As a property owner your single focus is to get the highest price for your property on auction day or to sell it prior above your reserve price. Follow this checklist to make sure you can maximise your house or apartment sale price.
- Turn on all the Lights
A well-swept driveway and front porch creates a stunning entryway, but it is the warm glow of the lights that make this house so inviting. Turn on all overhead lights, lamps and even the lights above the stove to have your house looking its shining best, especially in dreary winter months.
- Add Pops of Colour
Whether it is fresh flowers, a bowl of lemons or other brightly coloured fruit, this is one detail that brings a home to life and makes buyers fall in love with a property which can lead to them bidding a higher price. Yellow or red flowers in the kitchen are good choices to make this hub of the house feel cheery and bright. If you’re going for fruit, stick to a uniform colour rather than a mixed bowl, and ensure every piece is unblemished.
- Get the Windows Professionally Cleaned
Squeaky clean windows are an absolute must on open-house day, and not just because they make rooms look well-maintained. The pollution, dust and grime that accumulates quickly on windows also blocks out a surprising amount of light.
A professional clean will have your home looking fresh and bright.
- Splash Out on Bedding
Take care how you make your bed on open day – the right bedding can give a luxurious edge that carries through to what a buyer thinks the house is worth. Coordinate pillows and cushions with sheets, quilt covers and the valance, and add a fabulous bed runner fit for a five-star hotel. Be sure to iron every item that’s on the bed for that polished finish.
- Create a Feelgood Atmosphere
If it’s even the slightest bit chilly outside, light the fire or turn on the heat to a comfortable temperature. Nothing says home quite like the cosiness of a fireplace. On warm days, throw open the windows to welcome in the breeze. Achieving a high selling price involves ensuring your buyers feel an emotional attachment to your home.
- Don’t forget About the Outdoors
Weeding, tidying and trimming the garden ready for an open house goes without saying, but to get potential buyers imagining themselves using the outdoor space, you need to make it as inviting as possible. This outdoor courtyard has been made all the more special with the simple addition of some silk cushions and a platter of oranges. If you have garden lighting, be sure to turn it on to give the space interest and dimension. Buy outdoor cushions and pillows.
- Banish all Clutter Personal Items
Remove all but the most essential decorative items from each room! Make the house appear more spacious to get the highest auction price! You might love your children’s drawings and that postcard you got from your best friend stuck to your fridge door, but these kinds of personal details only serve to distract a potential buyer. They need to imagine themselves in the home, so completely clear the fridge of magnets and all they hold, and take down any photos from all other rooms in the house.
- Bring Order to Toys
Convincing children to keep their rooms tidy is one of the biggest challenges for parents trying to sell a house. Children’s rooms will probably be the last you check before the real estate agent arrives. Arrange soft toys, align books in shelves, and hide away all but the most visually appealing items. Rolling up rugs can also show off beautiful floorboards and make rooms appear larger.
Good luck on auction day to achieve the highest selling price for your property!