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Selling your home can be stressful. However with the right advice and some good planning, you can get your house Sale ready, without it taking up all your time or costing you a fortune.
Here are some common things to consider when getting your property ready for sale.

1. Remove the clutter
Go through each room and remove everything you don’t need. Not only will this help make your property look neater and the rooms bigger but it will also make packing easier.
2. Patch and paint the walls
It’s amazing how much a paint job can improve the look of your property both in your eyes and also for potential buyers. It leaves your home fresh and clean. This is also a good chance to paint any feature walls a more neutral colour. Also consider parts of the outside of the house that require attention. You only get one chance to make a good first impression.
3. Give the property a heavy duty clean
Before any potential buyers come through, give your property a good clean from top to bottom. Keep an eye out for dirty vents, cobwebs and anything else that could make buyers think the property hasn’t been well maintained. And don’t forget to clean the windows !
4. Steam clean or replace carpets
If you have badly stained’ or poor condition carpets, have them cleaned or replaced if need be. Remember you are trying to present your property in the best condition possible.
5. Maintenance and repairs
As you’re going through each of the rooms, make a list of all the little things, that need attention and have your agent recommend a good handyman to fix them up – or replace them yourself if you’re handy.
It’s common for lots of comments being mumbled under people’s breath at open for inspections about the smallest things – cracked power points, broken heating ducts, loose door handles, loose cables etc

6. Don’t forget outside
If you have an outdoor area that needs a bit of love, it could be worth spending a bit of time on some gardening or getting your deck polished. Planting some flowers can be a cost effective strategy to add some colour to a property.
7. Neutral colour scheme
It’s important to make your property appeal to as many potential buyers as possible and that may require adopting a neutral colour scheme throughout.
8. Upgrade your door handles
Replacing the door handles on both interior and exterior doors as well as any cupboards throughout your home can make a big difference for a relatively low price.
9. Make each room look its best
Focus on each room and making it look it’s very best and as spacious as possible. Aim to leave a lot of open space and remove any unnecessary furniture and other items that ‘clutter’ the space available.
10. Consistent colour scheme throughout
From your walls to your furniture and furnishings, try to keep the colour scheme flowing throughout the property. Keeping the colour scheme consistent will make it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves moving into your property.

11. Define each room
There is nothing worse than an empty room when it’s time to sell a property. Try to have each room display its use for buyers to see, so they can imagine themselves moving in to it.
12. Add some fresh flowers and plants
Fresh flowers are a great way to fill a house with lovely fragrances and colour. They add ‘life’ to the property. Easy to maintain pot plants around the property also receive lots of attention during our open for inspections.

13. Fresh, new, clean towels
If you’re still living in your property while it’s being sold, you may want to invest in some ‘show’ towels. Make sure you don’t have old, stained towels on display, it’s just not a good look, and don’t forget to hide the dirty laundry.
14. Put the toys away.
If you have young children, make sure all the toys are hidden away for an inspection, so rooms look clean and tidy. Put away any ‘messy’ toys, paint, play doh etc.
15. Put your valuables out of sight
Make sure you are not leaving jewellery, keys, or other small valuable items on display

16. Keep your cupboards and drawers clean
Pantry doors and linen closets are commonly opened at an inspection. Make sure anything that can be opened is looking neat and tidy inside.
17. Make the beds
It goes without saying that all beds should be made and looking good before any inspection. There’s nothing worse than finding an unmade bed in a property for sale.
18. Pre Inspection cleaning
If you’re still living in the property during the sale, you’ll probably be cleaning a lot. Make sure that the property is looking good. Keep an eye out for dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher, keep the laundry hampers empty, wipe down benchtops and mirrors in kitchens and bathrooms and any spot vacuuming prior to inspections.
19. Keep curtains and blinds open
Prior to inspection, keep all of your blinds and curtains open to let in as much natural light as possible.
20. Make sure all of your lights work
Make sure all of your lights are working, and all the lights bulbs are the same. It adds to a uniform, well maintained look throughout the property
21. Make your home smell nice
There’s nothing more off putting for potential buyers than bad smells. Make sure your house smells nice. Avoid cooking any foods with a strong smell and make sure you stay on top of any pet odours throughout the Sale campaign.

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