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Selling your home is a big decision, with lots of things to consider. Once you have decided to put your home on the market, there is some important prep work that you should do to make sure that the buyers are lining up to make an offer. What can you do to make that home of yours stand out to the market?
Guest blogger, Michelle Gyde from Urban Studio Properties Limited, has had a proven sales record in the real estate industry for some time and shares her hot tips with us on how to get that home looking like a gem to catch the eye of even the most critical buyers!
Answer is, right here, right now! Preparing your property for the market can be seen as daunting. It doesn’t need to be that complicated! With the right advice for your particular situation and property, you will minimise stress and maximise the sale price with a few little steps. The results will surprise you!
Preparation could be as grand as a new kitchen, replacing the roof or as simple as changing the look or impression your property gives. The mighty internet has changed the way we research and make decisions. With the click of a mouse, swipe of a finger, the flick of a page, it has made our lives (and our house-buying) incredibly fast-paced! Savvy buyers make decisions about what they see in minutes, based on imagery and key words in advertisements well before they get in the car and go to an open home. So, putting some time into the prep prior to photography is paramount in catching the buyer’s attention from the very first day you hit the market.
The first skill you’ll need is to acquire the art of ‘De Cluttering’. This is usually required by even the most seasoned seller. Despite personal tastes, there is no escaping that you will need to make a tweak or two. Not all personal styles match, but there are some ‘rules of thumb’ which instantly open and brighten a space. A busy and cluttered area can look awesome in some houses or too distracting in others sending the mind into overdrive while trying to work out the wood from the trees. Don’t forget – your buyer needs to be able to see the ‘bones’ of the house. It needs to be clear enough for them to imagine their furniture and their styling in the house. If you have a dark space, and let’s face it, most of us do have the odd area, make sure you have your curtains pulled back, your lights on, and please make sure all of the light bulbs are working!
A fresh, clean looking and smelling house will always appeal to the buyer’s senses. Open windows, refresh linen, clean carpets etc. Surfaces should sparkle - buyers love that and will always praise the seller for it! Dust off those cobwebs inside and out, cut lawn edges, sweep fallen leaves, water blast the moss and slippery paths, attack weedy gardens and overgrown foliage - give yourself the best opportunity to impress right from the footpath. Don’t forget people do drivebys too!
Pick your launch day for the market and work backwards. That’s the easiest way and this will hopefully leave yourself an extra day or two up your sleeve for the unexpected. There are a lot of little things that you can add into your prep depending on your time frame, budget and ability.
Sound advice from your trusted Real Estate professional will work wonders and pay off dividends at the sale end without over capitalising - now that’s what we want to hear!!
And last but certainly not least, please, please compliment all of the time and effort you have spent making your property shine like a star by engaging professional photography, or considering this as part of your marketing package. The impact you create and the attention you generate will impress your best buyers right there and then. With so many out of town buyers focusing on the photographs alone, photography that properly shows off your home is a no brainer!
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