If you have decided that the time has come to sell your home and move elsewhere, then many things need doing before you put your home on the market. You may be selling due to relocation for work, or you need to upsize due to additions to the family. Whatever the reason, this guide will help you get your home ready to sell.
Get Rid Of The Clutter
The first thing you need to do to open your home to viewings is decluttering. When potential buyers come to look around your home, they need to envision their belongings in the space available. They won’t be able to imagine this if your items are filling up the place.
It may be a good idea to hire a self-storage lock-up while you are in the process of decluttering. The less stuff you have around, the better. Remember, you are selling the space available and the four walls, not your own items.
Once you have decluttered, it is good to thoroughly deep clean your home. Deep cleaning gets rid of years worth of dust and debris that has built up and missed during the regular weekly cleans. Notorious places for gathering dust include oven hoods, extractor fans, and baseboards. You should also pay close attention to the kitchen and bathroom when cleaning; make sure there is no black mould around the edges. Black mould is very unsightly and could turn people off from buying your property; it is also dangerous. When a potential buyer has a pre-purchase inspection, a building inspector will discover black mould.
If you are unsure if you have enough time to conduct a thorough clean, you can call in the professionals to help you with this. They will leave your home sparkling and looking brand new.
When everything else is done, you should go around your home and make sure there are no repairs that need doing. You might even have a to-do list of repairs you have been putting off. It is good to get these done as the new buyers don’t want to be fixing stuff as soon as they move into their new home, and again, a pre-purchase inspection will discover faults.
Areas to check should include picture holes in the walls; fill these in as the new owners may not want to use pre-made holes. You should also check the roof for any signs of damage or leaks. Roof leaks can be catastrophic if not repaired and may lead to mould forming on the ceilings, floor, or walls.
Get It Listed
Finally, once you have done it all and are confident that your home looks the best it possibly can, it is time to find an estate agent and get your home listed. Be sure to check the reviews and ask for recommendations before settling on an estate agent. You can, of course, sell your home privately if this is a suitable option for you.
The Sydney property market is booming, so aim to get the best price possible and save yourself the disappointment of a pre-purchase inspection showing defaults.