Preparing Your Home for Sale: Tips from Selling SA Homes

Selling your home can be a nerve-racking and stressful time if you do not prepare your property in the correct manner. With a few smart moves and a plan in place, you can make the process run smoothly and enjoy the experience along the way! We believe selling your home should be an exciting time for you to enjoy your incredible accomplishment, not a headache, so we have created some simple steps for you to follow that won’t leave you feeling anxious when putting your property on the market. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for sale, increase your chances of a successful sale, and make a great first impression on potential buyers.

Clean and declutter your property: A tidy and uncluttered home will make it easier for potential buyers to see the features and space of your property. Declutter your living spaces and remove any personal items that could detract the spotlight from the house’s features. Decluttering your home will not only create a nicer space for potential buyers to walk through during house opens, but it will better prepare you and make it easier for when you need to move out! To begin your clean-out, create a checklist to diminish any overwhelming feelings that might brew when you decide to declutter your property. Having a visual guide will simplify, what might seem as a big job, the process making it easy as you cross one chore off at a time. Donating clothes, hosting a garage sale, rearranging furniture, and throwing things away are all decluttering steps you can add to your checklist.

Repaint and touch up your property: This is an affordable step that creates an expensive illusion to your home! A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your property such as creating a new, polished and well looked after space leaving a better first impression on potential buyers. Choose neutral colours that will appeal to a wide range of buyers and keep the colours consistent throughout your entire house. In addition, take care of any minor repairs, such as fixing creaky doors, leaky taps, or cracks in the walls. Do you still have that hole in the wall of your guest bedroom that you never fixed up? Now is the perfect time to do it as it will provide your home with an extinguished look in the eyes of home buyers. 

Maximise curb appeal on your property: You know the saying don’t judge a book by its cover well unfortunately in real estate, buyers often judge a home by its exterior. The outside of your property is the first thing buyers will see and make presumptions on before they have even opened the front door, so make sure it’s inviting. Ways you can maximise curb appeal include mowing the lawn, planting rows of flowers, and tidying up the front porch. It is important to ensure the windows are sparkly clean and the front door is in good shape. Now you have created a strong first impression on your potential buyers that will hopefully last throughout their walk in!

Stage your home: Staging your home is an effective way to showcase the best features within your property and appeal to potential buyers. You may want to consider hiring a professional to stage your home making one less chore you have to do when preparing your property for sale. Alternatively, staging your home yourself may be more appealing to you and cost-effective. To bring the look together yourself, add pillows and fresh sheets on each bed that match the neutral colours of the property. You can add fruit bowls and flowers to your kitchen, dining and outdoor tables as they make great centerpieces. Another styling tip is to hang artwork or other framed pieces in any rooms that might need a luxurious touch. At the very least, rearrange furniture to create a sense of spaciousness and flow throughout your property.

Let the light in: This is a simple step homeowners often miss that can change the entire appearance of your rooms. Having a well-lit home ensures that each room looks its biggest, best, and brightest. Open curtains and blinds to let in natural light and turn on the lights throughout your property during home opens. For an extra wow factor, consider adding additional lighting fixtures on key features that you want to highlight such as a gorgeous art piece.

Depersonalise your property: You want your home to feel neutral and inviting to potential buyers; depersonalising your property can do just that! You will need to remove any personal items, such as family photos, and replace them with more neutral decor. By doing this, you allow your potential buyers to envision what their own personal items would look like in your home, which helps them imagine what they would look like moved into your property. This will help your potential buyers adjust to your property quicker, and create a feeling of home to them.

Hopefully, you feel more at ease and less overwhelmed with the idea of preparing your home for sale and with the best chances for a successful sale. By following these six simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to making a lasting impression on potential buyers. Now that you know how to put together your home before you put it on the market, you can spend less time worrying and more time cherishing these last moments with your home. When you prepare your home the right way, you ensure better chances of your home being sold, and a stress free experience along the way. If you still feel uneasy about the process of preparing your property for sale, have any questions, or need additional help, do not hesitate to reach out to Ashley Williams from Selling SA Homes. We are here to help you every step of the way when bringing your real estate dreams to life!