Preparing your Home for Sale

Maximising first impressions

Exterior and Curb Appeal

· Experts say most buyers make their decision at first sight.

General Exterior

· Prospective buyers will react well to signs your home has been meticulously maintained.

· Landscaping – mow, edge and water lawn, trim hedges, weed and fertilise flowerbeds, and prune trees.

· Keep the driveway clean and free of parked cars, and keep the garage door closed.

· Repair or replace loose or damaged roof tiles if applicable.

· Minimise cracks or crumbling on walkways, walls, or steps, and keep them clean and free of obstruction like toys.

· Make sure that from the street, your property appears clean and clear.

· Inspect appearance of interior window coverings from the outside.

· Repair any peeling paint on windows or other areas.

· Take steps to eliminate insect or rodent pest.

· Pick up after your pets and neighbourhood animals.


· While you are unlocking the property and turning off alarms, buyers have idle time to notice details.

· Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.

· Consider adding pots of flowering plants in the entryway if weather permits.

· Remove cobwebs and clean the doorway area windows, porch lights, or decorative glass.

Interior Appeal

· Once inside, Experts say most buyers are reaffirming their first impressions from the outside.

Clean, Clear, Light and Bright

· Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. Hiring a cleaning service may pay for itself by adding to a buyer’s perceived value of your home.

· For a sleeker, more spacious look, consider placing furniture from crowded rooms in storage.

· Clear kitchen counters or benches of everything other than perhaps a few pretty items. Ask yourself – In a model home, would a professional decorator put your choice of items out on the counter?

· Remember, wardrobes and hall cupboards will be opened! Keep wardrobes, cupboards, and storage areas neat and tidy. Since you’re anticipating a move anyway, consider holding a garage sale or boxing and storing unused belongings.

· If necessary, repaint or clean or replace dingy, soiled or strongly coloured walls, and window and floor coverings with a light, neutral shade. Bright rooms look bigger, and neutral colours help buyers envision their own furnishing and décor.

· Repair dripping taps, burned out light globes, or cracked windowpanes.

· Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallpaper, and tiles.

Warm and Homey

· Subtle Scents of potpourri in bedrooms or baths and fresh baked cookies or coffee in the kitchen can make your home more inviting.

· Keep an attractive set of towels in each bathroom to be brought out only for showings.

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