Are you looking to sell your home quickly so that you can relocate? Perhaps you need a bigger home to accommodate a growing family or maybe you are downsizing because the kids have all grown up and moved on to families of their own. For whatever reason, you want a quick sale. Here are some key tips for getting your home to move quickly in today’s market.
1. Kerb Appeal a Priority
No matter what else you do, or don’t do, to get your home ready to be shown, the one thing you must do is pay special attention to kerb appeal. It doesn’t matter if it’s a picture of your home you are showing or when prospective buyers do a ‘drive-by’ to get a quick look at the home and neighbourhood, first impressions matter more than you can imagine. It doesn’t mean you need to go out and spend a small fortune on landscaping, but it does mean that you should have the lawn mowed nicely and that all walks and driveways are cleared of debris and swept. Landscaping is a huge plus, but a neat and tidy lawn indicates that you took care of the property and that’s what a buyer wants to know.
2. Ensure All Plumbing in Good Working Order
One of the first things you will notice prospective buyers do when viewing a new home is walk over to toilets, tubs and sinks. They will look at the basins to see that there is no orange discolouration from dripping taps, and they will look under sinks in cabinets to see if there is evidence of leaky pipes. If your faucets and showerheads are old, it pays to replace them. You can have a professional service do this for you. For instance in Perth, there’s Pascoe’s who can service any plumbing need so that you needn’t worry about losing a sale to a leaky tap or a toilet that isn’t seated correctly. Believe it or not, some people will ask to use the facilities just to see if that toilet rocks!
3. Clean and Repair Gutters as Needed
You will want to have your roof inspected to ensure there are no missing shingles or tiles and at the same time, have the roofer clean your gutters while repairing any damage. Most people know that broken gutters can result in water getting into the walls of your home, which will then cause structural damage over time. Timbers will mildew and mould and with such great health concerns over black mould, that is not something you want a prospective buyer worrying over.
4. When to Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
While some realtors will advise you to put a fresh coat of paint on your entire home, it isn’t absolutely necessary. Usually, it’s only the kitchen and bathrooms which may need that fresh coat of paint with an underlayer of mould deterrent. Bear in mind that bathrooms see more than their fair share of hot, moist air whilst kitchens are subjected to all kinds of grease from cooking. If you want your kitchen to be as attractive as possible, make sure that the walls are not yellow and brown from a build-up of grease.
5. Keep Clutter and Personal Items to a Minimum
Nothing makes a home appear smaller than it is than clutter. Take that extra time needed to go through your home and rid it of any built-up clutter. From magazines and books lying about on end tables to odds and ends you simply never got around to finding a home for, all that can work against you when showing your home. When it comes to personal items, not only do they add to the clutter, but a prospective buyer will have a difficult time imagining making your home their own if your pictures and mementos are scattered about and filling up wall space. If you have any hope of selling your home, it is in your best interest to leave it in a state where a visitor can imagine what it would be like if it were theirs. This may be one of the hardest things to accomplish if you are still living in the home, but it’s something which must be done.
So, there you have five key tips for getting your Perth home ready for a quick sale. Whether you are being relocated for your job or simply need a larger or smaller home, you don’t want it to be held on the market indefinitely. This can also work against you! Buyers will wonder what’s wrong that it didn’t sell faster, especially if you’ve already priced it a bit lower to accomplish that quick sale. Just remember, people do tend to judge a book by its cover, so keep the grounds up nicely and remember that any sign of wear and tear can work against you. Once everything is clean and in good working order, you will be positioned to move your property quickly.