First Impressions Count.

“When preparing your home for the market, the aim is to spend as little money as possible without compromise to overall appeal and comfort.  This means spending your budget in the right areas and maintaining the correct theme for your home for a wider appeal.  Consistency in colour, theme and style is important.”

If you don’t have a budget, look at what to take out and what to move around or borrow to bring existing colour and theme together.

remove any emotional attachment, go outside, close your eyes and open them again as if you were a potential buyer viewing the house for the first time.

Go right through the house and look at it as a potential  buyer would.

Make a list of all the chattels that would remain in the house. Anything you may wish to take with you should be noted on the contract as an exclusion.

Outside Appeal:

1. Have an exterior house wash or water-blast.
2. Maximise available sunlight by trimming any excessive (non-native) foliage and trees in the right areas.
3. Use pot plants, bark or gardening to create warmth and shape to draw attention to the key areas.
4. Keep lawn regularly mowed.
5. Remove garden rubbish.
6.Pets should be kept well out of the way.

Inside Appeal:

7. A really clean fresh smelling home is more likely to sell.
8. Flowers and warmth are always welcoming.
9. Make the most of your space, remove all clutter.
10. Spruce up the paint work.
11. The bathroom and laundry are a favourite area for potential buyer.  Use a mildew remover to freshen the look, add matching towels and accessories, think of what you would like to see as a potential buyer.
12. Kitchens are important too, Replace old or mismatched cupboards and potentially the bench top.  Use racks to tidy up a small cupboard space to show buyers the potential for organisation.

(c)  Edge Realty Whakatane Ltd (2008).