4 tips to selling your home

4 tips to selling your home

Selling your home is one of life’s major milestones. It’s an exciting time when you get to see how all the love and care invested into home improvements will pay off. To ensure you receive top dollar for the sale of your home, it’s important to take the time to prepare and present your home in the right way so it stands out from the crowd.

We’ve collated 4 top tips to help you sell your home. Even if you only do one, it could be the deciding factor that makes buyers fall in love with your home over the competition.

Tip 1: It's what's on the inside that counts

You don't always need to change structural details to give your home an impressive look. Ensuring your home is clean and tidy goes a long way.

Freshen up rooms by having carpets professionally cleaned. Wash curtains and wipe down blinds and windows. And give cupboards, door frames and walls a new lick of paint. Stick to neutral tones for walls and carpets to help potential buyers envisage their furniture in a room.

To lift and liven a space, use one or two accent colours for accessories like cushions and throws. Clear away the clutter from surfaces keeping ornaments to a minimum. Place a plant or two in living spaces, they’re a great way to bring a room to life and bring the outdoors in.

If you're just not sure where to start, consider hiring a consultant to give you decorating ideas or simply outsource the entire job. Investing in an interior decorator who can and bring in hire furniture and temporarily store existing furniture and bring in hire furniture can help align the character of your home with a decor that suits.

Tip 2: Street cred

Attending to your home exterior and gardens can also be worthwhile. Home buyers often judge a home on its street appeal.

You can make improvements with some basic DIY gardening. Pull the weeds and prune back hedges or overhanging trees and keep lawns freshly mown.

Fix up broken fencing rails and consider giving decks and fences a fresh coat of paint or lacquer. If you don’t want to re-paint your whole house, simply getting it water blasted can make the world of difference. It’s also a great way to clear away bugs and cobwebs.

If all this just doesn’t float your boat and you’re just not a green thumb, it can be just as easy to appoint a landscape gardener or hire a handyman to scrub things up.

Tip 3: Dust off the cobwebs

No one likes sharing a home with bugs. If you've noticed the little critters scuttling around your home it might be a sign that you've got an infestation.

Pest control experts can get rid of creepy crawlies more effectively than any product you can buy in stores. It can also help maintain a home's structure long term.

At the very least, vacuuming those hard to reach corners and eaves to clear out any cobwebs will help spruce up a home's interior and stop it from looking like the Adam’s Family once lived there!

Tip 4: Wrap up warm

We all know New Zealand Winters can be chilly. One of the biggest draw cards for home buyers is a home that is warm and dry and free from mould and mildew so it’s healthy for it’s occupants.

While it can seem like a hefty cost upfront, the competitive benefit of having your home properly insulated can pay off at the point of sale. Alternatively, installing a heat pump can be a great home warmer.

Also, check over roofing to ensure it’s free from leaks and fix up window and door frames to seal cracks and gaps and keep drafts out.

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