Realtor Series: Getting your house ready for sale (Part 2)

15 October 2012 | Selling your home

Last week we kicked off our new realtor series with part 1 – getting your house ready for sale. This week we will be adding 3 more steps to this process.

Beginning with step four, and it time to remove your favourite items from your home. This is absolutely an essential step, especially if you have any family heirlooms or favourite furnishings, appliances and covering that you want to take with you to your next home. Some buyers will speculate that they want the house “as is”,so the last thing you want is to get caught in a contract that accidentally includes the 18th century family clock still hanging in the living room!

Step five, and it’s time to start making some minor repairs.  Not only will this make the house more aesthetically pleasing, but will also not allow a potential buyer to try and bargain you down on price due to any damage that could have been easily fixed by you.

We have come up with a list of some of the things you can check over in your home:

  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs
  • Patch up any existing holes in walls
  • Fix and lubricate any doors and drawers that jam or squeak when being opened and closed
  • If you have some outlandish colours in the home (that you know aren’t a feature) consider repainting these in neutral tones
  • Fix anything that’s leaking! Faucets, drains you name it!
  • Replace any tiles that have been chipped or cracked.

Step six is renting a storage unit. It is good to note, that almost every home will show better with less furniture inside, as it allows the space to look bigger and the buyer to imagine their purchase further. This step is obviously completely at your discretion, as you may have amble storage space elsewhere that you can start storing furniture or personal items in.

This now brings us to a close of today’s post, but please join with us next week as we deliver the final steps to getting your house ready for sale.

In the meantime, if you have any home renovation needs aimed to add value to your home, come visit our website at www.andersens.com.au or play with our interior designing tool iDesign – where for the next two months you can win a $100 Hire A Hubby handyman gift voucher!  This could definitely come in handy if you’re onto step five above!  See you next week.

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