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Five steps to preparing and cleaning your home for a fast sale this spring

They say that selling a home is one of the most stressful events you can go through. However with the guidance of a professional local agent (like James Worrsam and Ben Jackson @ Great Ocean Road Real Estate) nearly all the stress of selling can be removed by attending to some simple pre-sale presentation preparation. A clean, well presented home makes all the difference. Simply follow the steps below and you’ll be well on your way to a fast sale.

Step 1. Declutter

Clutter makes people feel uncomfortable, even if they can’t pinpoint why. A simply decorated home with minimal items around helps create a relaxed ambience. As much as you love those old family photos and travel souvenirs, buyers want to imagine themselves creating new memories in the home. Not reliving yours. So hide them away, at least during an open home. Place any non-essential items into boxes in preparation for moving day. Get rid of any odds and ends on tables, desks or benchtops. If you have a lot of furniture, store it somewhere out of the way.

Step 2. Fresh smells

There’s a long-held belief that the smell of freshly baked cookies makes a home more likely to sell. While it might do the trick, we’re going to keep things simpler than that. For this, we recommend trusty old baking soda. It really is the miracle cleaning solution and absorbs stains and smells. Sprinkle a bit over the carpets and sofas, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then vacuum. This will neutralise any stale odours you may not even notice.

Step 3. Dust

It’s easy to think that we know our place better than anyone else, and that may be true … except for a prospective buyer. If someone is dropping north of $800,000 dollars then you bet they’ll be doing their due diligence. You should dust every corner of your home, ensure all light switches, shelves, cupboards and the oven rangehood are free of it.

Step 4. Clear the garage

Almost every home I visit has a garage full of “stuff”, and there’s no better time to clear this out than right before you sell. Empty it out as best you can, pack things away in boxes or on shelving to ensure it looks tidy.

Step 5. Take drastic measures

The final step is to do the types of clear out that wouldn’t even be considered in a regular spring clean. While the following tasks aren’t essential, they will enhance the appeal of your home:

·        Remove old curtains to improve lighting

·        Paint common areas a standard white

·        Scrub the bathrooms until they shine

By ensuring your home is looking clean, smelling fresh and free of clutter you’ll be almost assured to generate buyer competition and sell for a great price.

If we can help with some suggestions on how to best present your home for sale please call Ben Jackson or James Worssam to arrange an appointment.

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Ben Jackson                                                                  James Worssam

ben@greatoceanroadrealestate.com.au                          james@greatoceanroadrealestate.com.au

0437 380 706                                                                 0418 585 815

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