Preparing your property for sale is one of the most important jobs to undertake prior to placing your home on the market. We all want the best outcome with our potential sale and planning ahead can make all the difference when making the nerve wrecking decision to list your property on the market.
Thorough planning coupled with the right estate agent can greatly increase your chances of success when navigating this typically stressful process.
Styling Property to Increase Market Value
Keep the Potential Buyer in Mind
Take some time to do research into who your likely buyer will be. If your home is priced within reach of first-home buyers, stage the property to be attractive to that buyer. If your property is in an area popular with investors, keep your decorating clean and simple to help them see how easy your home is to maintain. A family home? Then style some of the bedrooms to help potential buyers imagine their children occupying the space.
Properties that are tailored to appeal to their target buyers are more likely to create a meaningful connection.
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Keep rooms free from clutter and bulky furniture to a minimum. You want potential buyers to feel at home so store personal items such as photo albums out of sight. If you keep your styling simple and fuss free, potential buyers won’t be overwhelmed by your clutter and free to focus on the positive points of your home.
Finish Those Odd Jobs
No one wants to buy a house that requires a heap of work before moving in. Finish off all those odd jobs around the home before you put it on the market in order to maximise that critical first impression. Homes that are ready to live in are considerably more appealing than places which require work so be sure to assess what needs improving before contacting an estate agent.
Find the Right Agent
Once your property is fit for sale, you need to find an agent who understands your needs. There are thousands of estate agents out there and not all are fit to manage the sale of your property. Take time to research the agents in your area on sites such as RateMyAgent. They receive over 2000 reviews each week from genuine vendors who rate their experience with estate agents.
The site allows you to see useful information such as the most recommended agents in your suburb, agents with the greatest number of sales, most number of active listings and the highest average sale price. All vendor reviews are linked to the actual property sold so you can easily find agents selling homes similar to your own. The right agent along with property styling can make all the difference to the final market value of your home.
When and how to sell your home is a huge decision so know your options before you launch into the process. Take your time, style it right and reap the rewards.
Did you style your property prior to selling? Do you feel it made a difference to the result? Are you thinking of selling in the next 12 months?
This was written in collaboration with RateMyAgent as per my disclosure policy.