Preparing your home for a summer sale

If you’re thinking of selling your home, summer is the perfect time to do so. Australia’s long, light-filled summer days will allow you to show off your home’s best features.

Of course, if you want to give yourself every chance for a successful sale, there are a few other steps you should follow as well, including:

Step 1: Make first impressions count

Keep in mind, your home will not be the only one prospective buyers view before making their decision. The first thing they lay their eyes on is likely what they will remember when they walk away from your open house.

Step 2: Keep outside areas in top shape

If your home has a garden, make sure you tend to it. Mow your lawns, trim any unruly trees or hedges and make sure you pull out weeds from your flower beds. Fill in any sparse garden with affordable native plants and keep your flower beds mulched and hydrated.

You should also consider hiring a high pressure hose and giving patios, driveways, balconies, and outdoor entertainment areas a clean.

If your outdoor area includes a deck, give it a good scrub down and a polish if necessary. And if you have a pool, make sure it’s clean and inviting.

Step 3: Focus on the inside

Before inspection day, make sure you have thoroughly cleaned all rooms in your home. Vacuum, mop and polish all wooden floors and shampoo carpets and rugs. Dust and wipe down all surfaces, clean your curtains and blinds and make sure living areas smell fresh and inviting.

If needed, sugar soap and/or paint any walls that need extra TLC.

In the week leading up to inspections, pick a room at a time and declutter, tidy and remove any personal items from display. Prospective buyers need to imagine themselves living in the home and removing any personal items of yours will help them to do just that.

Step 4: Repair everything

Address those issues you’ve been ignoring for a while such as that blown light bulbs, leaky taps or cracked skirting boards. The key here is to look at your home with a critical eye. This might be a good time to ask that detail-oriented friend to come over and point out things you could’ve missed.

Step 5: Keep it bright and light

On the day of inspection, open all blinds and windows to let as much light into your home as possible. If you live in a small home, light will open up the space. If weather permits, you should also open the doors to let the breeze run through the home. If you can, try to schedule your home inspections early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat. A fresh bunch of flowers and a scented candle with a neutral scent is a nice touch. If your budget permits, hiring an expert to stage your home could give you the edge on your competition. While they don’t come cheap, these professionals know exactly how to make the most of a space.

Step 6: Engage your broker

Selling your home can be a stressful experience but it shouldn’t have to be. Regardless of whether you plan to buy another property before you've sold your current home, or are looking to use the proceeds of your sale to fund your next investment purchase, your local mortgage broker can help you with all your finance needs.

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