Current COVID-19 restrictions mean that Melbourne’s spring selling season is going to be delayed this year – in fact, it’s going to be the summer selling season by the time restrictions are lifted!
Market reports suggest there is still strong interest in homes for sale, and when the selling season finally gets under way, there will be high demand for well-presented properties with an abundance of visual appeal.
While most types of renovation and maintenance works are currently not permitted, there are still many things you can do yourself to prepare your home for sale. We’ve put together a list of ways to make your home stand out to potential buyers.
First Impressions Count!
Curb appeal is important when it comes to impressing potential buyers (who may be driving through the area to see what’s on the market). Thoroughly clean the outside of your home – windows, doors and external walls. Pressure wash fences and driveways and clear debris from gutters – read our tips on DIY gutter maintenance. A coat of paint will instantly freshen up your home’s exterior.
A tidy, attractive garden adds instant appeal to your home. Take some time to prepare your lawn for spring growth and plant new grass if necessary. There is an abundance of information available on how to care for a spring lawn.
Thoroughly weed garden beds and trim back or remove dead winter growth from your garden. Invest in some spring planting to give your garden colour and life.
Use Some Elbow Grease
Giving the inside of your home a thorough spring clean and tidy will give it the best chance of impressing a potential buyer and will give you an idea of any small repair or update jobs that need doing. Carpets, curtains and drapes can be shampooed and steam cleaned by hiring a cleaning unit and detergent, or simply buy some good quality products to target smaller areas.
Clear out cupboards and wardrobes – this is a great time to arrange a hard rubbish collection through your local council. The aim is for a clean, uncluttered look to all of your rooms.
Thoroughly clean walls, shower and bathroom tiles, blinds, exhaust fans, door frames, door handles and kitchen appliances. Now is the time for small repair jobs. Clean and clear any external spaces such as carports and garages, to give potential buyers an idea of how their own belongings would look in your home.
While it’s not possible at the moment to have your property professionally styled, there is still a lot of advice and information available on how to give your home a design update. Some real estate services are offering this kind of service free if you sign a contract with them to sell your home.
There are many things you can do yourself to give your home a fresh look and show it to its best advantage.
Open up rooms as much as possible by re-arranging or removing furniture and belongings which may be creating a cluttered feel.
Add touches of colour with cushions, lamps, throws and wall prints. Indoor plants, either real or good-quality artificial types will also enliven and refresh your home.
Ask someone you know to drive or walk past your house and give you feedback on anything they see which is off-putting or indicates neglect. If it’s an issue for them, you can be sure it will also be noticed by potential buyers.
The Home Inspection Hub is still conducting inspections permitted under Stage 4 restrictions, and our Sales and Customer Service Team can take an advance booking for other inspections we offer, ready for when restrictions are lifted. Call us on 1300 071 283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send us a free quote request.