A well presented home says ‘welcome’. It doesn’t have to be a ‘show place’ but it should appear a comfortable home in which to live. Your home will be one of many on the market at the same time. You need to always present your home at its best; this is the secret in getting the best price.
Experience shows that vendors who make this extra effort usually achieve a quicker sale and, in many cases, a higher price.
Lasting first impressions
Look at the home as a buyer would. First impressions count.The front door greets the prospect. Make sure it is clean. Keep lawns trimmed and edged, and the yard free of rubbish. Clean and repair any front steps.
Clean the windows, curtains, pelmets and venetian blinds of all dust and grime.
Make sure home is well lit. Dark rooms do not appeal. Clean all marks off the walls to make rooms brighter.
Too much furniture tends to make rooms look small and negatively influence a purchaser’s recollections of your home after they have left. Take advice from your agent if it is considered a problem.
Small things such as leaking taps, loose knobs, sticking doors or windows put people on the defensive and lead your agent to make apologies for lack of maintenance. Minimise these annoyances, flaws detract from your home’s value – have them fixed.
If you spend money on painting, carpeting or adding a patio, you will want to add this to the price. Buyers on the other hand, may not share your taste, even though what they are getting is like new. Be guided by your agent as to what is necessary and what is not.
Keep pets away from home during an open and remove any pet food or bowls.