Increase the odds of selling your house
21st January 2017
Have you wondered about what changes you should make to increase the odds of selling your house? Perhaps you’ve taken advantage of this time of year to put your own home on the market? These factors combine to make it conducive to attracting people looking to buy.
Contrary to popular opinion, as long as your home is in good condition, you don’t have to spend a great deal of money to spruce it up to the level where you can expect a great price.
However there are a few smart ideas that can be done either by yourself, or with the help of a professional, experienced tradesperson, that will not only help you sell your home but also get a higher price than you may have expected.
There are a few pointers to spruce up your property to boost your chances of getting the right price when you sell.
What to do to increase your odds of selling?
Make your home stand out
You want your property to look special, be distinctive and differentiate itself from your neighbours. It should shine, have character and be the house in your street with fresh appeal that really draws attention for potential buyers. Your house should attract visitors’ eyes before they even enter the front gate.
The first impression your house and yard make are all important. Most people make decisions on what they see at first sight. It can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to shift a bad first impression. Walk through your house and gardens and imagine how you would if you were a potential buyer. What would be your first impressions?
Sounds obvious doesn’t it but so many people don’t do this. Get a tradie in to tidy up the lawn, the garden and around the house to get your property looking spick and span. From the front gate, to the front yard, to cleaning your roof and gutters and maintaining the lawn, even a little effort in presentation will go a long way to getting the right price for your property. Getting a new paint job done professionally both inside and outside is a proven way to really lift your property. Do your fences need work? You may wish to think of painting or staining, or even replacement if needed as these form an important part of any visitor’s first impression.
Lighten up your home –
Prospective buyers like a home that is well-lit. It will give the place a clean, fresh look that invites interest and optimism. Try and get as much natural light through the house as possible. This may mean getting a tradie to put in a sky light. It may also mean clearing away foliage from feature windows, allowing sun to penetrate. You will be amazed at the difference this can make! Also consider the lighting for outdoor areas and check whether all spaces of the house are well lit.
However it’s important not to spend all of your money changing everything about the place. The cost will need to be added onto the price of the place and may therefore make it unaffordable for some prospective buyers. Indeed many people buying a house prefer a “clean slate” from which to work, to project their own ideas about renovation work. Work out which renovations are necessary to bring your home up to scratch and which can be left for the owners to put their own stamp and style.
While tidying up projects can be done by you and your family, always get and experienced, professional to carry out the renovation work. A professional job will make all the difference when prospective buyers look over your house. From repairing the garden, to cleaning, replacing gutters and roofs, to fences, carports and other repairs, a professional job will add to the good first impression that your house will make to visitors and help you reach the asking price you want.
Credit Rich Bowden – Chief copy writer
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