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5 Tips on preparing a Home for sale in Donvale, Park Orchards & Wonga Park.

By John Hoskins

November 2013


After years of fond memories you are ready to sell your family home. Maybe you are downsizing, or maybe you want to try the inner-city lifestyle now the kids have left. Whatever the reason, you should go that extra mile to make your home stand out from the crowd.


Although you may need to spend a little extra in preparing a house for sale it will be well worth the effort by getting a quicker and higher sale price. The following 5 tips will make your property a much more attractive proposition for potential buyers.


1/ The first thing a potential buyer looks at is the outside of your property. As many of the blocks in these areas are larger than most, make sure the exterior is as presentable as possible. Mow the lawns, tidy the yard, remove any rubbish, clean the gutters and if necessary have the exterior windows cleaned and painted.


2/ De-personalise the interior as potential buyers like to visualise their own furniture, and less visual distraction makes it easier for them to see themselves living there. De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter.


A tip here is to consider hiring a professional to stylise your house. They will personally select furniture, artwork and ornaments that not only suit your home, but make it modern and inviting. At Hoskins we feel this is so important that we’ll provide the initial consultation of a home stylist to you at our cost.


3/ If the interior is looking a little dated, then repainting your walls is definitely worth the investment. Always get a professional to do this job an amateur DIY attempt is often obvious to the critical eye.


Put aside your own personal tastes in colour and choose something neutral. This colour scheme provides a blank canvas on which a potential buyer can project their own imagination onto.


4/ The same may apply to your carpet, if your carpet is faded and worn in places then most buyers will notice immediately. Giving potential buyers negative reasons to NOT buy your house is the worst thing you can do. An experienced carpet layer is essential for this job and it must be done after the interior painting is completely finished.   


5/ Speaking of floors, check all the ceramic tiles in your house. Cracked tiles are ugly so replace any cracked tiles, and re-grout areas if necessary. Maybe you could look at the various types of ceramic tile paint if you need to patch up a small area.


Just these 5 simple tips for preparing a house for sale should not only bring you an early sale, but also add significantly to your sale price.  A win-win.


John Hoskins