When preparing your home for sale, here are some of the top tips for attracting more potential buyers and higher offers:
- House odours are the number one on the home buyers “oh no” list. Odours from dirty clothes piles, cigarette smoke, mould and mildew, and pets take top billing.
- Speaking of pets, dogs can frighten some people and irritate others. Remove pets during showings if possible. The buyers are there to view the property, not watch out to see if a dog will bite them or jump up on them. Cats left in the house, especially on kitchen benches or dining tables, is another that puts buyers off.
- Declutter! This might be the simplest and best-known tip. It's obviously a must to clean and tidy your home before an inspection, but it's also crucial to get rid of clutter that could stand in the way of a potential buyer picturing themselves within the home.
- Dirty kitchens and bathrooms are an instant turnoff. When selling a property scrub them, paint them, buy a new shower curtain, rugs and towels, and clean all the windows and mirrors throughout the property - do what it takes to make your home shine. Plus, dirty kitchens and bathrooms also encourage roaches, spiders, and other insects that shouldn't be in the house (and these will no doubt be picked up during a routine pest inspection, so it's best to deal with the problem before you find a buyer).
- Last but not least, it's important grab a buyer's interest right from the curb/footpath, the moment the buyer arrives at the property. Buyers often refuse to go into a property with an unkempt yard or peeling paint, where maybe your best assets are in the property and they don’t even get to see them. Some buyers will also do a drive-by of the property before attending an inspection, so you need to be sure your home shines in all aspects.
If you're serious about selling the home and achieving that premium price the extra work is a must. Buyers are looking for that shiny gem.
Good luck and happy selling!