The way your property presents itself to potential buyers affects the way they feel about it. Does the property make a good first impression? Does it have a ‘wow’ factor? Has the floorplan and space been maximised?

These are the questions buyers typically – and subconsciously – ask themselves within the first minute of inspecting your property. But perhaps the most important question to consider is can they see themselves living in your property?

Making your property as attractive as possible to the broadest market available will attract more buyers, and could be the difference between a buyer choosing to pursue your property over another.
Here are some useful tips on preparing your home for sale;


First impressions are everything. Tidy up peeling or tired paint work (doors and windows especially), trim and neaten gardens and lawns, repair cracked tiles and concrete


Freshen up internal colours by using neutral soft colours (remember bright colours help give a feeling of space and light), and rely on accessories to add colour accents, warmth and character.


Kitchens are the heart of the home; a simple paint job to cabinet doors and new handles can breathe new life into a dull kitchen. A simple bowl of fruit (just one kind is plenty), a couple of cookbooks and a stylish appliance can make a big difference.


Create a sense of serenity with neutral tones, fluffy towels, and a couple of lovely bath accessories; get rid of any mould (paint ceilings etc if necessary) and don’t use bleach products to clean the bathroom before an inspection.


Bring in as much natural light as possible. A mirror above a dining table reflecting the back garden adds to the feeling of space; sheer blinds allow soft filtered light in, but still retain privacy.


Replace or repair wonky door knobs, or tricky doors, replace broken or torn insect screens, and secure loose tiles or paving.


Spend some time in the garden and get it groomed, and looking its best. Remove dead (or dying) plants, trim back shrubs and overhanging trees, feed and water the grass to keep it looking good, and avoid strong smelling fertilizers.


Surface areas accentuate space; move furniture to the outer walls, de-clutter bookcases, mantelpieces, study and guest rooms, minimise personal photos – all of this allows a buyer to imagine their own belongings in place.

Buying property is an emotional journey, so creating an inviting atmosphere where practical decision making is driven by emotional desires will help you maximise your sale price.

If you’re thinking of selling, and would like some advice on preparing your home, call us today on 9842 1477.

Melissa Watson
Philip Webb

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