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10 Tips To Prepare Your House For Sale

The easiest way to improve the perceived value of your property is to give it a deep, thorough clean. Showing off a spotless home gives your property the best possible chance of performing well when it goes to market.


Consider hiring cleaning professionals for a flawless clean. Even if you usually clean your home yourself, the return on investment will be worth it on auction day.

Declutter & Clean From Top To Bottom

10 Tips To Prepare Your House For Sale

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Nothing transforms a space like a fresh coat of paint! Remember to patch any dents or holes before repainting to ensure an as-new finish for potential buyers.


If your home has feature walls or you preferred bold colour choices for your last renovation, consider repainting in a more neutral scheme to appeal to the majority of the market. Don’t forget ceilings, cabinetry, and doors when adding these finishing touches. 


Off-white, grey and beige are the safest bets to maximise your property’s appeal with potential buyers and freshen up its overall impression.

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Add A Fresh Coat Of Paint

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New fixtures and fittings are an easy way to instantly update your home’s interiors. Buyers place a lot of value on kitchens and bathrooms, where old fixtures can drag down the property’s overall appeal. 


Door knobs, taps, light shades, and handles are affordable and simple ways to update the appearance of your home, especially if fixtures are looking tired or dated.

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Replace Old Fixtures & Fittings

Rearranging or removing furniture is an easy and effective way to transform your spaces, and give potential buyers the chance to appreciate the scale of your property.


Remove sentimental pieces that don’t compliment the space or suit the styling that you’re presenting, and move furniture away from the walls, which (counterintuitively) makes a space feel bigger!


Think about how people will move through the property on open days and inspections, and remove furniture from hallways or meeting spaces if it will improve the flow through the property.


It’s also important to clearly define each space. Set the dining table as if a meal was taking place, and delineate the spare room as an office or extra bedroom depending on the market you’re trying to appeal to.

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Rearrange & Repurpose Living Spaces

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As well as a proper clean, it’s a good idea to tidy your home of personal items like photos, heirlooms, and artwork. As precious as they are to you, it’s important to present a neutral space to potential buyers so they can imagine occupying it in their own ways.


Put potential buyers at ease on inspection day by depersonalising - removing all elements that might be considered “personal taste”- and keep the styling of all spaces neutral. This way, buyers will feel comfortable as soon as they enter the space, and free to explore it unreservedly.


As a secondary bonus, clearing your home of clutter before inspections will make the moving process that much smoother.

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Remove Your Personal Items

Anyone who’s been stuck with limited storage knows how much of a nightmare it can be! Buyers are savvy to checking out storage options in bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, and love to see the clever ways that storage has been installed and utilised.


Consider buying cheap tubs or baskets to improve storage spaces, and rather than removing all your items from the built-in storage, try to display them neatly and practically so that potential buyers perceive the home as liveable and neat.

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Organise Cupboards & Storage Space

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The first impression that potential buyers have of your home is crucial, and can be the make-or-break in their purchasing decision. Walk through your home, from the street, through the front door, and out to the back with a fresh set of eyes.


Note down anything that you notice, annoys you, or strikes you as strange, and amend it before inspections or open house day! Because it’s outside, the exterior of the front door is often neglected, but it’s an important symbol of the rest of the property for first-time visitors.

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Create a Welcoming Entrance

There’s no point investing time, money, and effort into the inside of your property if you’re not sprucing up the exterior too! 


A potential buyer’s first impression starts as soon as they see your property’s exterior, so tidy up and refresh the gardens, update the fence if it’s looking rickety, and ensure downpipes and gutters are in good condition.


If you’re lucky enough to have a pool area, check the fences, tiling, and consider refreshing the outdoor furniture to show potential buyers the idyllic lifestyle they could buy into! If you have a little extra time on your hands, move out to the footpath and nature strip and tidy the grass and any landscape elements.

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Tidy The Outside Of The House

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High on the “must have” list for of a lot of buyers, natural light is one of the best ways to improve the overall appeal of a space, making it appear bigger and fresher.


If you’re lucky enough to have big windows, remove or pull back any dark curtains or blinds on inspection day to allow as much natural light as possible to stream in. 


If light is a more precious commodity in your property, try hanging mirrors or using reflective surfaces to amplify any light sources.

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Maximise Natural Light

Once you’ve gone through the process of depersonalising your home for inspections, it’s important that you add attractive finishing touches to entice potential buyers. Cushions and throws are an easy way to liven up a dull space, while fresh flowers in the entrance and fruit in the kitchen add a colourful, homey touch.


Set the dining table like a meal is soon to be enjoyed, place some magazines in the lounge room to show potential buyers that it’s a comfortable space, and hang some fresh towels in the bathroom to show off the practical towel racks.

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Add Those Finishing Touches

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