Checklist – Prepare Your Property For Sale

It is essential to put your best foot forward when selling your property. While you can’t change things like the location, size or views, minor cosmetics updated can dramatically affect buyer interest.


Less is more! Clutter can make a property look smaller, affect its flow and subconsciously deter a potential buyer. Remove loose items from counters, windowsills and tables. Tidy behind closed doors (curious buyers will open closets, draws and cupboards. Clear gardens, pathways and exterior entrances for curb appeal.


Buyers like to visualise themselves living in the a space, so the goal is to create a blank canvas. To do this, remove any distractions like family photos, bold artwork, eclectic furniture and personal items.


The small things matter! Think move in ready. Touch up scuff marks, tighten loose handles, replace broken fixtures, mow the lawn and weed gardens. Buyers are looking to fall in love, not add repairs to their to do list.


You might love your bold accent wall, but its likely it won’t be to everyone’s taste. A fresh coat of neutral paint can go along way in helping buyers see the potential of your property. Light colours are preferable as they create a blank canvas for potential buyers.


Furnishings can make a huge difference. Plants create a welcoming environment and flowers or a fruit bowl can life a room. Fresh décor can modernise a property. Consider a professional home stager if you need a little extra help or want to give your house an extra life. Stagers know the market and what sells.


You may be oblivious to the way your property smells. Invite a friend or third party to assess any scents. Lingering pet smells, food or smoking odours can be deal breakers for the buyers. Let in some light and air. If smells are pervasive, consider deep cleaning or masking techniques, but don’t go overboard with distinct artificial scents.


This is a no brainer. The cleaner the property, the better. Remember to maintain cleanliness from the day you list the property to the day you sell. You never know when a buyer may schedule a last minute viewing. Pay special attention to skirting boards, walls and doors. The property will look cared for if they are in good condition.


As you’ve just read, it pay to prepare. The best form of preparation is a qualified real estate agent. An experienced and knowledgeable agent will guide you through all the above steps as well as advise you on the market and stand in for you during the selling process, including for the intimidating parts like negotiation and settlement.

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