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PPG_Blog_Sept_Article 6_Preparing for saleHow important is presentation when you come to sell your property. Kim Ward, Sales Director of Sandhurst Residential Real Estate makes some worthwhile comments.

Experience shows that vendors who invest in going that “extra mile” with presentation usually achieve a quicker sale and sometimes, a higher price. In a cautious market, the “wow” factor is more important than ever. You want to stand out from the crowd and attract as many interested buyers as possible. Your agent will assist with bringing buyers through your home, but you can help keep them there by investing in a few small improvements.

Here is a list of some of the tasks you may want to consider when preparing for sale. If your budget allows, you may want to consider help from professionals:

  1. Home and Garden Maintenance – including weeding and rubbish removal
  2. Handyman services – re-hanging a door, fixing of windows that stick, etc
  3. Styling – declutter, reposition, supply rental furniture and matching accessories

However, a property makeover is not usually necessary. Major expenses are not required – more just a fix up, tidy up, de-clutter.

DIY weekends can be just as successful. For example, try to have all minor repairs done. Sticking doors and windows, loose door-knobs, faulty plumbing, peeling paint may affect a sale. Gates should open easily too and welcome prospective buyers. Clear the gutters, clean windows, screens, doors and awnings. Spread mulch on all garden beds. Sweep driveways and wash down patios. Remove clothes from the line and, if you have pets, hide their food bowls and ensure there are no lingering pet smells.

These small improvements can go a long way to assisting in the timely sale of a home and achieving the best price.

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