Property Preparation Tips

PREPARING YOUR PROPERTY FOR SALE AND INSPECTIONS

The first thing to remember about open house inspections is that first impressions are crucial. The property is no longer your home but a commodity that others must find attractive.

Good preparation and presentation of your property can help you maximise the value of your property. The better prepared your property is, the better chance you have to achieve a higher price and a quicker sale. Preparing for the sale should be done as soon as you list the property.

For additional input, ask a friend or family member for any suggestions on adding to the appeal factor.

Exterior

The exterior of your house and the front garden are the first things  potential purchasers will see when they arrive at your property. There  are many small projects that can add to the ‘street appeal’ and, listed  below, are some tips that may assist you:

  • paint any exterior surfaces of the house (if necessary)untitled
  • repair and paint (if necessary) any fencing/gates/letterbox
  • pressure clean driveways and paving to remove any oil stains etc.
  • remove cobwebs from all surfaces
  • clean windows and screens
  • mow the lawns and prune any shrubs
  • plant flowering annuals and shrubs in garden beds or, in pots near the house
  • purchase fresh mulch for garden beds shortly before your first open

Similar projects should be considered for the rear of the house and back garden

Interior

Before undertaking any major projects, such as expensive renovations to a bathroom or kitchen, it may be advisable to seek advice of a real  estate professional to find out if such renovations will add to the  financial return at the time of sale.

There are many low cost projects which will also enhance the  appearance of the interior of the house and, listed below are some tips  that may assist you:

  • it is important to de-clutter by sorting and removing any excess  items such as furniture, toys etc. If not needed in your new home,  donate these items to charity alternatively, storage space can be rented for very reasonable rates
  • paint walls, ceilings and woodwork (if necessary) but choose  neutral tones as potential purchasers will have their own ideas  regarding colour choice
  • if painting is not necessary, clean walls, particularly in high traffic areas
  • undertake a thorough ‘spring’ clean of all areas of the house paying particular attention to the kitchen and bathroom/s
  • clean curtains and/or blinds
  • clean windows
  • clean light fittings and/or purchase new fittings to cover any bare globes
  • have carpets professionally cleaned to remove any stains and odours

When you have completed what you think is necessary, it can be  helpful to get an opinion from an independent source e.g. a friend or  neighbour, to ensure you have done enough to prepare for sale.