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6 things to do to get your home ready for sale


Declutter.  You need someone to walk into your home and be able to imagine themselves living there, says stylist Andrea Jones of O’Meara Jones. And they won’t be able to do that if there are personal ornaments crowding every surface inside, and the garden full of gnomes.

“Clutter looks messy and makes people feel it might be dirty underneath,” she says.

“So just get rid of all those bitty ornaments you’ve collected over the years and anything frilly or busy. Replace it all with a couple of colourful vases artfully placed to the side.”

Deep clean.  Morton Real Estate agent Etienne West advises all his vendors to hire professionals for a deep clean. “You need your property to look absolutely spotless,” he says.

“That means the kitchen, cooker, bathroom tiles, floors, windows, doors, walls … everything.  They’ll remove all the marks on walls, wipe inside the cupboards and drawers – you often see buyers opening them to check – and make sure it looks as fresh as possible.”

Fix the small stuff.  Give it a fresh coat of light, neutral-coloured paint which will immediately make a house look brighter, lighter and cleaner, says Jones. “Also, people can imagine their furniture against those blank walls much more easily than if they’re a wild colour or dark. You can always introduce colour with a lovely rug or cushions.”

West also likes to recommend a handyman comes in to do small jobs like regrouting, fixing dripping taps, or laying new carpet in rooms where it’s needed.

read more at: http://www.domain.com.au/news/six-ways-to-get-the-best-price-when-selling-your-home-20160609-gpctba/

Selling Property:Clever (and easy) tips to making your home look more appealing


The secret to having your occupied home-for-sale ready in one hour is to plan ahead,” Tracey McLeod, Owner of Showhomes and Presentation Sells told The Huffington Post Australia.

First of all, McLeod suggests employing the three month rule.

“In nature, three months is one season. In your home for sale, only keep out one season of clothes, bed linen, and toys. Everything that won’t be used in one season can be packed away beforehand. For those with kids, try to involve them in this process so it isn’t such a shock for them. Ask each child to choose what toys, books and clothes they can’t live without for the next three months and then pack the rest away.”

It’s also wise to pack away a large portion of your home before even putting it on the market. Just think, when it’s time to move out half of the hard work will be done!

“Pack up early in the home selling process, rather than later. Have only two-thirds to three-quarters or less if possible on the shelves in your cupboards, wardrobes, and pantry, and have items neatly stacked. If you can’t store boxes off site, neatly label and stack them in the garage.”

“Designate a cupboard shelf or storage box for each child to store their must-have items. Before bedtime, everything must go back into storage. This simple rule makes it much easier to clear living areas of toys, books, and other items in just a few minutes,” McLeod said.

read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/04/21/selling-your-home_n_9745184.html?utm_hp_ref=australia

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Selling property: weird, quirky or unusual features of a home can put off buyers


When you’re looking to sell a property, you want it to appeal to a broad market – for punters to come in and be able to picture their happy, home-owning future. What you don’t want is a confused giggle when they get a look at your bathroom.

When buyers are attending several inspections over a weekend they’re looking for reasons to rule out properties, according to agents.

“Buyers tend to exclude rather than include”, says Walter Burfitt-Williams, of BresicWhitney. “You might think the leopard print wallpaper is gorgeous, but it’s not to everyone’s taste.”

In older homes it’s better to stick to classic styling rather than something on-trend, and try to avoid over-complicating interiors with multiple trends or time periods. You don’t want a clash of different styles in a house, let alone a room, he notes.Steep, spiral staircases in narrow terraces – a popular option for renovations of a certain era – were another feature to rethink, according to Peter Gordon, from Cobden & Hayson, particularly in small terraces in Sydney’s inner west. Jacuzzis were another addition to consider getting rid of, as buyers tended to view them more as a second-hand spa.