Preparing Your House
A good idea in reviewing your property and the presentation is to put yourself in the purchaser’s shoes. Look at your property from across the street and ask yourself – honestly and seriously – would you buy this house? Look at what detracts from the house – if you don’t like anything, it’s more than likely prospective buyers won’t either. Think back to when you purchased the property and work on those elements that attracted you to purchasing the property.
What’s required on the outside?
As you analyse the exterior of your property, consider the following aspects:
- The lawn – keep it cut, with neat edges. Avoid bare patches as well and possibly consider drought-proof plants.
- Trim back tree and shrub branches – especially around windows. Remove dead branches.
- Planting colourful flowers is worthwhile and lifts the appearance of your garden. Mulch the plant weeds and ensure the garden is weeded.
- Ensure the garden paths are swept – possibly invest in a cheap garden blower (you’ll probably need it where you’re moving to).
- Basic housekeeping should be maintained –
- Wash eaves and remove spider webs.
- Unblock and clean the drains and spouting
- Wash down the front door and remove any shoes form area.
- Remove all junk from the garden – car parts might be your hobby, but a prospective purchaser might not appreciate them.
- Ensure your pool is kept clean.
- Keep your garage door shut.
What’s required on the inside?
Now focus on the inside of your property. Keep in mind the following items:
- Remove clutter from and clean every room. Buyers prefer to see properties in their more natural state.
- Rent a storage shed for your excess items.
- Vacuum – and preferably steam clean – your carpets.
- If you need to paint any surfaces, neutral colours are best.
- Ensure all tiles, wallpaper, plaster, etc is free of damage – otherwise repair.
- There should be no leaky taps in your dwelling.
- Creaky floorboards should be attended to and doors and windows should open and close easily.
- Clean bench tops in kitchens and bathrooms, showers and baths should also be spotless.
- Do not leave any items of value out.
- Indoor plants often add some character to otherwise sparse interiors.
What’s required for the open home?
Some finishing touches for open homes never go amiss:
- Well lit homes are best – possibly turn lights on and keep curtains and blinds open.
- Aromas tend to be winners – possibly bake fresh bread or leave fresh coffee brewing! Maybe biscuits baking or potpourri. Flowers often help.
- Attend to detail – present perfectly. Touches such as a set dinner table and lit open fireplace may well impress.
- Again, ensure there is no clutter anywhere.
- Any visible linen and towels must be clean.
- It’s best to remove pets from the property.
- Switch the TV off, but background mood music might be appropriate.
- Irrespective of the season, ensure the house is at an acceptable temperature.
- Ensure prospective purchasers enter via the front door rather than any other entranceways.
- Don’t hang about on the open day – remove yourself from the scene and let BPG do the rest.