Selling your home is an exciting time, but it can also be a nerve-wracking one. What if buyers aren’t interested in your home or it’s valued at a much lower price than you expected? Before selling your home, there are some things that you need to do to get it ready for viewings and make it appealing to buyers. Put your home’s best foot forward and present it at the highest standard. It’s probably your biggest asset, so you want to maximise the amount you sell it for.
The home shown here is one of Mosman’s most extraordinary grand estates, ‘Somers’. The home is set on 2,936sqm of wonderfully private and secluded grounds. Exquisitely renovated in the Hamptons style, this is a unique opportunity to reside in one of Mosman’s finest landmark properties: 14A Lennox Street, Mosman NSW 2088 and it is listed on domain.com.au represented by McGrath Mosman.
Below are five factors you need to address before open house viewings, to help create the best impression of your home:
1. Ensure the home sparkles and gleams
I think it goes without saying that a dirty or messy home doesn’t give the best impression and will be an instant-turn off for potential buyers. Your home needs to be show room clean. When you’re in the process of selling your home, you should make an effort to stay on top of the cleaning to make sure your home always looks pristine. Focus on the floors and surfaces in particular for polished perfection. It might be a wise idea to hire a professional cleaner to ensure that you have as stress free time as possible, as this level of cleaning is hard work. This will free you up to focus on other things while someone else gets your home looking sparkling.
2. Make sure the property has been thoroughly pest controlled
Pests are unwelcome at the best of times, but especially when you’re trying to sell your home. When going through a period of viewings, make sure that you do a sweep for pests such as cockroaches, ants and termites. If you spot anything that shouldn’t be there, make sure you call pest control to get them sorted. Having pests in your home can be unpleasant, so get help straight away to avoid your pest problems becoming worse.
3. Create a fragrance scheme to suit to lifestyle of potential buyers
When visitors first walk into your home, one of the first things they’ll notice is the smell. Creating a fragrance scheme can make a great impression on your potential buyers and make your home feel more welcoming. If you’re unsure of which scents to choose, then this guide to choosing candles and room fragrance could help. When I was the Brand Manager at Winning Appliances, we would buy the par bake rolls to fill the show room with the scent of fresh bread, and every Tuesday the staff would make a roast. In the store in Redfern there was coffee for clients, baking biscuits. Those smells are wholesome and natural and immediately make a potential buy feel at home. Scent marketing is extensively used in retail. Companies like Sheridan and Country Road have their own signature scent that is dispersed through the store. Be careful though as some smells that are too strong or fake, such as air freshioners, or even some heavily fragranced candles may put people off. The thing that attracts me is the smell of fresh flowers as one walks in. Especially lilies, peonies, magnolia, real roses and jasmine.
4. What’s outside counts too, especially in “Somers” with it’s landscaped lawns and pool
While the inside of your home is important for impressing potential buyers, the outside needs to look good too. Make sure that your front lawn is landscaped and free of clutter and debris to give people the right impression. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and make sure all paths and driveways are clean. Many people might decide to visit a house based on seeing the ‘for sale’ sign outside, so giving the right impression is important for potential sales.
5. Look for ways to add value
Adding value to your home doesn’t have to involve costly extensions or expensive home improvements – there are little things you can do to help add value to your property. Take a look at these great tips for adding value to your home to give you the inspiration you need. If you’re considering larger home improvements, consider how much value they will actually add to your home to help you decide whether or not they’re worth pursuing.
While there are many things that buyers look for in a modern home, getting the basics right is important. Take care of the simple things to help get your home ready for house viewings and be ready to welcome those eager potential buyers.