If the time has come to sell, preparing your property for viewing can make all the difference.
To help you out, here are six expert tips that will help you get started and make sure your house is looking its best for potential buyers on open home day. These tips won’t just make your house more attractive to prospective buyers, they could potentially increase the sale price too.
Have street appeal. How do you enhance the street appeal of your home? Mow the lawns, make sure the hedging is neat and plant fresh flowers so that visitors fall in love with your home from the get-go. Talk to your local Resene ColorShop staff about quick ways to freshen up the outside using paint – even painting your mailbox could make a difference.
Dress to impress. Dress you house to suit the kind of buyer you think will be most interested in it. Your real estate agent will be able to help you with this. If it's most likely to be a family, add details and homewares throughout the home to portray a family-friendly setting – from hanging four towels in the bathroom to placing four toothbrushes on the vanity.
But don't overwhelm. In saying that, make sure the home isn't just filled with your stuff. People like to visualise their own belongings in their potential new home, so keep it homely but uncluttered. Once again, your agent can give you tips on minimalist styling.
Spring clean! It's common sense to present a clean home when putting it on the market. Don't neglect the little details, such as clearing the ceiling corners of cobwebs and replacing old shampoo bottles or wellworn towels. Don't be afraid to ask friends and family to help out, or to give a final appraisal of the house before you have an open home.
Give it some flair. Your house is almost ready, but what about some stand out design details? Things such as colourful linen on the beds can be a clever way to brighten up a room. It doesn’t need to be extravagant to be beautiful, and the benefit is that you can take the bedding with you when you sell.
And on the day... On open home day, brew a fresh pot of coffee or tea and even freshly baked goods won't go astray. This will make potential buyers feel welcomed and comfortable.
This article is featured in Harcourts Property Focus, Issue 2 2021.