Tips for Selling Your Home for Top Dollar

by Creative Style Interiors

First impressions count when it comes to selling your home. Potential buyers need to be able to envisage how the house will work with their lifestyle, tastes and needs.

Take a step back and try to be unemotional about how your home presents to prospective buyers.

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Outside

Check out your local neighbourhood for ideas on what presents well.

  • What image does your streetscape project?
  • What is the state of your gardens, lawn, front verge, fences, paths, garage, gutters, windows, etc.?
  • Do they need fixing, replacing or simply tidying up?
  • Should you be repainting or just washing your home’s exterior?
  • Is your pool in need of a clean, or treatment?

An overgrown garden, broken down fixtures or a dirty house can make a prospective buyer leave before even entering the house.

Before & After 2Inside

Remove any clutter, excess furniture and obvious personal objects. The aim is to make the spaces in your home appear as large as possible and help potential buyers to visualise themselves living there. This can be difficult to do if your home is chock full of your furniture and personal objects.

Some items to consider removing from display in your home are:

  • Anything on your fridge
  • Photographs of yourself, your family and friends
  • Jewellery and cosmetics
  • Paperwork and stationery
  • Ornaments and accessories that are not crucial to the décor of the room
  • Religious or political symbols
  • Toys
  • Pets and their accessories
  • Yourself

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You can get real ‘bang for your buck’ by repainting your home in an on-trend neutral colour scheme, as it will appeal to a broader audience. It will also offer ‘carte blanche’ for buyers to imagine their own belongings in the space. That being said, be aware that giving your home a fresh coat of paint can make your other finishes, such as window treatments and carpet look tired and old.

If new carpet and other floor coverings are needed, they can be purchased at a wide range of price points, depending on your budget. With window coverings, roller blinds are currently very popular as an economical and contemporary option. If these don’t suit your home, ready-made curtains or timber blinds from Ikea, Lincraft, Freedom or Spotlight can be great for a decorative and relatively inexpensive alternative.

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Check your kitchen and bathroom(s). Buyers perceive these as the two most expensive rooms to renovate. If you are after top dollar for your home, ask your agent whether it would be worthwhile renovating or putting in a new kitchen and/or bathroom. At the very least, re-grouting may be a good option.

Although prospective buyers want to imagine their own furniture in the house, they often need some help to do so. This means that keeping some relevant and strategically placed furniture in each room is important. If you are selling a vacant property, consider hiring some furniture (or a Property Stylist) to help buyers visualise themselves living there.

For all your open for inspections, your home should be clean, tidy and free of personal objects, including pets and yourself.

BONUS TIP: Candles, oil burners, reed diffusers, plug-in air fresheners or any other pleasant smelling item that ensures your home smells divine will work on potential buyers’ senses, both immediately and in their memories as ‘that gorgeous smelling house’!

If you need a little guidance in preparing your home for sale, 
feel free to call Jenny on 0416 190 792 or email jenny@creativestyle.com.au.

 

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