Preparing Your Home for Sale
As the saying goes – “first impressions count.” When putting your home on the market and preparing your home for sale, it’s important to make it as attractive as possible and to create a favourable first impression. Rather than leaving everything to the last couple of weeks, if you can, plan a few months ahead.
These are a few things you may want to consider:
- General maintenance – Fix any leaking taps or toilet cisterns. Repair damaged light switches, power points or exposed wiring.
- Re-paint – Colours should be as light as possible. Strong colours make rooms appear smaller.
- Gutters and roof – Remove debris from gutters and repair or re-paint if necessary.
- Carpets – A good clean by a reputable firm will improve the appearance of most carpets.
- Sheds and garages – Tidy up and remove clutter. Hold a garage sale to dispose of unwanted items.
- Fencing – Repair any broken fences. Use trellis to improve privacy or hide utility areas.
- Driveways and paths – Sweep clean, remove any weeds or oil stains.
- Gardens – Well watered and fertilised lawns add value to any property. Plant annuals to create a colourful flower display.
- Windows – Keep window glass as clean as possible. Use a couple of drops of methylated spirits in warm water and dry with newspaper to prevent streaking.
- Lighting – Dark houses are uninviting. Replace blown light globes. Open the curtains and turn on the lights before an inspection.
- Odours – Use pot pourri and partly open windows to enhance freshness.
- Special touches – Fresh flowers on the table, a jar of biscuits in the kitchen, a few drops of vanilla essence in a warm oven and a pot of freshly brewed coffee can create a homely atmosphere.
What other tips do you have?