We’ve all struggled to make our home more attractive to prospective buyers in time for auction – here are our hot tips to wow the market.
With the latest House Rules home renovation increasing the value of Leigh and Kristie’s home by over $385,000 in just a week, we got to thinking about some of the best ways to make a big impact for potential buyers as you prepare your own home for sale.
1. Give the kitchen & bathroom simple makeover & update
Whilst they’re the most expensive rooms in the house to transform with a complete renovatation, simple cosmetic changes can go a long way to directing prospective buyers towards the positives in the space. Try quick fixes such as
Fix dripping taps or, better still, replacing tapware
Painting the ceiling
Filling holes and cracks in walls and performing surface repairs
Steam clean carpets, including stairs
2. Sort the street appeal
First impressions are lasting and a tidy front garden speaks volumes. Remove tired plants, high pressure clean pathways and brickwork, place potted colour or trending plants in pride of place on arrival for open house viewings.
3. Brief your sales team
Do the groundwork with your real estate agent and brief their whole team on any development applications, survey or engineering reports or building plans you’ve had investigated or approved. This may give buyers a jumping off point for their own improvements to your home and take a little of the load off their decision making.
4. Stage it right
Don’t underestimate the results on buyers of making your home look at though it’s ready to move into - new fresh pillows and linen on beds, clutter free cupboards and surfaces and all rooms sparkling clean and ready to go wont put off those not willing to exert themselves towards a makeover as soon as they move in
Essentially, staging your home for sale is all about selling the idea of a life there to prospective buyers. Perhaps people can look past a little dodgy paint work and a few easy fixes, but if you do the work for them, they’ll focus instead on the possibilities of a life to be enjoyed in your home.