You don’t need to spend a fortune to have your property looking it’s best for sale. Follow these useful hints:
- Method of sale – Private Treaty, Auction, Expression of Interest and Public Tender are the four main options for sale, and each has it’s advantages depending on the property and the market. Your agent will recommend a sale method they feel is the most conducive to achieving the highest possible price for your home.
- Presentation is key – You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to make sure your home looks it’s best. A fresh coat of paint, well maintained gardens, minor repairs and professional cleaning all make a big difference to buyers’ first impressions.
- De-clutter – Store away personal items such as knick-knacks, photos and children’s drawings; it allows buyers to see your home, not your belongings, and helps them to imagine how they would live in the space.
- Ensure your home smells fresh – Simple but important! A stale smelling home or one that smells of food or cigarettes is an instant turnoff.
- Minor repairs – Small problems like leaking taps, broken gates or cracked window panes are easily fixed but can leave a bad impression if not attended to. These may also be picked up in a building inspection and can affect the overall price.
- Major renovations – Discuss with your agent the financial viability of undertaking any significant renovations. They will advise whether it is worth your while and if it will add value to the home.
- Gardens – Curb appeal is everything. Invest a little time in your garden and it will make a significant difference to the overall aesthetic of your home.
- Timing of sale – Depending on the location and type of property, it may be more beneficial to sell at certain times of the year. Ask your agent for advice.
- Professional styling – Staging your home with professional styling or furnishing can significantly enhance the feel when buyers walk through – especially if it’s vacant – and can be a worthwhile investment.