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Realtor Series; getting your house ready for sale (part 1)

October 10, 2012

According to one leading Australian real estate agency LJ Hooker, Spring and Autumn are the busiest times of year for the real estate market, but by no means does this mean you have to stick to these seasons to get a good sale.

In this part 1 of our realtor series, we will discuss the initial steps for prepping your home for sale, and in turn, how to leave a lasting impression on potential buyers.

The first step in the process is to begin to de-personalise your home by removing as many personal items as possible, including books and photographs. Buyers may get distracted by these and not focus on the other important elements of the home. You want them to imagine their photos and personal items adorning the house. You want them to think, “I could be happy living here”.

Step two is an obvious one, and is to start the de-cluttering process.  Again like step one, you don’t want to distract buyers with your personal effects.  You can also look as this as a good exercise for your own move. Throw out or donate anything you don’t need and for anything else you choose to keep, pack it away safely, neatly and out of sight.

Step three sees the re-arranging process, and should encompass the parts of your home that are not in public view. For instance kitchen pantries, bedroom closest and bathroom draws.  Believe it or not, but Buyers just love to snoop, so make sure you make a good impression by appearing organised. Although you may not live like a perfectly organised IKEA catalogue normally, your buyers don’t need to know that.

This now brings us to the end of this part 1, however come join us next week while we continue down the list of steps for getting your home ready for sale!

In the meantime, if you have any home renovation needs to make your home dazzle potential buyers and add value, come visit our website at www.andersens.com.au or play with our interior designing tool iDesign – where for the next two months you can win a Hire A Hubby handyman gift voucher!

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