NNW Property can help you sell your home quickly for the best possible price. Here are some tips that have proven to be invaluable to the successful home seller. Looking to sell? Ask for an obligation free appraisal.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE LASTING
From the moment prospects arrive at your home, it should be evident that the gardens and lawns are well presented. Garden rubbish should be disposed of and paths and porches kept clear of debris. Toys, sporting equipment and garden tools should be stored away to enhance the appearance of your backyard and garden.
A TIDY HOME ENSURES AN OPEN FOR INSPECTION IS WELCOMING
Your home should be kept neat and tidy during the period of inspections. The home should create an inviting atmosphere by ensuring the arrangement of furniture is in a comfortable position. Utilise fresh flowers, indoor plants or paintings as they always brighten up a home.
REPAIRS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Repairs Can Make A Big Difference Make sure that all minor repairs are completed. Sticking doors and windows, loose doorknobs, faulty plumbing, peeling paint or faulty flywire may affect your sale.
LET THE SUN SHINE IN
It is imperative to let plenty of light into your home. Nothing improves atmosphere more than brightness. On a dull day it is advisable to switch lights on prior to the arrival of prospective purchasers.
MAKE THEM COMFORTABLE
A warm, comfortably heated home on cold days adds a feeling of cosiness. On a hot day don't forget to turn on the air conditioning or fan (or simply let the breeze flow through).
OPEN FOR INSPECTION: THREE IS A CROWD
Avoid having too many people present during inspections. NNW Property agents are familiar with and understand the buyer requirements and can therefore better emphasise the features of your home in line with buyer needs and priorities.
MUSIC IN THE AIR AND PETS UNDERFOOT
As a general rule, it is advisable to turn off the radio and television during an inspection (as they can be distracting). If you have pets, it is advisable to keep them out of the house. Let the NNW Property agent and potential buyer talk, free of disturbances.
LIGHT SELLS HOUSES
Good natural light is one of a property’s main assets. But many home owners don’t have windows facing the ideal aspect and others are overshadowed by another building. What can they do to improve the way their home looks to potential buyers?
Colour is one of the obvious ways of making a house look lighter. While white or off-white are safe, yellow is cheerful and mood-improving. If you have dark walls and don’t want to have to use two or three layers of colour-blocking primer to make way for a lighter colour when painting, you can always paint the wall a lighter version of the old colour – sky blue instead of dark blue, pink instead of burgundy.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER:
If you are changing your floor coverings, instead of re-carpeting, use glossy honey-coloured timber or bamboo because it reflects light.
What about using a brighter light globe? Or diffused lighting? If you have a dark corner, use multiple lights pointed towards the ceiling and walls. This reflected light provides a soft overhead glow which minimises harsh shadows.
Are windows more covered than they need to be? Could you cut back plants to let in more light? Could you open the curtains more?
Use bright textiles – curtains, cushions, throws.
Make sure your furniture is light in colour. Timber should be blond, not dark. Dark colours will absorb any light coming into the room and make it dark. Are your windows clean?
Mirrors placed where they will reflect light from windows will make a room look bigger and lighter.
Look for finishes and surfaces which glow or which have a dull sheen. Use semi-gloss finishes on trims and a satin finish on walls as these will reflect light and increase it.
Use metal frames for paintings, mirrors, furniture and accessories.
Paint the ceiling even lighter than the walls. Either use the same colour as the trim – in matte not semi-gloss – or go one or two shades lighter than the walls. This also makes a room look bigger.
When you are purchasing or borrowing lights, get floor lamps that will cast the light up to the ceiling and will not only reflect off the pale colour but will draw the eye up and give an impression of vastness.