Every seller wants their property sell fast and bring in top money. Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home. Here is a 10 step guide to making your property irresistible and marketable property.
Time Required: 7 – 10 days
1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home
- You need to say to yourself, “this is not my home; it is a house – a product to be sold.”
- Make the decision to “let go” of your emotions and concentrate on the fact that soon the property will no longer be yours.
- Say goodbye to every room.
- Don’t look backwards – look towards the future.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."
People collect an amazing amount of junk. If you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.
- If you don’t need it consider donating it or throw it away.
- Remove all books from bookcases.
- Pack up those Knick knacks.
- Take away everything on the kitchen counters.
- Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
- Think of this as a head-start on the packing you will eventually have to do.
4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets
Buyers love to open closets and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out and are messy! Now imagine what a buyer thinks about you if they see everything organised. It says you probably have taken good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:
- Neaten up your spice cupboard.
- Neatly stack the dishes.
- If you are the one with a fridge full of magnets try to limit yourself or put them all away.
- Organise your wardrobe.
- Hide away shoes.
5. Rent a Storage Unit
Less is more when it comes to furniture. Remove furniture that block walkways and make each room look bigger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want your buyers thinking, “What is this room used for?”
6. Remove/ Replace Favourite Items.
If there are fixtures and fittings that you are not looking to leave in the property it is a good idea to remove them now. If the chandelier once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, they won’t want it. You do not want anything to blow a deal. So pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
7. Make Minor Repairs
- Replace any cracked flooring or tiles.
- Repair any cracks and holes on the wall.
- Fix and leaks
- Fix any doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers
- Consider painting your walls neutral colours (you don’t want buyers to be distracted by that pink bedroom.)
- Replace any light bulbs
8. Make the House Sparkle!
- Clean all windows inside and out.
- Jet wash patios and walkway
- Get rid of those cobwebs
- Re-seal bath tubs, showers and sinks
- Clean out the fridge
- Vacuum daily
- Dust all the furniture
- Replace worn rugs
- Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odours are a no no.
- Get some fresh flowers for the dining table
- Add some mirrors to make rooms bigger and lighter
- Go outside and look at the front of the property. If you was a buyer would you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
- Look in each room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
- Rearrange the furniture around until it make sense.
- Make sure window curtains and blinds are hanging level.
10. Check Curb Appeal
The first impression comes from the exterior. If the buyer doesn’t like the exterior they won’t bother even coming inside.
- Trim all scrubs and bushes
- De-weed where necessary
- Mow the lawn
- Paint window frames if they are wooden
- Plant flowers and plants
- Make sure buyers can clearly read your house number