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5 tips to get your home ready for a sale in spring

By Andrew Bell

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the spring (or summer) this year, you may have more work to do than you realise to fully prepare it for that process. After all, if you want to garner a lot of attention from bidders, you will almost certainly be welcoming large numbers of strangers into your humble abode and you need to do quite a bit to make it as appealing as possible to as many people as you can.

The following tips should help you do just that, and set you up for a massively successful sales process:

1) Declutter everywhere

As you might imagine, people want to really give your home a thorough examination before they decide to buy it, and that means you can expect them to look in every nook and cranny on the property, according to The Real Estate Conversation. As such, you can’t simply stuff all your coats and knickknacks in a closet or the garage; you actually need to go through your home and get rid of the stuff that’s been cluttering it up.

2) Fix what needs fixing

No house is perfect, especially after years or decades of people living there. As such, you may need to make a careful accounting of everything you’ve been meaning to fix for years — a dripping faucet, creaky step, door that doesn’t quite close all the way, etc. — and put in the effort to fix them before you host would-be buyers in your home.

3) Make it less personal

In any home, a life well-lived will typically result in a lot of memorabilia and personalising every room to your unique tastes. HGTV reminds homeowners, however, that people who are interested in buying a home really want to be able to picture themselves living there, and it’s hard to do that when walls are painted in the bold colours you prefer, or if you have a lot of family photos displayed throughout the house. As such, now is the time to repaint every room to neutral colours and (at least temporarily) pack up the cherished memories.

4) Don’t forget outdoors

A good first impression is crucial in many aspects of life, and that’s certainly true when you’re selling your home. That means you need to make sure you lawn and bushes are all in great shape, and if your house needs a fresh coat of paint, now is certainly the time to apply one. You may also want to touch up your backyard and perhaps add some patio furniture that shows off just how livable the entire space is.

5) Rely on a real estate agent for pricing help

Finally, it’s important to make sure you know what your local housing market looks like, and that the price you list your home for is in line with what other people might expect. Personal finance expert Dave Ramsey notes that this will often be as simple as consulting with a trustworthy, experienced real estate professional. This is someone who should know your local market inside and out, and easily be able to determine a reasonable price that will leave you happy while still enticing would-be buyers.

With that in mind, it’s important to work with the pros at Ray White Surfers Paradise. We have prepared countless homes for sale and helped sellers through every step of the process along the way. If you’d like to know more about what we can do for you as you try to sell your home, get in touch with us today.

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