• Gina Wells, Raine & Horne, Burpengary

Preparing My Home for a Spring Sale


Displaying your home in its finest light can attract more potential buyers this spring, and better still it won’t cost you a small fortune.

The first thing to do is write a list and tick off things as you go. Sparkle up the interior, paying attention to the kitchen, bathroom/s and lounge room, ensuring surfaces are free of dust and mould.

Create a sense of space in your home by removing non-essential items, such as portable heaters and fans, children’s toys, photo frames and other personal effects. Clutter is a significant turn-off for many buyers, so, any time you spend decluttering your property will be certain to pay handsome dividends.

Showing a home that is in in apple-pie order will impress buyers. Whether it’s a wobbly door handle or a fractured tile, get it repaired. Also, never underestimate the magic powers of a fresh coat of paint applied to your front door, fences and gates, while it can pay to recoat your interiors with light, neutral colours.

If you have a flower garden, be sure to cut back dead branches and unkempt shrubs, and rake up any leaves and tree branches in the yard. Likewise, strategically placed pot plants, hanging baskets and bushes can create an attractive environment, and help take the focus away from less attractive features.

For vendors with moggies and pooches, consider eliminating pet smells, which will deter some buyers. If your four-legged friends have been living indoors, eliminating their lingering scents will generally involve a thorough clean. This might mean paying a few hundred dollars for the services of a professional to clean the carpets and soft furnishings, but it will be money well-spent. Boarding your pets with a helpful friend or family member is usually a sensible move, as it will guarantee your home appeals to as many buyers as possible during the sales campaign.

Not everyone’s decoration tastes are the same. It’s often safer to assume a more neutral decoration style for your home.

When you are finished ask a friend to inspect your home for some feedback.

These simple steps won’t cost an arm and a leg and you can easily do them yourself.


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