Your home might be your prized possession and you may have loved every minute that you spent in it but when it come to selling or having your property valued you really need to out some objective goggles on and look at giving your home a pre-sale make over. A good place to start is to get into our house preparation guide below.
Whether you are selling now or in the next year it is great o get a jump on the competition and also on your timelines and assess what needs to be done now. You may find that there is very little that needs to be completed and that means you can rest easy between now and when you are going to hit the market. Either way it puts you ahead and ready to go when the time is right for you.
The guide below is not about upgrading your home or completing the renovations you always wanted to, or styling your property so that it is looking its best on show day. Instead it is about the basics, about the fundamentals that regardless of your styling and regardless of your fancy new deck need to be attended to well in advance of hitting the market.
Pre-sale house preparation guide
1. Change your mindset
When you make the commitment to selling your home it is an essential step to change the way you look at the property. The property can no longer be considered a home, it needs to transform into being a product. It can still be a wonderful space to live and to share with friends and family, but when you are looking at its presentation for sale, you need your mindset to tune into that of a buyer.
2. De- clutter and De-personalise
There is so much information on the internet about the importance of de-cluttering. Where I find people often go wrong is that they struggle to find the happy medium! Many of my clients often get confused with their version of clutter and mine. Alternatively they strip the place of all sole and any warmth by removing all the books, all the art and all the images. This often leaves a place looking like a ghost town. I strive to create that “welcome and homely” feeling in every property I work on, so a great start is to not have the soul ripped out of it during de-cluttering.
3. Mend the tired bones
Our climate all around the world now days is relentless and unforgiving to many aspects of our property. Under our noses the small maintenance issues seem to slowly build up. In a busy life it is easy to find that the decks go without oil for a few months too long, the air conditioner vents need a good scrub and our bathroom grout has looked better in its younger days, juts to name a few. These are all things that when combined can have a huge positive impact on the sale of a property if attended to! So give your property some love.
4. Shine Shine Shine
You are now at the exciting stage where you get to make that place of yours shine!!!!! To make sure you cover every items you need to start at the ceiling centres and work down! So start at the ceilings, walls, windows, skirts and everything in between. Lean no stone unturned. From the perspective of cleaning you can never over do it!!!!!! If cleaning is not your thing it is certainly something I would outsource to make sure that it is done well. Research shows that the number one turn off for buyers is a dirty space and then one that smells, so don’t risk letting your house down when it comes to the finer details.
If you complete these first four steps you will be well on your way to increasing your property value! Next step is considering upgrades and styling. More on that later.
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