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7 important tasks sellers forget when selling their home

To make the sale run more smoothly, go through your house pretending to be an objective buyer and look for obvious faults which could be remedied, making sure these tasks are on your to-do list.

1. Deodorize the home

We all get used to the smell of our own houses to the point that we’re immune to distinct aromas. But when buyers are entering your home, you want to make sure the house gives a great first impression.

Air out the house to remove any stuffy air, and remove any cat litter trays, dog beds or anything else which may harbour pet odours.

If there is any mold, there is often a musty smell that lingers which makes the house seem unhealthy and neglected. Remove mold by spraying it with white vinegar then, using hot water and bicarbonate of soda, scrub the area and let dry. This should kill most of the mold, reducing the smell.

2. Remove the junk

It is easy to hoard lots of unused, unnecessary junk if you have lots of storage such as a basement, attic or space under the house. Buyers may fear this clutter will be left behind for them to sort out, and this can be off-putting.

If you leave it behind, the buyer can force you to remove it, or pay for its removal. Instead, clear the clutter ahead of time to show off the ample storage your home offers. When it comes time to move, there will also be less to shift.

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Preparing your property for sale

There are three key areas to focus on when preparing your home for sale to help you get the best price:

1. Make simple repairs  

One of the biggest turn-offs for buyers is wear and tear such as chipped tiles, cracked windows, scuffed paintwork, stained carpets, and other obvious signs of damage. These unsightly areas instantly alert buyers there is work required, which can diminish their initial enthusiasm for your property and lower the price they are prepared to pay. Discuss with your agent which areas you should overhaul before holding open homes. You want to ensure you are increasing appeal while not overcapitalising.

2. Clean and declutter

Study other houses currently on the market and you will see they have been decluttered, cleaned thoroughly, and may even have been styled to look modern and pristine. Removing lots of clutter makes the prospective buyer able to see the room properly while more importantly, making the room appear larger. Cleaning the house, even hidden areas such as under the sink, makes the house look well-cared for. This gives the buyer a subliminal impression that the house has been well-maintained and there should be no hidden problems.

3. Style your home

Styling is another instant facelift that can give your property a fresh look which appeals to buyers. You can hire a stylist to take care of this for you, or hire furniture and accessories and do it yourself.

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7 area where you shouldn’t waste your money before selling your home

We all want to maximize the selling price of our home – it’s usually our biggest asset. But when you’re devising a pre-sale makeover list, there are some updates that aren’t worth the time or money.

1. Designer fixtures and fittings

There aren’t too many buyers who will be able to tell the difference between Carrara marble and an engineered stone look-alike, a Moooi chandelier versus a clever replica. And most buyers won’t consider upping the offer on your property just because you have installed a high-end bath and loo.

“A new kitchen and bathroom can definitely add value, but there is always the possibility for over-capitalization,” says Tim Bodman, director of CSA Valuers in Brisbane. “Sometimes a $10,000 Ikea kitchen might do the job.”

BresicWhitney Hunters Hill agent Nicholas McEvoy says he advises vendors not to indulge their designer wish-lists just before listing.

“When you’re selling it’s not the time to go and buy luxury fittings. It’s unlikely you’ll get your money back.”

2. A high-maintenance garden or pool

If there’s one key message that has remained consistent on TV lifestyle shows, it’s that while Aussies love the great outdoors, they don’t want to spend their weekends working hard to maintain their green spaces. Borders of manicured hedges, rose gardens, lilies and even citrus require above-average attention to thrive.

“Aim to keep the landscaping simple,” says Mae Chan of Di Jones North Shore. “Most people don’t want the hassle of too much gardening.”

Licensed builder and founder of renovationjunkies.com.au James Mason says the same goes for the backyard swimming pool.

“Not everyone wants a pool and sometimes it’s more maintenance and more work than it’s worth,” he says. “Put a pool in for your family’s lifestyle, but not for sale.”

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