Property Preparation Tips
Properly preparing your property for potential buyers can make the difference between a quick sale at a good price and a difficult sale with price reductions.
Be objective. Buyers go by what they see, so look at your property through a buyer's eyes. Understand its strengths and weaknesses. A clean, orderly house inspires confidence and sells more easily. If needed, invite a few of your friends over, take them through your home and ask them to make comments on the condition of your property.
Understand, too, that many potential buyers take a look at your property from the outside, without even contacting you. It's your home's ''curb appeal'' that attracts visitors first.
Here is a list of things to consider to ensure that your house makes a "buy me" impression.
A well-maintained garden and/or courtyard
- Clear the paths
- Trim the shrubs and trees, if any.
- Weed the flower beds.
- Remove anything cluttering up the yard.
- Clean the pool, garden furniture, BBQ, garbage can, etc
- Clean the house thoroughly, particularly the kitchen, the bathrooms, the windows and the blinds.
- Get rid of any useless items cluttering up storage space.
- Ideally remove personal items and also any items of value (for security)
- Give the walls a fresh coat of paint (if painted). A coat of white matte makes rooms look larger and brighter, and eliminates smoke and pet odours.
- Light the rooms to enhance their appearance.
- Make sure that everything is in working order in the house (toilets, doorbell, heating, air conditioner, etc.).
- Don't forget: the smell of cigarettes can turn even other smokers off.
Making sure the property and any amenities are in good shape doesn't increase the value, but it does consolidate it. After all, a buyer expects a working water heater and a watertight roof.