How to prepare your home for property inspections?

Getting your home ready for sale? Want to know what grabs buyers’ attention?

Buyers tend to be quite discerning when it comes to picking out their future home and may notice things that aren’t obvious to the owner.

Sometimes small issues with a property can fade into the background after living in a property for a number of years, but not much gets past the eyes of someone looking to make as large a financial commitment as buying a home.

Luckily, most issues can be easily fixed, particularly when you become aware of the things that stand out to buyers.

So what should you pay attention to when selling?

The interior:

Kitchen – There’s no denying that the kitchen is the heart and soul of a home, and for this reason it tends to get a lot of scrutiny from buyers. The kitchen should always be kept clean and tidy while on the market. Make sure dirty dishes are never left out and that countertops are free of clutter and too many kitchen appliances.

Lighting – Bad lighting can put a dark shadow on a property. It’s best to aim for rooms that are light and bright. This can be done by opening up curtains and blinds and turning on lights before viewings. If additional light is needed, mirrors or a fresh paint job in light colours can help brighten up a space.

Colours – Loud and quirky colours throughout a home can be quite off-putting for some buyers. If time and money allow, add a fresh coat of paint in neutral colours. Most things around a property can benefit from a coat of paint, including walls, cabinets, and even tiled surfaces. Visit your local paint store for advice.

Room sizes – Buyers want to ensure that a room will fit their furniture and suit their needs. While you may not be able to make rooms any bigger, you can create the illusion of extra space by de-cluttering, rearranging furniture and ensuring there is adequate lighting.

The exterior:

Front fence – One of the first things buyers will see is the front fence so it’s important that it’s standing straight and that it creates an attractive border for the property. Consider painting the fence to brighten it up and fix any loose or broken palings.

Driveway – Buyers will immediately notice things like weeds and oil stains as they walk down the driveway. Get rid of these and keep kids’ toys, gardening equipment and bins well out of sight.

Garden – The garden can be a major asset to a property if you put the work in. Keep it well manicured throughout your property’s sale by pruning overgrowth and regularly mowing lawns.

Front Porch – Aim to make the front of your property as friendly and welcoming as possible. Keep this area neat and tidy and have a fresh welcome mat out to greet visitors. A couple of pot plants out the front can add a nice touch too.

When preparing your property for sale, keep in mind that everything matters to buyers.

Pay attention to every inch of your property and try to see it from a buyer’s perspective. Getting a third party to come and take a look at your property and provide advice is always helpful. If you’d like to have a chat about your property, call the Professionals Mudgee team.

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