When it comes to selling your home, you’ll no doubt want to present it in its best light.
A clean, tidy, presentable home in which potential buyers can visualize their future in is always going to sell quicker and at a higher price than one with a tired, cluttered or dull aesthetic.
While you may want to enlist the help of a professional interior decorator or stylist, there are plenty of easy ways you can beautify your home without spending too much money or time.
As the vendors of 16 Cloverset Avenue in Narre Warren told us in our recent Story Behind The Sale: “We bent over backwards to make sure the place was like we’d want to see it for each open home.”
It’s time to look at your property with fresh eyes to ensure potential buyers like what they see.
Freshen up with a coat or two of paint
A coat of paint can freshen up and modernise your home. Colour can also be cleverly used in order to make a room look bigger or smaller.
While you may be tempted to go with a trending colour, it can be safer to stick with neutral colours such as soft greys or whites to achieve a timeless look.
If you don’t have the time, money or inclination to paint the whole house, concentrate on small but impactful features such as the front door. A brightly coloured front door will boost your home’s street appeal and will be a talking point among buyers.
Clean from top to bottom
It goes without saying that your home should be spick and span, but it’s easy to miss all of the areas that need to be cleaned. Look your home over from top to bottom, ensuring that neglected areas such as the tops of cupboards, behind large appliances, and even light switches haven’t been left dusty or grimy. This can be a big job, so it can be worthwhile bringing in a professional cleaner.
Get those maintenance tasks off your to-do list
Fixing that loose door handle, oiling the hinges of the squeaky cabinet, mowing the lawn, pulling up the weeds—now is the time to get on top of all of those maintenance jobs around the home. Starting this process well before your open house will mean that you’ll have plenty of time to bring in a professional should one of these tasks prove more challenging than first thought.
Don’t forget about your garden
Your main focus will be on your home, but don’t neglect your garden if you have one. If you have a shared outdoor space (if you’re in a unit or apartment), do your best to ensure it remains neat and tidy.
Your front yard will be one of the first things your buyers see, so you want it to make a great impression. The grass and plants should look neat and well-watered, and any outdoor furniture should be cleaned. Depending on the season you’re selling in, your plants may be looking their very best (which is why spring is such a popular selling season) or a bit lacklustre. To add vibrancy, place some brightly coloured flowers by the door to welcome visitors.
Minimise your possessions
The cheapest solution of all. Paring your furniture and any personal items back will help potential buyers better visualise their own items in the space. It will also open up rooms so that they’re easier to walk through (important for open inspections) and they’ll appear roomier.
Attend other open inspections to get ideas
While some home staging ideas get thrown around a lot (such as baking fresh cookies on the day of the inspection and leaving candles on in the bathroom), they’re not necessarily what buyers these days are drawn to. You may just end up making them feel hungry with the tease of baked goods! Attend several open inspections with family or friends to compare notes about what appealed. You might even catch some snippets of conversation from other visitors to help determine what’s a drawcard and what is off-putting in terms of home presentation.
Talking to a local agent who knows what appeals to your home’s target market is the best way to ensure your efforts are channelled in the right direction when it comes to presenting your home for sale, rent or auction.