Tips on Selling

Preparing your property for sale

We all want to get the best possible price for our property. Of course the features of a property - the number of bedrooms, or the size and quality of the kitchen, for example - play a large role. But a prospective buyer's first impressions exert a profound influence on how they evaluate a property even allowing for other more tangible features.
Fortunately, it's usually pretty easy and inexpensive to make a great first impression! Try hard to walk around the property and see it through "new eyes", unfamiliar with the shapes, colours and textures. You'll see parts that need cleaning, maybe a touch of paint, and definitely areas that need to be tidied. Below are lists of things to note and attend to at your property.
Outside Presentation
  • First impressions count. As soon as your house is on the market, potential buyers are likely to drive past. It is important that the house is well presented and welcoming.
  • Mow the lawn, sweep the driveway and foot paths, remove any debris from the side of the house.
  • Clean windows inside and out. Brush away cobwebs. Touch up any cracking or peeling paint from gutters and eaves.
  • Plant some welcoming cheery flowers near the front door.
  • Tidy the yard. Pack away any gardening tools, bikes or toys.
Inside Presentation
  • First impressions count. Consider what the buyers will see, smell and hear when first entering your home. Ensure doors open and close easily, and door bells are working.
  • Fresh air is best, air off the house by opening the windows to let fresh air in. Important after cooking or if you have pets. Pets scent should be minimised by keeping your pets outside during the time we are selling your home.
  • Open the curtains or blinds to let as much natural light in as possible.
  • Ensure the house is warm in winter. Turn the heating on well before the time of the exhibition and leave the heating on during the exhibition.
  • Minimise clutter, pack away personal items, such as bills, toys and shoes. Leave the kitchen bench clear packing away all food and appliances such as the toaster and kettle.
  • If you have a dog, pack away all pet bowls and bedding. Try to keep pets outside as much as possible to minimise their scent. If you have dog take it with you during the exhibition so that buyers are free to walk around the home and backyard.
Presenting for an exhibition
  • Clean, clean and clean. Vacuum the floors and clean the kitchen, laundry, bathroom and toilet.
  • Ensure the living rooms and bedrooms are tidy. Pack away any personal items and minimise clutter.
  • Leave the house with a fresh clean smell. Use mildly scented cleaning products.
  • Open blinds and curtains to allow light to come into the house. Open windows on a warm day, to let fresh air in.
  • Leave the house during the exhibitions. Buyers often feel more comfortable if you are not present at the exhibitions.
  • If you have a pet, take it with you during the exhibition. It is a great opportunity to take your dog to the park or for a walk.