Listing your property for sale can be stressful. For some people, it becomes a mad rush due to lack of preparation. Here are a few things you can do before listing your property which will help you keep calm and collected during the selling process.
Do your research!
We say this a lot and you’re probably sick of hearing it. But trust us, you can never do too much research. Research the current market conditions. Look at comparable sales and focus on properties in your suburb or local area in particular.
Ensure your property maintenance is up to date.
A time when your property is listed for sale is not the time to start looking at repairs and maintenance. We can’t stress enough that your property needs to be presented in the best way possible to attract a larger pool of quality prospective tenants. When people are inspecting your home, you want to make sure that everything is in order so that those prospective tenants can envision themselves living there straight away. You wouldn’t want to move into a home with a broken dishwasher or broken blinds, would you?
Clean the house.
Do some spring cleaning, even if it’s not spring! Prospective tenants want to have a blank canvas they can work with to turn your property into the home of their dreams. You want buyers to think “Wow, this space is great”, not “Wow, this space is messy”. So get rid of that stack of mail and dust the benchtops to get your property looking spick & span before the property goes to market.
Increase your curb appeal.
Don’t forget about the garden. Remember, you want to actually get people inside your property. This means trimming the shrubs, pulling the weeds and raking dead leaves. The house exterior is when a buyer will make their first impression, so make it count!
Remove personal items.
The harsh truth is that prospective buyers don’t need to see your family photos on the wall in the hallway. They’re looking for a place to build their own life and create their own memories. It’s best not to cloud their imagination with your personal memories.
Find a good agent.
There can be more involved in selling a home than you think. A good agent will make the process as seamless as possible. Try to find someone you are comfortable with and who has a good reputation. Ask around and read reviews – this is where the research comes back into play.
Make the house look “neutral”.
You might love the bright blue feature wall in the rumpus room, but potential buyers may not. It’s a good idea to repaint walls a neutral colour so that the buyers can focus their attention on the entire space, not the colour of the walls. While you’re at it, you might want to remove any wacky & quirky pieces of art or furniture.
Rid the home of clutter.
Go outside and walk into your house as if you are a potential buyer. What do you see? Remove everything but the essential decorative items from each room, or ask a friend to look at your home with fresh eyes and advise. A feature kitchen island would be far less appealing, for example, if it wasn’t completely cleared of all the bits and bobs of daily life. Even a fruit bowl would take away from its striking good looks (unless it’s a really nice looking fruit bowl).
If you have any questions or want some more tips, get in contact with our Residential Sales Director, Anthony Oddo on 0430 028 254 or email him at [email protected].