Useful Checklist to help prepare and stage your property for sale
Presenting your property in the most attractive way can improve the value of your asset and therefore increase the selling price.
We have put together a handy checklist to help you to prepare and stage your home for potential buyers.
1. Plan Ahead
Walk through each room and criticise the home from a buyer’s perspective.
Ask a few local real estate professionals for their advice.
Consider getting a professional home inspection to see if any repairs are needed.
Consider getting an appraisal to find out your current market value.
2. Clean, Declutter and Depersonalise
Thoroughly clean the entire home.
Scrub tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Clean hardwood floors and steam clean carpets and drapes. Consider replacing carpet if stains are prominent.
Repair cracks and holes in the walls.
If needed, paint interior walls with neutral colours like beige, cream or light pastels. Pale blues and greens are good for bathrooms.
Secure valuable items, including cash and jewellery.
3. If you find out you have Asbestos in your home
If you are the property owner and are aware of the presence of asbestos, you must disclose this information to prospective buyers.
However, if the current property owner is unaware and asbestos is discovered during the selling process, don’t fret. The prospective buyer can order a special asbestos inspection that assesses the potential hazard and airborne presence of asbestos, identifying exactly where asbestos is present and whether it needs to be remediated.
The easiest way to make a house look and feel brand-new again is by giving it a fresh lick of paint! If you are planning on selling your house, a new paint job will instantly revitalise a tired looking interior or exterior.
Buyers generally judge a home’s potential by its outward appearance, so choosing the right paint job and colours can help sell your house for thousands more than expected!
To appeal to a wider market, stick to neutral colour tones (whites, greys, creams, etc.) That way, you are selling a blank canvas to the next homeowners and giving them the freedom to redecorate the way they please.
5. Pay Attention to Kitchens and Bathrooms
Mop and wax/polish the floors.
Clear the countertops.
Clean appliances and fixtures.
Clean and organise the pantry, cabinets and drawers.
Remove stains from sinks, toilets and bathtubs.
Keep all toilet seat lids closed.
Hang fresh towels.
6. Appeal to the Senses
Bake cookies or burn scented candles.
Offer light refreshments.
Turn on all the lights.
Open windows to let in fresh air.
Open curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off views.
Turn off TVs.
Relocate pets on the day of the open house.
Refrain from smoking in the home.
7. Show Off Your Home’s Best Features
Remove rugs to show off hardwood floors.
Pull back drapes/open blinds to showcase nice views.
Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants to create that welcoming feel.
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