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Set yourself up for success with these handy hints on preparing your home for sale.

As you want your property to portray an ideal lifestyle that a buyer aspires to, by putting in the effort to spruce your home prior to sale, you can ultimately be rewarded by achieving a better sale price. It is important not to over capitalise when making improvements. The cost to improve particular areas may not net a higher return in the sale price (over and above the investment).

  1. Declutter – Now’s the time to be brutal with your contents that you have lying around or stored away. This includes the garage, man cave and shed. Less clutter assists in keeping your home tidier and helps make the rooms appear larger. A simple way to get you started is to create 3 piles; keep, toss and store. Don’t hide your clutter in the cupboards. Potential buyers look for storage in properties, so it’s wise to organise your linen closets and wardrobes too.  Consider having a garage sale, donating to charity or renting a skip bin for all your unwanted items. You could also consider storing your items off site during the sale campaign.
  2. Spring Clean – Inside and out. Dust and clean indoor and outdoor furniture, clean windows, external and internal walls, blinds, ovens, drains, mirrors, ceiling fans.
  3. Curb Appeal – Make sure the front of the property looks appealing and inviting and the gardens, pool and entertaining areas are spotless.
  4. Fix It – Attend to any maintenance issues that could result in a deal breaker, such as retaining walls, leaking taps, gutters and pipes. Basic maintenance work will help ensure buyers don’t find any faults.
  5. Lick of Paint – A coat of paint can freshen and brighten up the property overall. Consider neutral colours and add pops of colour with decor or indoor plants.
  6. Add a little ‘wow’ factor such as: changing the kitchen cabinet knobs or handles; adding a new mailbox; installing new blinds or curtains; replacing the kitchen appliances if they’re really outdated or on their last legs; oiling a deck; mulching the gardens; cutting back hedges or plants to give the yard a more spacious appearance; placing plants in pots around the outside of the house; or ditching the feature wall and either dressing it up with a fashion piece or adding wall storage or a bookshelf instead.
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