Prepare your home for sale

Spring is the time of year when property buyers come out of hibernation and start hitting the pavement in search of their new home.

While the warmer weather tends to bring out the buyers (which is great news for those selling their home), it also tends to bring out the sellers. According to data from CoreLogic, every spring there is an influx of ‘listed’ properties – which makes for tougher competition between vendors.

If you’re considering selling your home in the coming months, it’s worth getting your home into sale shape now to ensure it stands out from the crowd once it’s listed for sale.

So, what are some of the simple steps you can take to ensure your home is sale ready without spending a fortune?

One of the first (and most important) things you can do is to give your place a proper airing. Coming out of the winter months, it’s fair to assume you wouldn’t have your windows and doors opened a huge amount. As such, your house can smell stuffy, which can make it feel smaller than it really is. And, there's nothing like a stale smell to put a prospective buyer off purchasing your home.

To get rid of the stuffiness, open your windows and doors and give your home a thorough spring clean. This will help air out your home and leave it smelling fresh.

It also doesn’t hurt to give the exterior or façade of your home a little ‘TLC’. Simply tidying and fertilising the front garden, cleaning the footpath or even giving the front of your house a fresh lick of paint can go a long way to helping your home stand out from the competition.

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home, especially when you take into account the vast number of properties that are listed for sale this time of year. So while these suggestions might sound straightforward, their impact could be tremendous where the sale of your home is concerned.


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