A property that sparkles on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbour, even though both are structurally well maintained. Presentation is paramount as first impressions are lasting.
From our experience we also know that a well-presented property appeals to more buyers and will sell faster, and often for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well cared for property because if what they can see is maintained, what they can’t see has probably also been maintained. In readying your property for sale, consider:
Should I spend money on the home?
In preparing your property for the market, you should consider whether you would recoup the money you spend. For example, although a brand new roof will impress buyers, they may not give you enough extra money to pay for it.
There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive “touch-ups” to your property, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, to doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our expert sales consultants for advice.
Maximising interior appeal
Give every room in the property a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone will make your property appear bigger and brighter. Some property owners with crowded rooms have actually rented storage units and moved half their furniture out, creating a minimalist, more spacious look.
Of all the rooms inside your property, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. They should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odour free.
Remove strongly personal effects that may reflect your personality, religious beliefs or political preferences, try to present a neutral façade to buyers.
Consider hiring a professional cleaning or gardening service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market. This may be a good investment for owners who are busy elsewhere.
Removing the less frequently used, even daily used items from kitchen counters and cupboards, making these areas much more inviting. Since you’re anticipating a move anyhow, holding a garage sale at this point is a great idea.