Preparing Your Home For Sale

by Phillippa Marshall

Buying, selling, packing, moving house locally or moving interstate is way up at the top of the list of “things that stress your out! Every seller wants their home to sell for a big profit easily, but to make this happen takes more than luck. It includes careful planning and knowing how to prepare your home professionally to persuade buyers to pull out their cheque books. Presenting it in the best possible light when selling your house will improve your chances of securing a high sale price.  You may need to step back and take a long, hard look at how other individuals might look at your home.  In an open house, every home has the opportunity to look its best and cater to its potential buyer market.  A squeaky clean, well kept and clearly looked after by the owner is ready for rent. Many homes are purchased on the basis of the buyer’s first emotional response, so that before going to the market, it could pay for investing in some serious greases.  Be vigilant of toilets, kitchens, other wet areas and equipment.  Doors, cupboards and fittings, too, need a clean cupboard.  You should recommend cleaning or removing the tapestries and window panels and updating paint if needed.  Here are some suggested steps to follow on our preparing your home for sale checklist.




Pay a professional to do the important jobs for you! You may assume that you save money by doing a few jobs yourself, but a DIY fail will cost you a great deal. It is important to know the limits when it comes to DIY.
So it’s important to pass the jobs onto the experts for trades like electrical, plumbing and structural work, unless you yourself are qualified. Get at least three quotes at all times, but remember that cheaper does not always equal better, get references and reviews from former customers.


Spring Clean

It sounds simple, but a spotless home would encourage new buyers to concentrate on the future life they might have in space, rather than the bathroom ceiling with flecks of mould. Study other houses currently on the market and you can see they have been decluttered, cleaned thoroughly, and might even have been decorated to look new and pristine. Although you might easily do this yourself on a Sunday morning, we highly urge you to consider enlisting support from the pros, especially if your home is on the larger side and you’re missing the time and energy. Washing the windows inside and out and even secret places, such as under the sink makes the house look well-cared for. This gives the buyer a subliminal perception that the house has been well-maintained and that no secret issues should be present. Hang up new fresh towels in the bathrooms and also keep the toilet lid closed. Try to insure that all your hard work and cleanliness is kept by vacuuming floors and dusting furniture as often as possible.


Tidy Outside

Street appeal! This is what a potential buyer is going to see first and foremost. Tidy the gardens and remove overgrown trees and bushes away from the house and windows. This is also going to help brighten up the inside of the house, letting in more natural light. Having a professional come in regularly to prune, maintain and take away debris is going to take a lot of pressure off, especially if you have a large, well established garden. Clean the outside of the house itself, including the roof, and don’t forget about any pathways or stepping stones that may lead around your house, garden or out to the washing line or garden shed. Don’t forget about the garden shed. Clean and tidy it, clearing away debris and cobwebs. We also recommend  to get a professional for your roof and house washing as getting up on a slippery wet roof can be dangerous.



For many buyers, kitchens are a great selling point, making yours as flawless and uncluttered as possible. If your fridge is included in the sale of the house, make sure it is also clean and tidy on the inside. Look at the simple stuff first when it comes to kitchens. For example, painting cabinets, walls and tiles without a large investment will make a significant difference. Light in the kitchen is critical because food is cooked and lights are always ignored above the bench tops. Clean countertops for the kitchen. Clean cupboards and drawers thoroughly. Don’t miss the refrigerator, stove, oven and microwave.


Styling Your Home

Go back home, linger in each room’s doorway and imagine how your house looks like a customer. Consider the arrangement of your furniture and arrange your pieces so the room has a visual attraction. Ensure the window coverings are evenly hanging. You can start building your home once you have cleaned it and got it restored and arranged. Styling and re-arranging is a great way for an instant facelift which can make your property look brand new and appealing for buyers. You can employ a builder to take care of it or hire furniture and appliances yourself. You know the most about your house, but a different perspective can often allow you to see a whole new meaning in your spaces. Repurposing a room will allow potential buyers to see different ways a room can be used. Smaller bedrooms for example could be repurposed as a home office, or reorganise current furnishings in the main living areas to give consumers fresh ideas and understand the potential of multiple spaces. Check the furniture and appliances. The law of light and space is a golden rule for selling homes. The good news is that you can make your home look bigger and lighter with specially picked furnishings, lighting and decorations.


An exuberant finishing touch will make it possible to breathe life in space again, plus, this is a fun practise for you! Investing into some soft home furnishings in the form of pillows, cushions and throws will give prospective buyers a sense of everyday life.  True, indoor plants can add comfort and are also a very economic way of adding style and changing the dynamics of a room instantly.

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