Top 10 Presentation Tips To Help Sell Your Home
Getting a house ready to be placed on the market can be a big job, especially if it is an unplanned move such as a job transfer. The list of things to do can seem endless so here are my top 10 presentation tips to help sell your house. They don’t cost a great deal of money but will take some time and some elbow grease.
1. De-clutter as much as possible, packing anything that is not needed. The less in a room the better, as it provides buyers with a sense of space.
2. An exterior clean of the home can make a huge difference to appearance – wash down all walls, windows, doors, fascia’s, gutters and paths. Also, if the front fence or gate is mouldy clean it as well.
3. Our sense of smell is extremely strong, although sometimes we do get used to smells we are living with each day such as pets. Ask a trusted friend or family member to come over and give your house the sniff-over.
4. Serious buyers will open cupboards and drawers to not only check that they are in working order but to also determine if their possessions will fit. Ensure that all cupboards and drawers are neat and tidy, and refer back to checklist item #1.
5. Weed and mulch all garden beds and ensure the lawn is neat and tidy, including picking up any pet number 2’s!
6. Do a huge spring clean inside – wipe-over everything from top to bottom, window tracks, skirting boards, fan blades, air conditioning filters, clean the oven and the stove.
7. Clean the dead bugs out of light fittings both inside and outside.
8. Ensure all light bulbs are working, that there are no dripping taps or leaking toilets. We get used to these little things that are wrong in our house and just put up with them. Buyers will assume if these simple things are a problem then there may be bigger ones lurking.
9. What is the weather doing? If it is a hot day, turn on the fans and air conditioning well before an inspection. If it is a cold day, put on a fire or the air conditioning. Buyers will instantly notice the temperature difference when they walk inside.
10. Ensure your home is light and bright for each private viewing or open for inspection. Turn on all lights and open all curtains and blinds, but if the view out the window isn’t great, then don’t draw further attention to what can be seen by opening them fully.
I did say that this would be my top 10, but there is 1 more item I would like to add to the list (although it is not related to presentation) and I am going to use shouty capitals to stress the importance of this one – LEAVE your home for EVERY inspection or open house. Do not be tempted to hang around. Buyers feel uncomfortable if you are present and are unlikely to provide your agent with constructive feedback on price and presentation of the home or the suitability of their needs.
If you need help to get any of these items done, give us a call on 4642 0007 or email [email protected] and we can put you in contact with some of our fantastic tradespeople.