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Preparing Your Property for Sale

By Claire Briggs

From the moment your home is put on the market, potential purchasers will be driving by to look at it, and attending open for inspections to view inside.
It is therefore essential that you get your property looking as attractive as possible.

Renovating can be a great way to add value to your property, but also consider these tips when preparing your home:

  • Do a complete spring clean, removing all junk from your house
  • A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference. Choosing light colours can help brighten up dingy rooms
  • Make sure all the fixtures and fittings are in good working order, and clean
  • Ensure doors and windows open and shut with ease
  • Polish your wooden and tiled floors and have your carpets professionally cleaned
  • Make sure your bathroom, laundry and kitchen and spotless
  • Repair your heating, air-conditioning and plumbing if necessary
  • You want to give the impression of a healthy, luxuriant, colourful garden, so consider planting some flowers and ensure the whole garden is generously watered
  • Make sure your driveways and paths are swept
  • Thoroughly clean the outside of the house, including its guttering and windows
  • Clean up your garage and garden shed

  • On the day of inspection, consider the following tips:

  • Have you cleaned up everywhere? Don’t forget inside cupboards, under beds and so on
  • A few finishing touches to the garden can also make a difference, so rake up those fallen leaves and branches
  • Let in as much light as possible, by opening all curtains and blinds
  • Make sure your home feels comfortable; heat the rooms if it’s cold, if it’s hot, put the air-conditioning on
  • Put out flowers in vases, particularly near the front door where first impressions are made
  • A home which smells beautiful will seem much more attractive to buyers, so ensure your property is properly aired
  • Here are some handy tips before leaving your property:

  • Make sure if you are moving into a new home, the agent has provided you with all the keys
  • Discontinue all utilities, including the electricity, water, gas and telephone
  • Redirect your mail to your new address
  • Advise all who need to know of your change of address, such as banks, the tax office and your child’s school
  • Cancel your deliveries, such as milk and newspapers, etc
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