Spring is here and the market is heating up along with the weather. If you would like to prepare your house for sale this Spring, I have 5 helpful hints for you to prepare your property so it’s a breeze to list when it comes time to market your property.
1. Clear out all clutter and remove items
The Marie Kondo Method encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, miscellaneous items and then, finally sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.
There are some great second hand stores around Brisbane that take clothes, shoes, books, kitchen items and various bric-a-brac. If you have any larger items like furniture you can contact the Salvos on 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) and they can come and collect it.
2. CLEAN - PAYING ATTENTION TO SMALL DETAILS
Do a ceiling to floor clean of your property including, fan/light fixtures, walls, windows, and floors (carpets & curtains/soft furnishings). If you are time poor, you may choose to use a qualified professional cleaner. Here are some that we can recommend:
Harveys Home Services - Ph: 0450 645 884
Frontier Property Services - Ph: 0412 193 403
3. REPAIR ANY PROBLEMS
This step will help you to identify any issues that may arise during the sales process. Things like plumbing leaks, rodents or pests, mould or electrical issues can delay settlement and are better dealt with beforehand. This is the perfect time to complete any outstanding maintenance or repairs that you may have. Small touches like a new coat of polish on polished wooden floorboards will make them shine!
4. FRESHEN UP
Freshening up your property for Spring, by replacing light fixtures, bathroom mirrors, taps, shower heads and cabinet hardware can all be replaced for very little money and make a huge difference in terms of visual appeal. For the exterior of your property, cleaning pavers, planting some colour, replacing mulch or spreading fertiliser on the lawn can enhance the street appeal of your property. The entrance is buyers first impression of the property, so ensure the front entry way is easily accessible, safe, warm and welcoming and if you want to stand out then perhaps consider painting the front door a bright colour.
5. MAKE THE HOME WELCOMING
An important part of showing your home is staging. You can stage your property yourself or you can engage professionals, it is completely up to you. Decluttering your home maximizes the feeling of space and bringing light into the property is one way to do this. Do not underestimate the effect of a nice scented candle or some freshly baked goods on the senses of prospective buyers.
The final and probably the most important step to sell your home in Spring is to engage a Real Estate Agent that you trust to advise you on what your property is worth. If you would like any more information about selling, or to get a free market appraisal, please feel free to contact me on 0414 520 853 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Pack is a Real Estate Agent in Tarragindi who gives her time to the community and helps people sell, buy and lease their homes.