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Selling Tips

First impressions are critical when a potential buyer inspects your house or apartment. And that doesn’t just mean a clean and tidy interior, it means ensuring the exterior is as presentable and attractive as you can make it, because many people will check a property out for the first time with a drive-by before deciding whether to inspect it on open days.

So if you’re selling your home or apartment, here are some presentation tips to help:

  • Clean out clutter. An uncluttered home looks more spacious and easier to maintain, both vital selling points. You might even consider  renting storage space whilst your house is on the market.
  • Your home should be clean and tidy at inspection times. Ovens, tiles and showers should sparkle.
  • Keep kitchen benchtops clean and clear of clutter
  • Have your carpets professionally steam cleaned.
  • Ensure that windows are clean
  • Create warmth by preparing your home to suit the temperature of the day. Fresh air is good, if it’s hot, turn on fans and cooling systems. If it’s cold, light fires, turn on patio heaters and heating.
  • Fill the house with light. To make rooms feel bigger, open the curtains and blinds to let the sun and the view inside.
  • Make the place look enticing with fresh flowers or indoor plants – you would be surprised at what they can add to a room.
  • Increase the sense of space with mirrors and lights and leave all internal doors open
  • Switch off the television and radio, although soft, soothing music may be suitable
  • Make arrangements for pets to be elsewhere during open for inspections.
  • Look after any maintenance issues, for example leaking taps or loose knobs and handles.
  • Repair any damaged plaster or tiles. If the tiles in your bathroom and kitchen are looking old, new grout can make them seem brand new
  • Paint marked or dirty walls using neutral colours.
  • Make sure the front of your property looks appealing and inviting. A weed-free garden, mowed lawns, fresh mulch, cut back overhanging branches, trim hedges, sweep pathways and some attractive pot plans can make all the difference
  • Check and fix any rotten timber that’s part of fence, stairs, railings, decking etc.
  • Make sure all locks are functional and the agent has a copy of keys were applicable
  • Remove all timber and rubbish under house
  • Vacate the property during open house and inspections