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Preparing your home for sale

Getting your home ready for sale (pre-sale as its often referred to) can often seem like an overwhelming task. It isn’t as simple as signing up with an agent and away you go. Often there is months of prior preparation put in to the home before it hits the market.

Whether its your first or fifth time selling a home, we have put together a list of pre-sale guidelines that are easy to follow when getting your home ready for sale.

Pre-sale: First Steps

  • Consider getting a market appraisal to find out your current market value. This is a good way to also get their professional advice on what they see will add value to your home before it hits the market.
  • Consider having a building inspection to see if any repairs are needed.
  • Walk through each room and look at them from a buyer’s perspective.
  • Sell, donate or throw out anything you don’t need. Great starting places are Facebook marketplace, gumtree and ebay.

Pre-sale Clean and declutter

Spring cleaning gets a whole new meaning when selling your home. But, no matter what the season, ensuring your home is clean from top to toe is vital.

  • Scrub grout lines and tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Clean timber/hard floors and professionally clean carpets.
  • Wash curtains and clean blinds.
  • Clean windows and flyscreens
  • Repair any cracks and holes in the walls.
  • Organize, declutter and neaten inside wardrobes.
  • Remove and hide away pet items, trip hazards, unnecessary bulky items.
  • Remove family photos and personal items.
  • Secure valuable items, like cash, laptops, cameras and jewellery.

Street Appeal

To get the best advise about what will improve the street appeal and exterior of your home, you can find a detailed list of things that can be done on our previous blog post regarding street appeal.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

As the age old saying goes, kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. It is always a good idea to pay particular attention to these areas of the home when preparing for sale.

  • Mop the floors.
  • Clear and declutter the benchtops.
  • Replace any outdated and broken door hardware or hinges.
  • Clean appliances and fixtures.
  • Clean and organize the pantry, cupboards and drawers.
  • Remove stains from sinks, toilets and bathtubs.
  • Hang fresh towels.

The extra mile

If you have the budget to spend on these things, you will be able to maximise the full potential of your sale campaign, and add up to 15-20% on the final sale price.

  • Have the property professionally styled by a property stylist like Plush Home.
  • Have the streetscape professionally transformed by a landscape designer/exterior designer. Someone like Street Appeal Garden Solutions would provide the best advise for this.
  • Have the property professionally cleaned.
  • Paint interior walls all in the one, neutral colour.
  • Replace carpets

Open home guidelines

Don’t forget these handy tricks for the day of your open homes.

  • Install higher watt light bulbs to brighten up all the rooms.
  • Turn on all the lights
  • Open all the windows to let in fresh air.
  • Open up all the curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off any views.
  • Turn off TVs.
  • Take pets with you when you leave the property during the open home times.

Plush Home offer pre-sale consultations for all vendors in Newcastle looking to put their home up for sale. Our professional advice will help you achieve the best results, without spending a fortune.