Start with the outside
First impressions not only last the longest but will be the deciding factor as to whether a potential buyer will walk through your front door, so start with the outside.
- Does the front door need a fresh coat of paint? Also look for other areas where it could do with a lick of paint such as pergolas
- Get out your garden gloves and tidy up the garden and outdoor living areas – trim back hedges, sweep pathways, prune overgrown plants, wash down any outdoor furniture – as the warmer months approach buyers will want to spend as much time as possible outside
- Clean the windows (this goes for inside and out)
- Declutter – clear away all unsightly rubbish. If the bins are on display there may be a better place to store them for the time being
- Depersonalise wherever you can – if you have a bright room or feature wall try to make it more of a neutral colour
- Spring clean – bathrooms, kitchens and all living areas need to be fresh and sparkling. Buyers are looking for their new home and will be critical, so get that extra nozzle out for your vacuum and get into those hard to reach places
- Make sure that bedrooms are clean and tidy
- Declutter – viewers don’t like to trip over the skateboard lying in the hallway, so ensure that all toys and other items are tidied away
- If you have pets make sure that they, and their bedding, are clean, not all buyers love our pets as much as we do so it can be a turn-off if our home has pet odours
- Maintenance – check for any DIY projects that you can do yourself, replace light bulbs, check to see if blinds work properly, fix any loose fittings such as door handles
Make it feel like a home that they want to live in – Fresh flowers, brewing coffee or even baking bread have all been known to work for creating not only the perfect aromas, but the perfect ambience for your home.
Article Courtesy of www.savills.com.au