- Make the mental decision to let go of your emotions and stay focused on preparing the property for sale.
De-personalise your property
- Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal items and you don't want them to be distracted.
- You want the buyers to imagine themselves living comfortably and privately in the property. You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here".
- We all collect an amazing amount of stuff. If you haven’t used something in years chances are you won’t need it in the future.
- Minimise bulky bookcases, furniture, loose floor coverings and wall hangings.
- Clear unnecessary items from kitchen benches, bathrooms, the study, living areas and bedrooms.
- Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
Get inside your cupboards and get organised
- Buyers will open doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out. Now imagine what a buyer thinks if there is ample storage space and everything is accessible.
- Remove unnecessary items and then stack neatly and logically.
Rent a storage unit
- Almost every property presents better with less furniture. Remove furniture that blocks walkways.
- Remove any extensions from your dining room table to make the room appear larger.
- Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"
Make minor repairs
- Patch any holes in walls and fix leaky taps.
- Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
- Consider painting your walls neutral colors. You don't want your property remembered for the "hideous orange bathroom".
- Ensure all light bulbs are functioning and are an appropriate voltage.
- Replace worn-out soft furnishing, towels and loose floor coverings.
Clean, clean, clean - Just do it!
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Rent a pressure washer and spray down pathways and exterior.
- Clean out cobwebs.
- Polish chrome taps and mirrors.
- Clean out the refrigerator.
- Vacuum frequently and polish floors.
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
- Bleach dingy grout.
- Air and clean any musty smelling areas.
Put yourself in the buyer's shoes
- Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
- Linger in the doorway of every room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
- Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
- Make sure window coverings hang level.
- Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact?
Lastly, kerb-side appeal?
- Keep the pathways cleared and store equipment.
- Mow the lawn and trim the edges and bushes.
- Plant flowers or group flowerpots together.
- Remove any dead plants and turnover the soil in the garden beds.
- Light up property from dusk until late in the evening.
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