Accelerate the Sale of Your Home

From a young age we are taught to never judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately that is exactly what people do when they are looking at buying a house. People will look at virtual tours, photos, drive past the property and if they do not see what they like, they will scratch your home from their prospective inspections and keep looking.

In this article we will explore simple but powerful ways of accelerating the sale of your home.
We will break it up into two main categories of outside and inside.

Outside

What people first see when they arrive at your home.

Garden

We all love to be greeted when we arrive home by a well presented, good looking home that make us smile and reflect on all the hard work that has gone into it.

 A well maintained lawn, beautiful garden beds, attractive trees all go into making a house a home and all will influence how people will see your home and how it will sell.

Flowers

Flowers certainly turn a bland area of your yard into something to be proud of, but when selling your home you need to make sure that you make your garden attractive to buyers.
Most people are time poor and when they look at your home, potential buyers will take into account how much work the garden is going to take to maintain.

Tip: Make sure your garden is looking good, you have weeded it and have pruned any untidy plants.

Overgrown Trees

Take a moment to have a look around your property and check for any overgrown trees with branches hanging over fence lines, power lines, phone lines or over the home or the shed.
Assess if these branches need to be neatened up or removed.

Make sure you seek out council permission if removing trees.

 

Lawn

Everyone loves the look of a neat and tidy lawn that has been perfectly manicured to perfection with neat trimmed edges and lush green grass.

If this is not your current lawn, don’t stress about that, there are a few little bits and pieces you can do to prepare your lawn before you sell your home.

Hint: Weed and Feed your lawn.
There are quite a few different brands of weed and feed on the market – Click Here

Starting over with your lawn

If your lawn is dead, patchy or you don’t have a lawn at all, the tutorial below will set you on the right path to making your lawn look fantastic.

 

Hint: Check out how to plant a new lawn like a pro – Click here

Lawn Alternatives

Tired of a living lawn? Check out the lawn alternatives below

Artificial Grass

Pros

  • No need to water

  • No mowing
  • No pesticides used
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Can be expensive
  • Gets hot in summer
  • 15-25 year life span
  • Petroleum-based product

Hint: Check out How to install artificial grass on dirt – Click Here

Chip Bark

Pros

  • Low maintenance
  • Low cost
  • Looks good

Cons

  • Occasionally requires weeding
  • Decomposes over time
  • Occasionally raking required

Hint: Check out how to install a chip bark & gravel patio – Click Here

Stones

Pros

  • Low maintenance
  • Low cost
  • Beautiful colours

Cons

  • Occasionally requires weeding
  • Occasionally raking required
  • Prep area with plastic sheeting first

Hint: Check out how to install a stone lawn – Click Here

Inside

Make a lasting impression on their mind.

Carpet

One of the first thing most people will notice when they walk into your home for the first time is the carpet, the condition and the colour.
Take a look around the room that you are currently in and honestly answer, is the carpet clean and in good condition?
If it isn’t, does it require a good vacuum or a steam/dry clean or both?

Give the carpet a vacuum, do a little spring cleaning, shift some furniture around and make sure that you clean up as much as possible.

Hint: You could go and hire a carpet cleaner from your local Woolworths or Coles and clean it yourself or what I would recommend,
hire a professional to clean your carpet for you.

Tiles

Tiles look stunning when they are shiny but can look awful and give the wrong impression if they are dirty and covered in streaks or if the grout is dirty.
Take a moment to inspect the tiles, the grout and clean where appropriate.

Hint: Check out some grout cleaning tutorials that will save you time and effort – TilesGrout

Windows

Let’s talk about one of the greatest assets of your home, the windows.
They let the light shine through into your home and light it up and give it that homely look and feel.
Take a moment to go around and look at your windows and see if they are clean or do they need a bit of a cleaning inside and out? Do they need a bit of a dust?

Take the time to give your windows a clean (Inside and Out) and give them a dust and make sure there are no spider webs hanging in the corners or dead insects on the window ledge.

Hint: If you can’t clean the windows yourself, hire someone to do it.
Remember you are investing in your own property and accelerating it’s selling success.
Check Our This Cleaning Tutorial – Click Here

Lace Curtains, Blinds and Drapes

Lace curtains are subject to rot from being exposed to moisture from the window during winter and sun rot in the summer. Check your curtains out for holes which look unsightly, especially through the window from the outside. If they are newish and in good condition, give them a wash and hang them back up while they are still wet to allow them to hang nicely.

Blinds are quick and easy to use in your home.
Check and make sure they are in working order and if needed, repair or replace them.

Also check them for dust and give them a dust where needed.
Remove spider webs and dead insects on the window ledge.

Drapes can be a bit trickier to wash and it is recommended if they are dirty to take them to a dry cleaners to get them attended to.

Make sure they are hanging nicely and fully open for photos and house inspections.

Outside Blinds

If you have outside blinds on your home, make sure they are in good working order.
On a sunny day put the sun blinds down, grab your garden hose out and give them a wash down to get any dust and dirt off of them.

Make sure you let them dry before you put them back up as putting them back up while wet will can cause mould, which will rot the sun blinds.

Heaters & Air Conditioners

Heater and air conditioner filters should be cleaned out at at least every second week.
They capture dust and blow it around the room which sets off allergies and makes people sneeze.

Make sure you pull the filters out and give them a brush off or use your vacuum on them.

Hint: The last thing you want is for a buyer to come into your house, smell dust and leave, never to be seen again after an allergy attack.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are terrible for holding dust as it is a mostly horizontal surface above eye level that doesn’t get checked that often. Make sure you use your duster or damp cloth and give the fan blades a good wipe down.

Lights

Make sure that all of your lights are working, if they are not replace the light bulbs.
A good idea is to make sure that your home is running energy efficient L.E.D Bulbs.

Check out below to get them changed over for FREE!

Hint: If your home isn’t running LED Bulbs, please check out the following government incentive that will replace them for FREE.
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Light Fixtures

Light switches get used a lot, often with greasy hands. Take a moment to look and give them a quick wipe to make sure they are clean and shiny.

Smoke Detectors

If you are running smoke detectors that are battery operated, make sure that the battery is up to date and that the unit is operational. These are a legal requirement and for the sake of $5-$10 for a battery, it isn’t worth the hassle.

The Kitchen

The heart of a home

Oven

The dreaded oven. It is always a good idea to make sure that the oven is nice and clean on the inside as well as the outside.

Hint: Check out this oven cleaning technique which will save you hours of work – Click Here

Dishwasher

Dishwashers are fantastic for washing your dishes but sometimes the cleaning of the dishwasher itself is neglected. Make sure that the drain is clear and it is worthwhile going to your local supermarket to buy some dishwasher cleaner.

Don’t forget to make sure your dishwasher is clean on the outside and free of finger prints.

Sink

Make sure your sink is shining. This is quite an easy task when you use the best cleaners and tools for the job.

Hint: Check out this great video of cleaning your kitchen tips – Click Here

Fridge & Freezer

Although most times you don’t want to sell your fridge and freezer with the property, it is still important when selling your home to make sure that they are clutter free. Remove bills and personal belongings from the front and sides of the appliances. This makes sure that personal information is not display during photography and 3D Virtual Tour filming.

Bedrooms

Beds

Make sure the bedrooms in your home are clean, free of clutter and looks amazing.
A nice doona cover, 4 pillows and a throw rug on a bed make it look great and give it a styled look. If you don’t have a nice doona cover to put on your bed, a lot of the time Harris Scarfe, Myer, Kmart, and Target have them on sale.

Bedside Lamps

Make sure that the lamps match and both have matching globes with the same colour light.
This is particularly important for photos.

Bathrooms & Ensuites

Showers & Baths

Make sure your shower is sparkling clean, with no water marks on the tiles and glass.
Also check the drain and make sure no hair is stuck in there looking unslightly.
This can be achieved simply and easily by using the right tools for the job.

Hint: Check out the following articles and methods that will save you hours – Click Here

Fans

Take a moment to take the fan cover off and give it a vacuum or wash.
This makes the fan run better and improves the effectiveness of the fan.
It also assists in removal of unwanted dust.

Selling Your Home

Selling your home online

Using old and outdated methods of selling your home is like setting up shop in the middle of no where and hoping someone might come along.
By utilising platforms such as www.realestate.com.au and www.domain.com.au  you are putting your best foot forward and exposing your property to as many viewers as possible. These websites are no doubt the supermarkets of the housing market in Australia. If you want to buy a home, you go here.

360 Degree Photography

Using old and outdated methods of selling your home is like setting up shop in the middle of no where and hoping someone might come along.
By utilising platforms such as www.realestate.com.au and www.domain.com.au  you are putting your best foot forward and exposing your property to as many viewers as possible. These websites are no doubt the supermarkets of the housing market in Australia. If you want to buy a home, you go here.

Couple your online marketing with a 360 Virtual Tour by Jolt Media, you are on your way to selling your property in the most effortless way.

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