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Hot Real Estate Tips for Selling Your Home!

Preparing your property for sale is a crucial part of the sales process – when there are plenty of buyers in the market, the right preparation can help you get top dollar, and when there are fewer buyers, paying attention to presentation can help ensure your home sells more quickly.

To get the best results in selling your property, we recommend you follow our tips below:

Clean Up Your Act – Be Ready for Inspection!
The average person spends a couple of hours every week cleaning their house with the odd run around with the vacuum cleaner. You may have someone who cleans the windows and maybe you keep your garden quite tidy.

Start from the outside – all those cobwebs over the porch suggest neglect, mud on the walls in the hallway from dogs shaking and gumboots being kicked off needs to be scrubbed away. Give your home a real Spring Clean

  • Wipe down skirting boards and door frames
  • Clean every floor, work surface and table top
  • Vacuum under rugs
  • Hang clothes in your wardrobes
  • Remove clutter (and dust bunnies) from under your bed

First Impressions Really Do Count – Does your Home Have Kerb Appeal? 
Smarten up your home to improve its kerb appeal. Keep in mind that many prospective buyers will do a “drive by” before they call an agent to go through the properties they like. 

If your front garden is a mess, you’ve stacked bins by the front door, your window frames are peeling paint and your windows are grimy, no-one is going to give your home a second look unless they are looking for a restoration project (and a price tag that reflects the work required).

Don’t Create a Money Pit 
Unless your house is hideously dated or very run down, we recommend that you don’t spend a fortune to smarten it up. The possibility of over capitalising is very real, particularly in a competitive market.

Look at any problem areas objectively, consider where improvements can be made for little outlay and make them. More often than not, a good clean, de-clutter and some paint will work wonders. 

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