You want to ensure you get top dollar for your property, so the trick is to add the greatest perceived value without breaking the bank. If you’re thinking of selling your home this spring - presentation is key - so here are 10 fundamental tips from Cherie Barber, founder of Renovating for Profit.
1. Clean and declutter
Maintaining a good first impression is vital. To do this, make sure that the property is clean of rubbish and leaves, even revitalising grassy areas and paths.
2. Repair and restore
To improve the overall appeal of the property, time and money should be invested in repairs and minor improvements such as new paint or improving the front entry.
3. Add a modular deck
If you’re a handy DIY’er and have the space to add a deck down the side or out the back, it can be a quick weekend project.
4. Create indoor/outdoor flow
Open-plan indoor spaces that effortlessly flow outdoors are ideal, creating an inviting atmosphere.
5. Break out the paint
Neutral colours with accessories for colour highlights can help liven up a dated interior.
6. Spruce up the kitchen and bathroom
Every agent will tell you there are the two rooms that will sell a property. New paint and resurfacing can deliver overnight transformation, particularly if you don’t have the time or finances for a full renovation.
7. Maximise natural light
No one likes living in darkness or having to leave the lights on during the day. Using mirrors, trimming branches and changing window dressings are all ways to increase the amount of natural light into the interior.
8. Improve the overall lighting
Artificial lighting can greatly influence the mood and tone of the room. Smart feature lighting and practical lighting in places like kitchens and bathrooms can really add a wow factor to the overall property.
9. Tackle the floors
A dated or unclean floor can really let the whole place down. Steam cleaning carpets and industrial cleaning tiles are all necessary minimums that have to be considered.
10. The eyes have it
Finally, imagine you are seeing your own property for the first time. Invite a friend for a second opinion and be sure to pay attention to minor details like straightening cushions, packing away personalised items and making sure that every surface is clear of clutter.