7 Simple Ways To Prepare Your Home For Sale
1. Give the entrance a facelift
Buyers will judge the interior of your home by the firs thing they see - the outside. You only get one shot at a first impression, and there are some small and inexpensive things you can do to increase your curb appeal. Mow the lawn, trim the edges and weed the garden. A new letterbox or a collection of pot plants next to the front door can dramatically improve your home’s point of entry.
2. Clean until it sparkles
The easiest and sometimes most forgotten way to improve your homes appeal is to pull up your sleeves and give every room a good clean. Focus heavily on the bathrooms and kitchen as these rooms tend to show up dirt and grime the most. Invest time and energy into cleaning windows and glass doors as the effect can be better than you imagined.
Dust ceiling fans and skirting boards as buyers will notice these details. Don't forget to pay attention to the inside of cupboards and drawers. Get into that cutlery draw or the cupboard under the sink and make sure that its not only clean but it is doing the job that it was designed for. Buyers will open drawers and look in cupboards. They want to know how your home stacks up to the storage needs of the people who live there. You could have the biggest cupboards in the world but buyers wont be impressed if what's inside them isn't stacked, sorted and tidy.
3. Clear the clutter
If you only mange one of these 7 steps, let it be Step 3 - Clear The Clutter! The very best thing you can do to present your house for sale is to clear out and pack up. Take it one room at a time and remember that you don't need to throw out all of your things in pursuit of the 'minimalist' look. The idea is to reduce the clutter, depersonalise by removing photographs and other personal items such as the school newsletters and kids drawings form the fridge. Box it all up and store it neatly in the garage or offsite.
4. Move furniture to create flow and a sense of space
The layout of your furniture can also create a sense clutter, so take a good look at what you have and work out what you can live without. Remember, every square metre of exposed floor creates more size and space for buyers to fall in love with. Most of the time a small adjustment to layout and the addition of a signature armchair or artwork can make all the difference.
When we live in a space we tend to arrange our furniture for living, like placing lounge chairs in an L shape in front of the TV for the best view. When styling for sale, furniture should be placed in a position that creates a flow - in other words, buyers should not have to navigate around the furniture to get from one room tot he next. Try repositioning furniture into cosy groups or nooks. This helps open up a room and makes it seem larger. Reduce the amount of furniture you have first and consider adding an interest piece such as an upholstered or whicker armchair with a comfortable cushion.
5. Bring light into the rooms
When preparing for home inspection, bring more natural light into rooms by replacing heavy curtains and blinds with light, gauzy curtains. Great lighting can also involve a mixture of different light sources. One of the most valuable tips for selling your house is to combine overhead, floor, table, and accent lighting to create atmosphere and interest. Change all bulbs to the highest wattage suitable for each appliance. Adding mirrors to a room will further diffuse light.
6. Dress your house with homewares and artwork
By this stage you’ve added light and space to your home, and now’s the time to find out how to stage your home for sale using artworks and accessories.
Rather than hanging artworks along the same horizontal line within a room, try various grouping patterns. Hanging artworks in a vertical line can accentuate high ceilings. Or create interest by grouping artworks with a similar theme or colours.
Add the finishing touches to rooms with accessories that complement the overall colour scheme. Try to avoid bold colours such as red and orange as these can polarise some buyers. Group items by shape or texture. Add interest with fresh flowers, pot plants and natural fibres.
7. Avoid styling cliches at all cost
Avoid making your home look like a showroom or a cookie cutter display home. Having lived in the home, you know its best features and if you use subtle ways to enhance those features buyers will feel relaxed and not as if they are being sold a home without soul. Avoid fake flowers and plastic plants. Throw rugs tend to look 'placed' and can appear unnatural. Avoid the open magazine with glasses laid on top trick - it is too staged not to appear out of place. No candles, scented oils burning or cookies baking in the oven. If you create a collection of items to tell a story then make sure that story is believable and in context with its surroundings. Simple and understated will always be more effective than contrived and obvious.