Selling your home? Here’s how to make sure it looks its best for buyers
In this month’s property market update, Raine and Horne Murraylands’ Casey DeMichele offers a few tips that will help you impress prospective buyers.
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You’ve decided to sell your home, so you’re getting ready for a photographer’s visit and perhaps an open inspection.
You want to make sure the right buyer will fall in love with your property, and offer you a price that will help you move on to the next chapter of your life.
What are buyers looking for?
How can you present your home to make the best first impression?
Thankfully, Casey DeMichele is here to help – as an experienced sales consultant with Raine and Horne Murraylands, she has helped many a vendor navigate this situation before.
Here are her top tips as you prepare your home for sale.
Get those lingering repair jobs done
Do you have a kitchen cupboard with a broken handle, a hole in the wall or a bathroom fan that doesn’t work?
Get them fixed – a small spend on your part will go a long way towards impressing prospective buyers.
You don’t want them to start wondering how well you’ve looked after the place.
Tidy up that clutter
The last thing you want is mess all over the floor, or cupboards and desks, when buyers are looking at your property.
They will want to picture their own furniture in each room, and having less stuff in the way will make that job easier.
Besides, Casey says, packing things up now will save you time in the near future.
“If you’re putting your house on the market, often you’re looking to move, so start putting things in the shed, a storeroom or a storage facility,” she says.
Give the garden some love
Spring is a great time of year for this, because flowers are blooming and things are generally green and growing.
Still, make sure your lawn is mowed and unsightly weeds are pulled out.
If your yard looks a little plain, Casey suggests sprucing it up with a few colourful pot plants.
“Little bits and pieces like that add that extra lovely touch to the property and make it stand out from the crowd,” she says.
And before you leave the house…
If you have an open inspection, there are a few last-minute things you’ll want to do on the day:
Switch lights on around the house
Light a candle or spray a fragrance to clear up any unwelcome odours, especially if you have pets
Make the beds
Put any washing away
Put on a heater or air conditioner so visitors will be comfortable
Make this spring your time to pounce
If you’ve been thinking of selling, spring is a good time to get your finance in order, talk to an agent, get a photographer booked and get the ball rolling.
“Any time of year is a good time to go to market, but at this time of year you have gardens presenting really well, and the weather is starting to change, so people are getting out and about more,” Casey says.
“More properties are hitting the market at the moment, so buyers might get a bit more choice.
“Perhaps it’s your time to shine.”
The team at Raine and Horne Murraylands are here to help you with advice on any real estate matter.
Visit www.raineandhorne.com.au/murraylands, call 8532 3833 or drop into the office at 4 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge.
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