If you would like to maximise your results and help your agent make your nest stand out, then consider these 7 handy hints:
- Clean. Probably the most obvious hint that so many sellers don’t quite get. You may have the most beautiful home, but if it is unclean then there is no better way to send buyers running the other way. This will also eliminate any unpleasant odours and keep the pests at bay. If you have tenants that are unwilling to clean, then consider getting a professional cleaner to do the job. You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is and it’s a once-off.
- Declutter. Apart from decorative items, if there is anything on your countertops or tables that you haven’t used in the past 3 months, then either throw or give them away or donate them to a grateful charity. Try to keep furnishings to a minimum too, so that rooms appear bigger and buyers can freely walk through.
- Depersonalize. This may work hand-in hand with decluttering, but if you have stacks of personal memorabilia, then consider choosing a couple of your favourite pieces to leave out and store the rest. It’s only temporary and buyers need to be able to visualise their own lives and personal space.
- Staging. It’s important to speak with your agent to understand the type of buyer for your home – whether they’re families, first home buyers, or investors. Stage your home accordingly and your buyers will quickly be able to associate their lives with your property. Some examples may be fresh towels in the bathrooms, open blinds and curtains for maximum sunlight, fresh flowers, scented diffusers and air-flow, or a neat and tidy garden and shed.
- Repairs and renovations. Make those minor repairs and touch ups that you’ve been putting off for so long. You’ll be amazed at the difference it’ll make to the look and feel or your home, and your end result. For the larger jobs; kitchens, bathrooms and decking are the top features that create the most perceived-value to buyers – just be careful not to overcapitalise.
- Access. Homes that don’t get shown, don’t get sold. For example, if you are restricting your agent by limiting the timeframe to show your property, not supplying keys or not locking up unfriendly dogs, then bear in mind that you are limiting your agent’s ability to sell your property.
- Listen to your agent. With a proven track record of successfully selling many properties, you should trust and follow your agent’s advice as best you can. At the end of the day, achieving the best result for you is their top priority.