5 Ways to Prepare Your Property for a Summer Sale
5 Ways to Make your Home More Appealing
Summer is around the corner and for those of you who are looking to sell before Christmas here are some easy home improvement tips to make your home shine and be more appealing for summer buyers.
Plant some plants
Want to know some fast facts? A report from the NSW government affirms that one tree can cool to the power of 10 air conditioners running continuously, while filtering around 27,000 kilograms of pollutants from the air every year.
Furthermore, housing that is in well-planted areas usually attract higher rents and sale prices. So slip on your gardening gloves and get planting! It is an easy way to add colour to your home's exterior, which benefits the curb appeal for onlookers.
Create an outdoor living area
What red-blooded Australian doesn't enjoy soaking up the sun's rays on the deck outside, drink in one hand and spatula in the other, with the delicious aroma of sizzling produce in their nostrils?
Having an inviting outdoor living area could be what differentiates your home from others on the market, helping to drive up the price tag. It's certainly not a new idea, as a report from Westpac shows in the four years to November 2014, renovations rose 147 per cent.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics states that the average Aussie household spends around $62 a year on outdoor furniture. You will probably have to spend more than that, but the end result could be more value added to your home!
Keep it cool
While it can be great to bathe in the warmth of summer, it's nice to be able to retreat to an efficiently air-conditioned home from time to time.
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science asserts that heating and cooling is responsible for the majority of the average Aussie power bill, at around 40 per cent. Therefore, having an effective and efficient heating system that can keep your potential home buyers cool while it's hot outside could certainly work to your benefit.
Repair the niggly things
If there are little things in your home that have always bugged you but you've never gotten around to fixing them, now is the perfect time!
Potential home buyers that walk through your property will be looking for any reason not to buy. Therefore, it's a good idea to finally repair that leaky faucet in your bathroom, the cracked tile in your kitchen and the peeling wallpaper in your bedroom.
Clean and tidy
Obviously you want to give your home a spruce up to present it in the best possible light. By removing all your personal effects and putting a bit of elbow grease into cleaning, you will effectively be presenting your dwelling to the home buyers as a blank canvas.
However, Consumer Affairs Victoria states that while it is a good idea to make your home look immaculate, it's unacceptable to mislead buyers by covering up any potential faults.