Preparing your home for sale

It is important that your home stands out from the competition if you are wanting it to sell quickly, add a few thousand to your final sale price and do so without too much hassle.

The key is to ensure that it is actually well prepared for the sale.

To achieve this, you need to do a small number of things that will add the most value to your home in the least amount of time, and with minimal outlay.

It may surprise you how economical and easy it is to give your home a new look with new paint ,different floor cover8ing and bench tops can be replaced directly over the old ones hence saving time and money.

Now imagine that you are a buyer and have come to your home to have a look with the intention of buying it. Note down any bits and pieces that would push you away or repel you or make you not want to buy your home. Note the wear and tear, any damage to the roof, ceiling, built in cupboards etc, any signs of bad taste in your mouth that would make you not put your money in that house.

Also consider additional fixtures that would enhance your home like additional wardrobes, cupboards, benches etc. Are there any features missing that you would expect to see?

Is your house worn out and outdated? What does the interior look like? Does it have enough lighting and air circulation?

What about the backyard? Could it be planned and organised differently? Is the fence suitable for all families with or without children? What about pets?

These are but a few things that you need to consider as you look to sell your home. Once you have swept through every inch of your home and yard and noted what needs to be changes, repaired or enhanced then you are ready to complete the necessary repairs and prepare for some home staging.

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HOME STAGING

Regardless of the type of property you own, be it a freestanding house, a single unit, a cottage, a terrace, heritage, contemporary or investment property , it is vitally important in any economic times to stage your home for sale. Staging ensures a greater appeal to all the buyers viewing your home.

You can hire professionals to assist you for a fee but you can also work alongside your agent who should know who the ‘target market ‘ is for your home and therefore have ideas on how to dress the home for the market.

 

So what exactly is “Staging”?

  • Property styling or property presentation , which is the art of setting up your home at its best or most appealing state by minimising flaws and emphasising your homes best attributes for a sale. Simply put it is presenting your home to appeal to your target market.

 

What is the purpose of staging?

  • To get buyers to imagine their lives it and feel a sense of urgency about making an offer before someone else buys it first. It is the forming of a strong emotional attachment. This emotional attachment will determine the amount of money they will be willing to spend to own it. It is a fact of staged homes bring in about 15% more revenue than those who aren’nt.

 

What does home staging involve?

  • De-cluttering
  • Cleaning
  • Re-arranging, removing and/or replacing furniture.
  • Optimise space
  • Accessorising
  • Light up the home
  • Fresh air/ open windows
  • Organise cupboards
  • Landscape and tidy the grounds
  • Smells good

 

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