Selling Tips

Selling Tips

Preparing your property for sale

When thinking about selling, there are many things you can do to add value to your home. A good place to start is with a free property appraisal, where a Harcourts gold consultant can advise you on the market value as well what you could do to improve it, while working within your budget. Click here to request a free market appraisal today. Here are a few tips on adding value for prospective buyers.

Declutter and Depersonalise

Start thinking of your house objectively, as a property for sale. Buyers want to see if they can visualise their own life there. Assist them in this, by decluttering. Remove anything surplus that takes up valuable space, and consider hiring a storage space for excess items. Keep surfaces clear and organise cupboards, as buyers will also be looking in their for potential storage capabilities. Remove personal items and consider having your home professionally staged, especially if your furniture is tired. Decluttering can be used as an opportunity to preparing yourself for moving also... the less you have to move, the better!

Street Appeal

Your home’s exterior and garden should be tidy and inviting – first impressions are important.
Keep lawns mowed, paths swept and free of moss and gardens weeded. Mulching the garden can be an instant improvement and will help manage weeds while your home is on the market. Check that fences are in good condition and declutter the section. Wash the house and any other buildings, including all windows.
Check that the front gate is clean, tidy and working well. The letterbox should be clean and in good condition with clear numbering. Have a look at your front door and consider a fresh coat of paint and a new doormat. Depending on the time of year, you may want to add a pot plant for colour.

Touch ups and Repairs

Most of us have a list of jobs around the home that haven’t been finished. Now is the time! Fix any issues like leaks, damaged retaining walls and broken drains. Make sure you have consent and compliance documentation for any changes you’ve made to the property. Attend to things like dripping taps, cracked windows, holes in walls, tired paint, sticking doors and lightbulbs that need replacing. Your gold consultant will help you prioritise the tasks to tackle if you’re short of time and budget.