If you’re thinking of selling your home, now could be a good time to consider how you will achieve the maximum market value. Whatever your reason for moving, you want to be sure that you get a very good price for your home. All neighbourhoods have a ceiling price for the properties on the block. And there are a few clever tips and tricks to make sure your house reaches that asking price.
Start by taking a photo of the outside of your home. You can then mark up the areas where things could do with a little improvement. You may also want to take a closer look at some of the details. Video the walk up your driveway or path to the front door. When you play it back, see what other things you notice that could be better. Make a list of the tasks that need doing.
Some of the things we don’t always notice can include weathered roofing or broken guttering. If you think the roof may be damaged, it’s important to get the roofing company to come out and check it before you put the house on the market. You want the write-up for your house to include the words ‘immaculately presented’ or ‘stylish facade’. That, coupled with a photo of the exterior, will be the first impression potential buyers have of your home.
If your property is a family home, you may want to consider landscaping the back garden to make it more child and pet-friendly. If you want the property to appear spacious, why not repurpose the garage? An extra playroom, den, or man-cave can make any property more attractive. It’s important not to let it appear to be full of old junk. Prospective buyers want to see each space presented for a purpose. They want to see the lifestyle they could live if they buy your house.
Once the outside is tidied and repaired, you can focus on the presentation detail of the interior. Use a storage facility if there is a lot of clutter. Clearing everything out to sell your property may seem a little extreme. But you have to pack it all up to move out anyway. Present each room for its purpose. The dining room should have a table and chairs. You can even dress the table ready for a meal. And spare bedrooms should still have a usable bed in it!
The walls should look clean and freshly painted. And the flooring should be in good condition too. While it may be possible to hide any problem areas, be aware that serious prospective buyers will make checks! If your kitchen is showing a few signs of wear and tear, consider replacing it. If this goes beyond your budget, you can replace the worktop and cupboard doors. Sometimes painting the doors and replacing the handles can be enough.
It can be hard work to create a show house of your home. But it could make your property more attractive and appealing to prospective buyers. This can allow you to push the asking price up. Your property agent should also be able to help your find ways to maximise your home’s value.
May 19, 2016
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