How to: Sell your property this Autumn

You can’t change your property’s location or aspect, but you can change its presentation.

A fresh coat of paint

Grubby, marked, faded walls can really bring down the look of a property – and its selling price. A fresh paint job is reasonably cheap, but can make a house much easier to sell for a higher price. You can also cover up that feature wall that seemed like a good idea three years ago, but looks dated now.

Declutter

Cleaning your house from top to bottom until it sparkles, and getting rid of the mess, is one of the best things you can do to improve the aesthetics of your home.

Consider hiring a professional cleaner to whip through the main areas, including the kitchen, bathrooms, living room and master bedroom. The cost is minimal compared to the potential gain.

Set the stage

If you show people how your property can best be lived in, you’ll create an emotional connection – making it easier to sell for a premium. Consider hiring furniture for the living room, master bedroom and patio.

“Many vendors overlook the fact that the first glimpse the eventual purchaser takes of your property is a photograph – usually on a website or in a newspaper,” says Helen Farquhar from Instant Property Staging on the Gold Coast. “This image must convince time-poor buyers to put your property on their must-view list. In other words, it allows your property to make the cut for a site inspection.”

Create an ambience

On the day of an open inspection, present the property in its most attractive light; this means turning on fans or air-conditioning units if it’s a hot day, opening the curtains and blinds to let the cool spring breeze in, and turning on lights in any dark, dim spaces.

Article written by:
Eynas Brodie

Eynas is the editor of property investment magazine, Australian Property Investor (API). As an investor herself, Eynas is passionate about all things property and enjoys being able to apply what she learns on the job to her personal life.

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