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Preparing your home for sale

With spring only one month away, the property market tends to heat up as this is traditionally the time of year most people list their property for sale. Below we cover some tips and offer advice on preparing your home for sale, so you can get the best possible result when selling your home. 
Purchasing a house is nearly always an emotional decision for buyers and first impressions do count. It is important that your house is presented at its best so it will be as attractive as possible to buyers. Keeping the lawns mown, gardens neat and tidy (as street appeal is what initially gains the attention of buyers). It’s often the little things that attract people to your home, assisting you to sell faster and at a better price. It is worthwhile to spend a bit of time fixing things like, leaky taps, drawers that don’t open, any cracked or broken windows, chipped paint and it’s a good idea to clean out gutters. Be sure to check all light bulbs are in working order too. Buyers tend to note everything that could potentially cost them; little glitches can be potentially viewed as flaws, so it’s best to eliminate these aspects as best as you can that could deter a buyer.

De-cluttering

It is a good idea to ruthlessly de-clutter and consider removing any furniture that takes up too much space to make rooms appear larger than they really are. You may be able to store ‘extra’ belongings and furniture at a friend of family member’s house. Or you could hire a storage unit for the period your house is on the market to ensure a clutter-free space. Too much furniture and clutter in a room equates to the buyer not really being able to see what they really want in a home…. space. Don’t be fooled by thinking your ‘pile of clutter’ is nicely hidden in a cupboard somewhere, as buyers like to see the size and area of a cupboard without having to ‘peer’ over a pile. It goes without saying, dishes should be put away and all benches should be clean and free of mess. The same applies to bedrooms, make the beds and clear the floor and wardrobe area of mess. You can create a luxurious atmosphere with large cushions and good lighting. Although de-cluttering is essential, do not go overboard and create a sterile interior with minimal warmth. It’s all about balance!

Home Staging

In today’s marketplace, creating an emotional bond between the buyer and the home is the key to selling success. If you are stuck for creative and inspiring ideas, or don’t have the time to ensure your home is looking at its optimum, you could consider home staging. You can hire a home staging company to do the work for you. They can create and develop a theme, bring in furniture, rugs, décor (the lot) and create a warm and inviting living space. 

Lighting

It is also important to have adequate lighting. Bright lighting tends to make a small space appear larger, while softer light creates a warm, intimate feel. So if there are dim areas in your hoe turn the lights on, even if the sun is shining outside. 
Pets are not everyone’s ‘cup of tea either’. The sign of a dog bowl, animal hair and saliva on your couch can put off potential buyers. One of the most common causes of allergies is from animals, so it is more than likely that one of the potential buyers may be affected.

Smell – creating a pleasant smell (while not too overpowering) can go a long way with buyers. Make sure to empty the rubbish, clean away cigarette butts, pet odours. A good idea is to purchase or cut some fresh flowers to inject a pleasant and fresh aroma to your home.