Start with the front door, porch and walkway. Powerwash the driveway, paths, decking and if necessary the house, by removing any spider webs, dirt and grime on spouting. Clear gutters and wipe down window and door frames.
Edge the lawn, pull weeds and put out fresh mulch in flowerbeds. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door. Remove, repaint and replace house numbers.....its also worth checking your letterbox - sturdy, clean and tidy (remove junk mail)
Ensure the deck, patios and verandahs are used to full potential and display a few nice potted plants, get your outdoor furniture out of storage and display neatly, along with the bbq. Nowadays, people are looking for that all important indoor/outdoor flow....... a nice touch during your open homes (if weather permits) would be to leave a premium magazine open upside down and pair of reading or sunglasses or a coffee pot and mugs.......as if you've just left the comfort of your home!
Once inside, replace, if necessary the front door mat. Remove and clean all covers on lighting fixtures. Replace any old light bulbs . Wipe down all light switchplates (you'll be shocked when you see how much grime builds up on these!)
Clean the inside and outside of all windows until they are streak free and spotless. Homes show better with the blinds or curtains up but not if the windows are dirty. Its amazing how much grime builds up inside window frames, an old toothbrush is always handy to remove this.
De-Clutter - Remove any unneeded furniture, homes show better if they are not crowded. Remember there will be 2-4 people walking through each room together when viewing your home. Box up collectibles and photos. There should be no more than 1-3 items on any surface (ie. tables, mantels, shelves, walls etc)
Dust all skirting boards, door frames and pictures frames. It is amazing how much dust gets in all of the little grooves.
Have your home carpets professionally cleaned, wash and hoover floors.
OK, here's more fun stuff....... remove everything from Kitchen surfaces and clean them well. Then check all of the grime around sinks, taps, plug holes and tubs. This is one of the areas that is most overlooked and can make the biggest impact on a buyers feeling about the house. Same thing for any tiled areas, especially in the bathroom, unfortunately buyers don't really notice when this is done, but, believe me they notice if it is not!
Go through one cupboard each day. Get rid of things you do not need and put everything else back in a nice orderly fashion.
Use fresh bedding/linen and match duvet, pillow cases and a simple throw to add seasonal colour to the room.
If you can purchase a set of new towels for the bathrooms, that would be great..... and just bring out for private viewings and open homes!! Another handy hint : keep a squeegy in the bathroom and ask the family to wipe down inside the shower after every use.......its amazing how much cleaner this keeps the shower glass, walls and tiles, in-between cleans and helps reduce build up of grime, streaks and keeps the glass clear! Believe me....it’s not a chore.......the kids love it!
Paint is the least expensive way to give your home a fresh look. Touch up walls and if you have rooms with paint that is rather unusual or looks very tired go ahead and repaint. At least make sure that the paint in the entry, living room and kitchen looks good. This is time and money well spent.
Install 2-3 plug in air fresheners (on low..... we don't want an over-powering perfume that makes buyers assume you are trying to cover something up!). During open homes, please remember to empty in-house dustbins.
If you have pets, try and keep toys and bedding to a minimum, clean all hair and deodorise.......oh and don't forget to remove the poops from the garden before yo u leave! (not all buyers are pet lovers)
During the open home, its nice to have some background music playing, if its seems chilly then some heating on.......I can switch these off as I depart with instruction. If you do have pets, it would be wise to take them with you.......
I trust you find these tips useful in preparation in selling; they require almost no money just a weekend or two of your time but can help save you weeks on the market. A spotless house can make a buyer feel like the home has been well cared for and enhance emotional appeal to make an offer.
It's all about team work and if you need assistance with gardening, a spot of painting or the gutters cleaning, maybe you have a couple of maintenance issues that need attending to.......then I have the contacts........my commitment starts right from those preparation days so that we are ready to sell your property for the highest possible price, in the shortest time, with the least inconvenience to you! Give me a call, I would be happy to pop by and offer my advice.
The only clutter we want to see during the open homes
are the countless shoes at the doorstep from potential purchasers!
Contact Andy Cooling 04 233 2806 or 0800 468738 for a comprehensive appraisal on your home