Seven Things To Do Before Selling Your Home

Tips for your Open Home

The process of selling your home and moving to a new one can be chaotic, but you can streamline the process and minimise your stress by being organised.

Here are seven steps to help put your best foot forward to attract buyers and secure a sale with minimal stress. Look with eyes wide open and begin assessing your home objectively.


  1. Deodorise your home

Homeowners get used to the smell in their own home, often to the point that they become impervious to distinct smells. 

Eliminate stuffy air by airing out your house, and get rid of cat litter, dog beds or other things that may contain pet smells.

Check for moulds.  You can eliminate the moulds and the aroma that goes with it by spraying it with vinegar, and scrubbing the area with hot water and bicarbonate of soda. Then let it dry or call in the professionals.

Cooking smells in your kitchen can be offensive to some buyers. Eliminate the smell by cleaning the stove and oven, and around the rangehood with hot soapy water.

But first, make sure the garbage bins around the house are empty and clean.


  1. Throw away junk

You can accumulate lots of useless junk if you have plenty of storage like the shed or space under the house. Buyers may worry that all the junk will be left behind for them to deal with, and this could turn them off.  Likewise, once they see the junk, it can be a reminder of the junk they have and how they may not fit into your home.  Best policy here is, out of sight out of mind.


  1. Identify items that you will offer 

Can you or can you not take with you the statue, pot plant or chandelier? The answer is: any item attached must stay behind and any item that is portable can be removed.

If you wish to keep a particular item in your home, make sure to include in the contract that the item is not part of the offering.


  1. Remove anything personal and private

You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. However, having family photos displayed on mantles, dressing tables and walls makes them feel like you are marking territory. They often spend so much time looking at the photos that they forget to look at the house.  Store your photos during the sale campaign and make sure the artworks are neutral to appeal to a wider range of buyers.


  1. Let the sunshine in

Buyers love light and airy living rooms, but dark and dingy isn’t on their list. Open up your window shades to let some light in. Cheat some sunshine with light-coloured paint and some artificial lighting. Lamps are wonderful for dark corners. Lastly, arrange the space with lightly coloured furniture, and you’ll have a living room that brightens your chances of a sale.


  1. Conceal the flaws

All houses have flaws, so why bring them to the attention of prospective buyers?

You don’t have anywhere to hide the vacuum cleaners? Put it in the car for the meantime. Not enough kitchen counter space? Hide the kettle, microwave, or toaster to create an illusion of ample space. Tiny rooms? Get rid of large furniture and substitute it with smaller pieces.


  1. Get rid of pests

One of the major turnoffs for buyers is the presence of creepy crawlies like ants and cockroaches in a property. Luckily, these issues can be dealt with easily.

Remove any signs of pests, including cob webs or rat droppings, and tidy the inside and outside of kitchen cupboards. If the pests are still there, you may need to use bug spray, set traps or even use poison, or better still call a pest controller. Make sure your house is free of pests and all set to capture the attention of the next potential buyer.

There are many more tips we can provide to you, in fact 120 altogether, so call us today to book your free appraisal and e-book.