Presentation Advice

Presentation Advice

Each week we publish more tips about buying and selling property in our free weekly e-zine, “Virtual Realty News”, so if you want to keep up to date, click here to subscribe to our free VRN E-Zine now. Preparing for your sale may seem like an arduous task, but because your home is usually your most valuable asset, the tasks are well worth every ounce of your energy. The following checklists will help you make the most of your home’s potential. Bear in mind however, we can always assist you with the recommendation of qualified and reliable tradespeople and our agents will advise you if they notice anything that will increase the sale price of your property when they visit and perform an ‘Opinion of Value’ for your property.

Interior – RWM

If your home needs a new look, think about hiring furniture for the length of the selling campaign.

  • Consider an initial consultation with a stylist, which we provide as a complimentary service, to take your home to the next level.
  • De-clutter and put excess furniture or possessions into storage. People will need as much room as possible to move around. Less is always best.
  • Get professional cleaners in to give your home a ‘spring’ clean.
  • Clean carpets to give a well maintained look to your home. (Consider whether polished floor boards would be more attractive to buyers.)
  • Scrub bathrooms and make them sparkling clean. If necessary re-grout dated bathrooms for a quick facelift
  • For older style kitchens, consider changing door handles or replacing bench tops
  • Paint tired walls and repair cracks in walls and ceilings. Choose neutral colours to widen the appeal of your house and to make it feel light and bright. Steer away from dark colours that make areas look smaller. Colourful feature walls can give a home a lift and create the look of a designer’s touch.
  • Wipe down walls and woodwork to give the paint work a fresh look.
  • Touch-up woodwork with paint. Cover up the marks on door frames and skirting boards.
  • Don’t forget the little things, like working globes in light fittings and no dripping taps. Make sure all your doors and windows open easily and quietly. You may need to oil or plane them.
  • Clean the insects from windows and light fittings.
  • Tidy up your garage and keep visible storage to an absolute minimum. People don’t like squeezing their cars into tight spaces.
  • Clean the BBQ

Exterior – RWM

The street appeal of your home gives a crucial first impression to buyers. The extra effort in sprucing up the exterior can directly effect the number of buyers who attend your open inspections.

  • Repair broken gates, fences, doors and fly screens.
  • Paint front doors or fences if they need it.
  • Plant bright annuals in the flower gardens.
  • Cut and trim lawns and hedges, weed gardens and flower pots.
  • Tidy and clean nature strip and gutters.
  • Trim your shrubs and trees to give the impression that your land is bigger than it actually is, this can make the house seem lighter inside.
  • Sweep driveways and paved areas. For heave duty stains such as oil, or to give sandstone a dramatic facelift, organise for the area to be pressure hosed.
  • Wash the exterior of the house including the walls, gutters, blinds and awnings. Consider “Softwash” house treatment.
  • Window cleaning inside and out, gives an overall impression of “squeaky clean”.
  • Outdoor furniture helps buyers imagine the lifestyle that goes with a house. If you don’t have decent outdoor furniture, borrow, buy or hire some.
  • Keep the pool clean so it looks inviting.

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