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It is show time

“Aside from correctly pricing your property, the next essential step to ensuring a successful property transaction in the shortest possible time is to showcase your home in a way that highlights its finer points,” he says, “It won’t cost a lot to get your home show ready, but it may take some work.”
Goslett explains that there are a few things that sellers can do to ensure that their home is dressed to its Sunday best on show day.

Kick unkept to the kerb

The old cliché of first impressions do count rings true when buyers look at homes for sale. The outside of the property and front garden will be the first thing that buyers will see, so make sure it looks good. Mow the lawn, pull out the weeds, edge the pavement outside and your driveway and plant some flowers to add some colour. All this will make a big difference to the appeal of your home and will give you some bragging rights too.

Keep it clean

It may be simple, but make sure your home is clean and tidy. You don’t want buyers to be distracted by the dust and dirt rather than looking at what the home has to offer. You want the best possible picture of your home in their minds – not of the dirty dishes in the sink.

Get rid of the clutter

Believe it or not, this is not the same thing as cleaning. With most sellers having lived in their home for many years, they may have collected a large amount of items. Where possible pack unnecessary items away. It will make your home seem more spacious. Take out oversized or unused furniture that has no purpose or that does not add to the look of the room.  De-cluttering also includes things like family photos – after all, buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in the home – not you.

From the ground up

The first thing that a buyer will see as they step through the door will be the flooring. If your home is carpeted, get them professionally cleaned. Aside from making them look better, it will also leave your home smelling great. If your home has wooden flooring, make sure they are in a good shape by perhaps sanding and varnishing them. This may take some time but will be worth the effort.  

A room with a view

A striking, panoramic view can convince even the biggest home buying critic. If your property overlooks a river, mountain, park or manicured garden – show off the view. Views add to the value of your home and should be used as an asset when showcasing your home. Move objects or furniture away from the windows and keep window treatments to a minimum.

A new coat

A fresh coat of paint goes a long way to uplifting the look of a home. It can be relatively cheap but very effective and probably the best return on your investment when selling your home. It is better to opt for one colour from a neutral palette throughout the home, rather than selecting many different colours. You may love the bright orange feature wall, but there is a good chance that the majority of buyers out there won’t. Light neutral colours will also make your home seem larger.

The paper run

While a coat of paint adds to the appeal of your home, wallpapering won’t. Although wallpaper has reappeared in contemporary designs, it is a very personal choice. Less is more, so rather take wallpaper down and stick with the paint.

What’s the purpose?

Keep bedrooms as bedrooms; don’t set up the room as an office or studio. Bedroom space is more valuable to buyers than any other space. A three-bedroom home will be seen as more valuable than a two-bedroom home with a study. By defining the purpose of a room, buyers will think of the space in the correct manner and assess its value accordingly.

“When all is said and done, buyers want a home that meets their requirements and looks good. Presenting the property in a way that makes it stand out from others will ensure that it makes a lasting impression on the right buyer,” Goslett concludes.


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