You can sell your own property privately, saving you thousands of dollars, and eliminating any hassles and headaches that you might encounter when selling through an agent. However there are many things that you need to be aware of when selling your house yourself. See our previous post on the Paperwork and legal requirements.
The next thing you need to do is prepare your house for sale. You should aim to present your home in the best possible light for your potential buyers. You don’t need to put in too much time and money to do this, though. In this post I offer some tips and tricks for doing this cheaply and effectively. These include:
- Brightening up your home
- Finishing touches
Lack of clutter is one of the most important things when preparing your house for sale. Aim to make things look as simple and minimalist as possible. Clean all of the shelves and counter tops- keep it to a bare minimum. You could have a little bit of colour, but as minimal as possible. You can put everything in your wardrobes or cupboards- nobody is supposed to look in your cabinets anyway.
Take out excess furniture. You might have very comfortable, large couches but they’re not going to help you sell your house. What is going to help sell your house is space. So keep furniture to a minimum. Swap big couches for a couple of nice chairs. If you’ve got a huge dining room table, see if you can borrow something smaller. Or at least, don’t leave any clutter on it. You want very few personal items. You can even shove a whole lot of furniture in the shed if necessary. Nobody needs to go into your shed.
Some people say don’t leave any family photos out. I don’t know that this is the end of the world- we don’t want totally blank walls. But again, keep it to a minimum.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. Just make sure that when anybody’s coming for an inspection, your house is as clean, tidy and minimalistic as possible and that there is no clutter whatsoever to be seen. If you look on realestate.com you’ll see lots of houses that are what we call dressed, or styled for presentation. Yours doesn’t have to be like that, but it gives you an idea of the minimalist look, which is what you want.
Brighten up your home
The next thing you can do is brighten up your home. A new coat of paint is the cheapest and easiest way to improve a house and you can do this cheaply. However, you don’t have to do this, at least ensure that your walls and windows are clean.
First impressions count so when they pull up, what are they going to see? You want a tidy garden. Make the front yard look as appealing as possible. You could even put some coloured pot plants out temporarily. Borrow them from your friends or neighbours. Do whatever it is you need to do to make the front look inviting, colourful and minimalistic. Again, you don’t want too much stuff out there.
They say that scents, have an effect on the way people see things. Citrus is what I’ve researched is the best. Use a simple citrus scent, don’t confuse with too many smells. A bit of lemon oil is really good as it always smells clean and fresh. I’ve also been known to put out some little chocolates in a bowl with a little sign that says ‘Eat me’.
Before anybody’s coming, I make sure that every light in the house is on and that all curtains are open. Light is your best friend when you’re selling your house. People love light and bright.
It can be simple to sell your own property, this is really that’s all you have to do to present your house in the best possible way. Presenting your house for sale doesn’t have to be costly. It doesn’t have to be terribly time consuming. Declutter, brighten it up and add a few finishing touches. You just need to make it look simple, minimal and inviting. Good luck!
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Robyn Williams is an Adelaide-based residential Property Developer and Investor dedicated to helping homeowners sell their property without hassles, headaches and overheads of selling property through a real estate agent – because she buys your property direct from you. Find out more