Tips for getting your home ready for sale

Preparing your home for sale

If you’re thinking of selling and want some advice on how to get your home ready for sale, consider the following:

The condition of your property

Of all the things you control as a homeowner when selling your home, the condition of your property is the most important.

A crucial part of marketing any product is the presentation of the product. Corporations and retail businesses understand this concept and invest millions of dollars each year to get the best advice from advertising and marketing consultants. The same applies to real estate. So, in order to compete effectively with other sellers, homeowners must present their product to the marketplace in an attractive, desirable condition.

When you bought your home, you probably did some ‘comparison shopping’, just as buyers are still doing that today. In our experience, the average purchaser looks at 10 to 20 properties prior to purchasing a home. Regardless of how many properties are on the market, available buyers always seek the best priced property that’s in the best condition.

Think like a buyer

You’re not just selling a house, you’re selling a shelter, a lifestyle and a dream.

People always want the best for themselves, and your home should represent the buyer’s answer to this goal. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes as they arrive at your front door hoping this will be their ideal home. Don’t make them search somewhere else for it. If you’ve done your homework, every room in your home will give them a good reason to stay and a desire to see more.

Start making a list

Walk outside and take a good look at your property through the eyes of a buyer. Is there anything that needs repairing, looks worn, or is out-dated?

Start adding these items to your list of ‘to dos’. Walk through the interior and compile a list for each room. Ask your family for their advice too; after all, a shorter sale time will benefit everyone in the family. The following pages will guide you through each step in the process of preparing your home to achieve the highest possible sale price in the least amount of time. Our step-by-step guide focuses on six areas:

  1. Repairs
  2. Cleaning
  3. Neutralising
  4. Space management
  5. Atmosphere
  6. Staging

Download your full copy of our step-by-step guide here: