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Preparing Your Home for Sale
The exterior creates the first
impression but it's the inside that is the most important to most buyers. Try to
make your home as appealing to as many types of people as possible. For example
a buyer can imagine white walls a different colour but can be turned off by
colours that are too bold.
Clean everything in and out of
Shampoo rugs and wax floors.
Wash or brush walls.
Wash windows and clean blinds or
Your home should be immaculate, beds
made, floors cleaned or vacuumed, windows spotless, shelves dusted and trash
Any repairs should be done, leaky
taps, missing tiles, broken screens, etc.
If you are a smoker, clean any
nicotine stained items thoroughly and refrain from smoking in the home while you
have your home on the market.
Space is important, take
a look around your home, take 50% of your closet contents and put them away.
Take everything off the
Weed out clutter in
Create space by storing
some of the extra furniture you've found useful (bureaus, bookcases, storage
chests, oversized chairs) but which makes a crowded impression.
Place the remaining
furniture so that traffic can flow easily from room to room.
Unless you're a skilled
artist, scale down your personal art work (portraits, landscapes), posters,
signs, and family photos, especially in teenagers' rooms.
Create a feeling of
Keep normal walkways
throughout the house clear so buyers don't have to walk around items in the way.
refrigerator, sink should be spotless and workspace clear.
Clear benches, drawers
and cabinets of unnecessary items.
Put away all dishes.
Don't leave dishes drying by the sink.
Be conscious of odours
caused by dampness, hampers, garbage and various foods.
TIP If you wipe the
bench with vanilla essence just before an inspection, it leaves a fabulous smell
in the kitchen
Make sure there are no
Clean tiles to sparkling
shine and the grout as well
Clean shower screens
Clean soap dishes,
mirrors, taps and appliances (inside and out)
Store cleaning supplies
and hang freshly washed towels.
Keep living areas clean
Arrange furniture to
allow a spacious atmosphere.
Make beds, arrange couch
cushions, dust shelves, vacuum carpets and touch-up walls with paint as
Wallpaper should be
clean and adhere smoothly to the walls.
Finishing touches such
as flowers or candles add to the home's house warming appeal
home's exterior is the first thing a potential buyer sees when visiting your
home. The following tips will help you increase your home's curb side appeal and
create a strong first impression to potential home buyers
Remove cobwebs from
the outside of the home, under the eaves and around the windows
Clean out your garage.
Buyers want to envision themselves they are in clean and uncluttered open space.
should be neatly stored in shelving or wall units.
appropriate space for the home buyer to visualize their vehicle or workbench.
moving excess or over-sized items to mini-storage.
floor and if necessary repaint.
up grease or oil spots on driveway surface. For asphalt driveways it is a good
idea to apply a fresh coat of black driveway sealer. You can do this yourself or
hire a professional.
sure the garage door opens freely and the remote is working. If hinges squeak
your garage or outbuildings thoroughly and relocate any stored vehicles.
an unobstructed view of your home from the street by not having cars that don't
work, boats, campers or other vehicles in the driveway.
Do a general cleanup
around the yard
Remove clutter, garbage
Mow, trim and fertilize
the lawn. Remove grass clippings.
Edge walkways & trim
hedges and shrubs
Weed flowerbeds and
replace dead plants and trees.
Keep bicycles and toys
out of sight.
-Replace missing slats, stakes and posts.
Make sure all exterior
surfaces are clean and free of mildew or other stains.
Consider painting the
highlight features of your home, such as trim work, shutters, gutters,
If necessary, add a
fresh coat of exterior paint to the exterior siding.
Consider adding a fresh
coat of paint to your front door.
Polish brass fixtures
and be sure door locks work properly.
Oil hinges to both doors
Keep stairways tidy and
secure handrail. If required repaint handrail.
Repair or replace bent
or damaged screens and window glass.
Cut back outdoor plants
that restrict natural light.
Clean all windows inside
and if possible outside.
Polish door handles and
Replace worn or broken
items, such as an unsightly mailbox or rusty doorbell.
Replace or repair
screens in doors
Be sure porch lights are working, replace bulbs and add welcoming features such as a new door mat and flowering plants
Remove debris such as
tree branches and leaves.
Check for any cracked
roofed tiles and replace.
Clear gutters and down spouts of leaves and debris
Replace rotten boards and railings
Repaint if necessary all or portions of the deck
Tidy any visible items, such as an outdoor grill or barbecue.
Stairways cleared of objects and obstacles
Flowering plants and outdoor furniture add appeal.
Remove any unnecessary items such as gardening equipment
When a property owner lists their property on the market for sale, they would like for the sale to go through as quickly and smoothly and with the least amount of fuss as possible. The vendor and the sales team can hardly afford to receive a negative report from either the Timber Pest Inspector or the building Inspector, so to reduce the chances of that happening I have prepared a quick and easy check list of areas that can be adjusted, if need be, to help the Inspection procedures to run smoothly.
Check List for timber Pest Inspection:
that there are no timbers in contact with the ground and building.
Ensure that all gardens are at least 100mm below the bottom of the weep holes.
that there are no timbers or other materials stacked against the outer walls of
that there is no water laying against the outer walls of the building.
that there are no bushes or trees covering the outer walls of the building.
that there are no obstructions to the roof void or sub-floor areas.
that there are no obstructions to any of the rooms inside the building.
Check List for Building Inspection:
Ensure that all the doors and windows open and close smoothly.
Ensure that all the taps turn on and off smoothly.
Ensure that the shower base doesnít leak or lose water.
Ensure that the roof tiles or roofing iron are complete and are not damaged.
Ensure that there are no obstructions to the roof void or sub-floor areas.
Ensure that there are no obstructions to any of the rooms in side the building.
Ensure that any pergolas or additions to the building are in good repair and are pleasing to the eye.
Ensure that the building in general is in good repair and reflects a safe environment.
Its may seem like a lot of work, but it is worth the effort. By doing all the above it can make a difference of thousands of dollars when sale time comes around. If you donít have the time, consider getting a handyman for the outside and a cleaner for the inside.