of the home that looks run down or shabby. Consider the gutters, facia, doors and windows
Check and fix any rotten timber that is part of stairs, railings or deck boards
Generally, clean the exterior. Bright sparkling windows and clean frames make a big difference
The walls and ceilings may need washing down. At a minimum remove any stains wherever they are. Skirting boards are often overlooked. You may need to get the carpets cleaned.
Doors and window frames should be cleaned and painted if required.
The kitchen and bathroom/s must be spotless (and no doubt they are in your home). Buyers open and shut doors, cupboards, fridges, and ovens. They inspect any appliances that are being sold with the house. These should all be clean and in working order.
In the bathroom remove any mildew and clean the grouting. A new shower curtain will be inexpensive and a good idea.
The increase the spaciousness, put any non essential items of furniture away in cupboards and open any curtains and blinds.
You can consider actually “styling” your home by hiring in other furniture, hanging mirrors where they create a larger room size impression. The same applies to thew outside area like a patio or garden which can be “dressed” if necessary with the right sort of outdoor entertaining furniture.
Most Buyers will be visiting more than one home on the same day so it’s competition time. The following finishing touches will help ice the cake.
Make sure the home is warm in winter and cool in summer
Put fresh flowers in some of the rooms, white or colour towels in the bathroom/s according to the overall colour scheme and a bowl of fruit on the table in the kitchen.
Set the formal dining room table and outdoor entertaining table as if you where expecting guests
Freshly brewed coffee smells inviting
Make the house nice and tidy but not to the point where it looks barren as if no one actually lives there
Ask a friends to look after you dog or cat and make sure the home is free from “pet” smells.
Hose down, paths, flower beds and lawn
Relax, go have a coffee at a friends house or café – leave the rest to your Elders Agent.