Australia’s property market typically experiences a boom in the spring, and Melbourne is no exception. The national housing market is showing signs of recovery with Melbourne experiencing a rise of 1.8 per cent in the last quarter (Source: News.com.au/Finance/Economy 4 Sep 2019).
As better weather prompts homeowners to think about putting their property on the market. potential buyers are also taking advantage of the increased number of homes on the market and larger number of auctions on weekends.
Preparing to sell your home can be a time-consuming experience, but experts agree that investing the time and energy into creating the best possible impression for potential buyers will increase your chances of getting top dollar for your home. Keep reading for our guidelines on preparing your home for the market.
Start with a general tidy and de-clutter, both inside and for all external areas. This includes creating ‘pavement appeal’ by mowing lawns, cutting back overgrown trees and bushes, weeding flower beds and even investing in some spring planting to appeal to prospective buyers.
A thorough clean will also create a good first impression. Clean windows and pressure wash driveways, verandahs and patios, clear out and repair gutters and make sure minor repairs are taken care of, such as painting touch-ups and repairing or replacing light fixtures, doorbells and doorknobs.
Refresh rooms with a new coat of paint, ideally in light, neutral colours. Shampoo carpet and replace it if necessary.
Create atmosphere, either by minimising the furniture and decorations in each room to create a ‘blank canvas’ for prospective buyers to imaging their own belongings in the property, or by hiring furniture and accessories to create a look that appeals to a wide range of tastes.
A property styler or home stager can provide a full service, including photography and a sales campaign, or you may use their services for a one-off consultation to guide you in presenting your home to its best advantage. It’s a good idea to weigh up the cost of this service against the potential benefits in selling for maximum value.
During open for inspections, make sure internal doors and windows are open to create a fresh and bright atmosphere, and brew some coffee or bake fresh bread or biscuits ahead of time to create a warm and homely touch. Make your property inviting by turning on heating or cooling as the weather demands. This has the added benefit of showing prospective buyers that these systems are in good working order.
Finally, clean up after pets and make sure they are not in your home during inspections.
A good idea is to drive past your home and look at it through a buyer’s eyes.
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