Keep your home on the “Properties for Sale” list for as short a time as possible.
First of all - list with us!
We want to help you get the best possible price for your home, just as much as you do. Our experience in the residential property market will bring vital experience to that process. Call us any time to list your property with us, and learn more about the best ways to enhance the features of your home.
First Impressions Count…
Go out and stand at the roadside and have a good look at your lovely home. This is what potential buyers will make their first and often strongest judgement on when assessing the value of your home.
Is it at its best? Would a bit of hedge trimming, lawn mowing, garden weeding, water blasting or a spot of paint go amiss? First impressions last.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life we often don’t pay much attention to familiar things…. however potential buyers do. It’s spring cleaning time regardless of the time of year. Clean everywhere - nothing says “I’m a damp house that’s uncared for” more than mould in the corners. Then it's just a case of keeping it clean, bright and fresh for the duration of the marketing period.
Make Some Room…
Here is the No.1 Selling Tip we have….. streamline the contents of your home.
The more room you can create while still looking homely and comfortable will scream “big”, “open” and “spacious”, whereas a home full of items you have to navigate around says “tiny” to a buyer.
Hire a storage unit or ask family or friends if you could store some stuff at their places while you sell. Whether it's rarely used toys, boxes of winter clothes or furniture you can’t bring yourself to throw away, get it out. Clear tables, benches and dressers except for a couple of stylish knick-knacks or ornaments. Sort through and clear out cupboards and storage areas. It will look like you have twice the amount of storage space.
Attend to all the little things you have been meaning to get around to, all that time. That broken door handle, the window that won’t shut, the cracked window, that bit of peeling paint. Some buyers will see things like this as a sign of poor maintenance and start to wonder what else may be wrong that they can’t see.
Not-so-little jobs need some thought. Is it worth repainting the ceilings, extending the deck, replacing the rotten window sill, installing an outside light? Would one coat of paint on the living area walls cover up little nicks and scuffs and make it look brand new?
If in doubt ask us, we can talk with you about what is worth the investment of your time, energy and money and what isn’t.
Don’t Take It Personally…
You want a buyer to be able to imagine themselves and their family feeling right at home in your house, so take a moment and step into their shoes.
It’s easier for a buyer to see themselves in your home if you have removed some of your personal photos, kids toys, certificates and so on…. just slip them away out of sight. It's simply a case of making room for the buyer to imagine some of their own personality in the house.