As a property owner, the decision to put such a major asset on the market is never one taken lightly, and every owner wants to get the best possible price. A good first impression is critical to attracting potential buyers, so the property should be in the best possible condition before placing it on the market.
Keep it Tidy for Inspections
Some vendors find it difficult to accept that once they have listed their property with a real estate agency, in some respects it ceases to be a home. For owner-occupiers who are naturally, tidy this is not a problem, but for those who dislike regular housekeeping, bringing the property up to inspection standard and keeping it there while living in it will be a challenge.
However, we have a few suggestions that will help you bring out the best in your property. Our agents at Bunbury Real Estate have years of experience at assisting clients who are serious about selling but need an unbiased opinion about what constitutes good presentation.
A Good First Impression Will Draw Buyers Inside
We have already mentioned first impressions, and we cannot emphasise enough how important this is. If the outside of the property is dirty and untidy, with a yard that needs mowing, overgrown gardens, exterior walls and windows that need washing, most buyers will not get out of their vehicle.
Splash Some Paint Around and Save
Out-dated paint colours and old-fashioned décor is another area that can be improved without a large monetary outlay. We believe that a coat of paint is the cheapest way to give a property an instant facelift. Owners can do this on their own and save most of their presentation budget for big ticket items such as the kitchen and bathrooms.
Concentrate on Kitchens and Bathrooms
These are the most important rooms that buyers will scrutinise. New bench tops and splashbacks in the kitchen will improve the whole area without going to the expense of new cabinetry. Spraying the tiles in the bathroom and replacing the vanity unit and tapware will achieve a similar result at a fraction of the cost of new tiling.
Clean Floor Coverings and Sparkling Windows are Inviting
If the floor coverings are in good condition, carpets should be professionally cleaned, and the others steam cleaned and polished if necessary. Window dressings are the next critical area. Faded and shabby curtains should be replaced with modern blinds, leaving the decision about replacement curtains to the new owners.
Think About the Buyer
Our agents will make other suggestions depending on the individual property, but the overall goal is to present a property that new owners can move into immediately without major cleaning. If you can present your property in this manner and price it to meet the market, it should sell within a reasonable timeframe.