You have a house that has the required number of bedrooms, good sized living space, a great yard and you are not too far from the amenities that agents rave about. You feel confident your house is worth the amount you have in your head and its time to meet the agents.
Well no matter where you live or what you live in there are essential and desired criterion for all properties. In fact, the following list will add an easy $10,000 to your bottom line -straight from the mouths of buyers!
Declutter – start with an exit strategy and
have throw out, keep, and donate boxes
ready. Consider available storage –
how you can best use what you already
have and whether you need extra.
Deep clean – focus on the rooms that
potential buyers are most interested in
– living room, dining room, kitchen and
bathrooms. Clean away mould and mildew are
especially problematic. Prospective
homebuyers are sensitive about its
presence. Don’t forget to wash the windows, dust
thoroughly and vacuum regularly. If repainting is
not in the budget, carefully clean surfaces to
remove dust, grime and fingerprints.
Carpets – for uplift use rugs. If your carpets
have seen better days but your budget
won’t stretch over lay with rugs. Use the
prominent colour of the room to give it that
Bold curtains need to go during your
campaign. Some décor elements are always popular
and some always unpopular – bold curtains are a no no.
Neutralise colours – and make everyone
happy. No matter what colour shade you choose buyers
comment either positively or negatively. Neutral colours never
draw complaints -so, mute your shade.
Lighting – remove frosted globs to cool white clear globs
and above 80watt lights if possible. This
makes a remarkable
difference to the feel and buyers react very strongly to lighting.
Smell – it’s our oldest sense and where we derive memories from.
You never forget a house that smells bad! Invest in quality
air diffusers they are always positively received.
Choose fresh fragrances like lemon grass, citrus and nature scents.
Grout and grout products – one of the best
hacks ever. Go into your local Bunnings and
look at the great do it yourself grout products
available. You will have your
bathrooms looking fresh and buyers will not
ask about leaks and mould – often incorrectly
lined to old grout.
Garden– the first and last impression. Get rid of
all weeds, cut the grass, define garden beds,
use gravel or other topical covers for ugly
driveways and place potted flowers for colour.
All cheap and quick with super impact. Indoor
plants also make big impact -plus you take those
Making $10,000 is easy when you know what is valuable. Know what buyers want then surpass their expectations and in 10 days you can reflect on the improvements and realise you’ve made more than $10,000!