Preparing your home to sell – what to do to get the best results. By Melissa Verschuur
Selling your home can be a stressful process. Being prepared will make this journey easier for your family and help you achieve a great result. We are with you all the way. This Step-by-Step guide walks you through the process of how to get the best results and have you moving in no time.
Sparkle from the street
Don’t underestimate the power of the ‘drive-by’. It’s that critical First Impression that lasts with most buyers as many will keep on driving if your home looks un-inviting or unloved. Trimming trees, replacing fence palings, a shiny new number on your letterbox and a quick water blast to freshen up works wonders. However, don’t forget your front door – it’s more important than most people think. Make an impact! There are only 2 things your front door will say – welcome home or enter at your own risk.
Your memories are laying beautifully around your home, but buyers need to be able to see their future memories in this space too. A quick run around to ‘de-personalise’ your home will offer the blank canvas most buyers are looking for. Remove your heirlooms and pack up the portraits ready for your new home.
You’ve been ‘meaning to fix’ that loose doorknob for years, right? Or that ‘odd colour’ feature wall that was there when you moved in and you always said you’d get rid of it but never did? Now is the time. All those little items will draw attention to a buyer in a negative way. Replacing dated or damaged tapware and cupboard handles in a kitchen or bathroom are a great way to give it that mini makeover and are an inexpensive way to add value.
Nothing says “my owner has loved me” like a spring clean. Top to toe – give your home a good scrub. Window tracks, light fittings, skirting boards, ceiling fans, tile grout – all those little things that don’t get done often make a huge difference to a buyer. It gives them confidence that the home has been maintained.
How we decorate to live and how we decorate to sell are entirely different. When a buyer is touring your home they need to imagine themselves in this space. Keep it minimal, elegant and neutral. Excess furniture should be placed in storage to assist with making your rooms feel more spacious. A few minor styling touches like throw rugs, cushions and a fresh pot plant will make a huge difference.
Before you even THINK about selling, you should be discussing your goals with an agent. It is our job to give you the guidance and direction you need during this journey. We know what current trends buyers are looking for, the best times in your area to sell, the local tradesmen to assist you with preparing your home and we will walk you through each step. Having that commitment and connection well before you need it is critical to your success. You may not need us for months, even years, but when the time is right, one of your biggest decision has already been made – who’s going to get the job done for you. Melissa and Michael Verschuur