Spring is a time of year that lends itself to selling a home. The sun is out and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Nature itself can give a property curb appeal but the season can also work against you if you don’t put the work in to get your home ready for sale. New homeowners want to land the perfect property so they can move in by Christmas, so it’s up to you when you plan to sell your house to make sure you beat out the competition.
You will want to make sure your entire property is ready for viewing. That means a spring clean both inside and out. Every window frame, entryway, storage cupboard and appliance should sparkle. Your garden can let you down, even if you think it looks fine. It is time to get stuck in with weeding, removing dead plant debris, planting for the summer and filling in dead spaces. You should also add a layer of mulch to tidy up the garden, which has the added benefit of keeping weeds at bay and reducing water evaporation.
Are cracks and defects starting to show in your home? You probably haven’t noticed all the maintenance needs around your property because you haven’t looked through the eyes of a potential buyer. If you want to sell your house, it is important to tidy up or add new paint work; have carpets cleaned professionally; order a roof inspection and repair; clean out and repair guttering etc.
You want to present your home in the best light possible and if there is one thing that will turn off a buyer it’s clutter. When all your spare space is packed with useless household items there is no way for buyers to see what they are getting for their money. When decluttering, work from the top of your home to the bottom. It just makes life easier and helps ensure you don’t end up circling back on yourself.
Air Out Smells
Bad odours are another noticeable feature in many homes on the market. While you may not notice the smells that have been baked into your home by the Australian sun, potential buyers will simply walk away from the sale. The simplest solution to expelling odours is to open your windows and allow some fresh air to flow through each room. Something to consider is that smells may indicate the presence of mould or mildew so it’s a good idea to carry out a thorough inspection and hire in relevant professionals to rectify the problem.
Depending on where you live in New South Wales, spraying for pests is a form of routine maintenance. To err on the side of caution, have pest spraying carried out to combat both visible and hidden pests such as cockroaches. Spraying early will give you enough time to get your home aired out before potential buyers start showing up for viewings.
When you sell your house it is important that the property is attractive to buyers. While there are certain features which every buyer is looking for, you can increase the potential of selling by making your home aesthetically pleasing. Many homeowners opt to invest in the services of a property stylist who understands the elements needed to make a property show-worthy. What you think looks good may not impress the majority of potential buyers. A property stylist may help you sway those “maybes” and improve the chances of a sale in time for Christmas.