• Ben Percival

Add Value to your Property | GAME DAY

Step 5: Put your Best Foot Forwards // Part 9

It's game on! All these months of hard work and effort to present your home in it's best light as buyers pile in, are about to come together!

Treat your home like a product, displaying the property at its absolute best during an inspection, to make buyers feel at ease. Give your asset the opportunity to shine, you've worked hard for it!

A few final recommendations to cross your Ts and dot your Is. After all, you want improve the chances of a buyer wanting to come back for a second inspection and perhaps even signing a contract!

1. Allow Full Access

  • Ensure your agent has the keys to all additional locked areas that may need to be inspected, such as garden sheds, garage, and granny flat.

2. Avoid Crowd Scenes

  • I recommend owners/tenants leave the property during inspections, so prospective buyers feels comfortable viewing your home.

  • You don't want buyers hurrying through, rather than giving your house the attention it deserves. If you cannot leave, keep any company present to the absolute minimum.

  • Entering a home filled with people may make buyers feel like intruders. If possible, keep children or pets out of the house or secluded to avoid impacting buyers.

3. Safety First

  • You know where the booby traps are: extension cords, slippery rugs and low hung lights. A potential buyer won’t enjoy the surprise.

  • Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for potential buyers!

4. Keep your Privates Private

  • Remove anything you wouldn't want someone to see from the property, out of the way of prying eyes.

  • Remove valuable items, putting them in a safe location and out of obvious sight. Carry cash, identification and credit cards with you.

5. Create

  • Any staged setting you create should appropriately reflect the character of your home. Resist the urge to go overboard with details

  • Improve traffic and keep the flow patterns easy by removing excess furniture. Make sure all doors can be opened fully and easily.

  • Comforting smells and soft background music can be used to create atmosphere and a sense of serenity.

6. Set the Scene

  • This is the fun part of preparing your house! Use colour, lighting and accessories to emphasise the best features of your house, but be careful not to create distracting clutter!

  • Small details can enhance the appearance of a room, making it more attractive and appealing. Set the scene, for example by setting the table with an attractive arrangement, an open cookbook in the kitchen etc.

  • If your home boasts a separate laundry, spruce it up and proudly show this asset!

7. Don’t turn your open home into an Op Shop

  • When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may wind up losing the biggest sale of all!

You've made it through the entire process of selling - from contemplation, through renovation, all the way to action! Preparing your home for inspections regularly may get tedious, but remember that this is the final hurrah and the most important detail, before handing the keys over to a new owner.

My 5 Step Strategy took a few very long winded turns, but I hope this series has helped shed some light on the wild ride that is selling your home! I'll be taking a little break from blogging & I'll be back soon with plenty more information! Is there any topic you're keen to know more about?

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