Preparing Your Home for Sale - Tips From The Experts

If you’ve made the decision to put your house on the market or are thinking about doing it in the future (or you’re just wanting to give your home a bit of a makeover!), preparing your home before it’s listed for sale is so important. Before you get out the elbow grease, there are some simple steps that you can take to make sure you get the best possible sale price for your home. We reached out to an expert in the field, Corinne Sukroo from Bell Real Estate, who has shared some insider tips to get your house market ready.

Q: When it comes to preparing a home for sale, where should home owners start?


A regular conversation we have with potential vendors is the fact they will need to provide vacant possession when they sell, so why not clear it out now? Moving costs are best reduced so better to remove the clutter pre-sale . We suggest having 3 boxes in the middle of the room - throw out, keep or donate!


Q: What is the easiest way to add value to a home?

A: A fresh coat of paint is one of the cheapest methods of improving the value of the home. Selecting the correct colour to form a neutral scheme will appeal to more purchasers as it provides flexibility to work in with their furniture. Certainly detailing and cleaning both inside and out in preparation for inspections is imperative!


Q: Is it a good idea to renovate before putting your home on the market?

A: Many clients ask the question and certainly if you’re prepared to undertake the work it is a great way of improving the value of a property. The secret is not to add too much of a personal touch that may reduce the buyer pool! Your market becomes a buyer that wants nothing more to do except move in and enjoy. And most buyers are usually happy to pay a higher price for this convenience.


Q: What are some simple changes homeowners can make to improve their street appeal?

A: Natural bush mulch (not red tan bark!!!) and define garden beds, weed and hedge plants to frame the home. Ensure the paintwork is in good order, possibly update to a more “on trend” colour scheme.


Q: Is there anything home owners can do to help nurture and encourage an emotional connection between potential buyers and their home?

A: Internet marketing plays a huge role in the attraction of buyers to a property, therefore the photography is an essential tool in forming an emotional connection which translates to an inspection. Staging, or styling, has increased in popularity and almost forms an essential marketing expense in many cases. Quality staging firms provide interior decorators and designers to select pieces that accentuate the architectural elements of a home. Colour grouping alongside positioning of furniture items create spatial awareness and ultimately more appeal to a wider range of buyers. Bedrooms for instance need fresh pillows/linen and yes, cushions! Greenery adds freshness and brings the outside in, bathrooms should also be clear of all personal items…. Buyers need to be able place their furniture and connect to spaces, part of the emotional aspect of purchasing a new home. 


If you’d like more information, please click here to read Bell Real Estate’s guide on “How to Improve Your Home for Profit” or call Corinne and her team on (03) 9751 2375.


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