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Tips on preparing your home for sale

When selling your home, first impressions count. Investing a little bit of time and energy into ensuring your property is presented in the best light can go a long way. Here are some tips to prepare your home for a successful sale.

Tidying up the front garden by cutting down overgrown plants and trees and keeping the lawn neat.

Cleaning out garages and sheds to make them look more spacious.

Fixing little defects such as dripping taps or broken gates, and ensuring any fencing or other outside areas do not need to be re-painted.

Wash down and clean external walls, gutters and any outdoor furniture.

Update the garden by simply adding some mulch and / or planting colourful flowers. Both of these inexpensive methods will instantly improve the appearance of your garden.

A few pots with flowers at the front door and out the back door or courtyard always look nice and are great in photos as well as making people feel positive about the place.

If the walls are really scuffed and marked you may consider putting a fresh coat of paint on the effected walls.  When choosing a paint colour make sure it is ideally fairly neutral.  Steer away from pale blues and apricots (some “whites” have these undertones) and if you have feature walls latte colours in general are a fairly safe option.

Eliminate any unnecessary clutter to make the rooms more spacious. This may include removing extra furniture which is overcrowding the rooms.

Clean carpets or wash curtains to remove any lingering odours and to breathe new life into tired furnishings.

Ensure your home smells nice.  Every home has a “smell” whether it’s from pets, kids or cooking.  Oil burners, scented candles and fragrance diffusers are all good options to create a positive experience when people walk in.

Consider updating cushions and rugs etc to add a fresh feel to the property.