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Preparing your property for sale

Posted by Vicky Edema on 16 March 2015

First Home Buyer, Home Loans, Interest Rates, Investor, Self Managed Super Funds
Preparing your property for sale

Before you sell, your Estate Agent will advise you on the best way to present your property. If you’re selling a ‘renovator’s delight’ then the strategy will be different from someone selling a ‘modern, functional family home’, but here’s a general checklist of things to consider.

First impressions count
Cut the lawn, prune the trees, trim the hedges and cultivate the garden so it looks its best. Touch up chipped paint on the outside of the house and on the fence. Make sure gates and garage doors are functioning well. Clean gutters and driveways too.

Ensuring that the outside looks neat and tidy will guarantee that those potential buyers driving past, will stop for a look inside. If  you have decks outdoor spaces that are ideal for entertaining, then these are areas you should to ‘dress up’ to look their best. Your agent will guide you.

Ensure the home’s entrance is welcoming. Replace your old worn out mat. Potted plants can look attractive near the door too, so long as they are well placed and can’t be tripped over.


Less is always more. If it’s not essential, then pack it away and adopt a minimalist approach. A few well-placed pieces of furniture are better than a house full of tired old bits and bobs. It is well worth considering the services of a stylist because what you spend getting professional interior design advice can reap thousands of dollars in return on Auction day.


Ditch those family photos. Ditto the kids artwork on the fridge, the footie trophies on the mantle and the trashy mags piling up on your coffee table.  You want buyers to mentally ‘put themselves into your home’ so the idea is to create an atmosphere that’s pleasant, but neutral.

Clean up

Unless the home is only fit for demolition, then make an effort and ensure that it’s clean and tidy. Making the beds, taking laundry off the line, doing the washing up and putting away the dishes will all be worth it.

 Room by room

The heart of the home is the kitchen so make sure it’s sparking clean – you want it to look spacious, hygienic and welcoming. Fresh fruit or flowers are often a good accessory.


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