Winning Real Estate Selling Tips From Our Agents and Darren Palmer
98% of agents say styling your property helps it sell
Our Top Agents Agree Styling Makes a Big Difference
Competition is high in the real estate market and buyers are out in droves looking for their first home, their dream home or an investment...but how do you make your property stand out from the crowd, attract more buyer attention and sell quickly? The answer from 50 of our top agents is to 'Style your Property to Sell'.
98% of our agents who we surveyed believe that styling a property to sell will achieve a higher sales price.
83% of our top agents believe styling can add over 2.5% to your propertys sale value. So if you had a property worth $600,000 that's an additional 15,000...alot of money!
92% of our agents believe it helped influence a quicker sale and 88% believed it triggerd multiple offers through private treaty and more bidders on auction day.
Darren Palmer Shares His Expert Styling Tips on Two Key Areas of the Home
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying – “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” - well this statement is certainly true for the front of your home.
This is the first thing people see, so you want to make sure your property looks great from the street. As soon as a buyer arrives you want them to be excited about coming in to take a closer look.
Spending just a few hours on improving the entrance and front garden will help you make a great first impression.
Here are some easy ideas to transform the front of your home – be warned though you’ll need to get your hands dirty.
A Good Front Gate
Firstly make sure your front gate is clean and in good condition – it’s the first thing people come in contact with – so check yours out and get it swinging.
Neat Clean and Cared For
Clean out your gutters and make sure your roof and windows are clean and free of spider webs.
Spend some time sweeping the paths and staircases and weed and trim the garden beds. Maybe add some flowering plants to bring in a bit of colour.
Having a neat and well cared for front garden gets potential buyers excited about finding out more – that’s the feeling you are trying to create.
Keep Garbage out of Sight
Make sure your garbage bins are out of sight and clear out your letter box each day in case people are driving past - you want buyers to feel this is a loved and cared for home.
Add a path
If you don’t have an established path, consider laying one to help guide your buyers to your front door. I think plain white pavers look great against a green lawn but there are many great options to choose from depending on what your budget and taste is like. They will make a big difference to your entrance.
The Kitchen - The Room that Sells
The kitchen is the one room that can make or break a sale. As it’s usually the most expensive room in any home, prospective buyers don’t want to see a kitchen that needs a total upgrade.
This doesn’t mean a total re-fit, but there are some small things you can do to make your kitchen more appealing.
Clear the clutter
If you have more on your kitchen benches than in the cupboards - you need to clear the clutter!
A Fresh Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in a drab kitchen, especially if cooking splatters have become a feature! Don’t forget your worn tiles too - a little primer and paint can make a huge difference here as well.
Buyers know just how expensive a new oven or dishwasher can be, so they may shy away from your house if they think they’ll need to spend up big on replacements for these appliances.
If your appliances are out of date, consider replacing them - it may turn out to be a worthwhile investment.
Do up your doors
This is an easy fix – update your cabinet doors it will give your kitchen a whole new look. If entirely new doors are outside your budget don’t worry - you can make a huge difference by simply replacing the handles of your cupboards and drawers.
Lift the lighting
Lighting is very important in any room but no more so than in the kitchen. I suggest installing fluorescent or spot lights under the top cupboard or perhaps add a pendant light as an elegant alternative to spot lighting.
Many people think that replacing a scratched and stained benchtop is just too costly, but not all benchtop materials are that expensive. You could consider laminate or corian as this investment could save your sale!
Fix the Floor
If your kitchen floor is a little worse for wear, lift the lino and if you have them, polish the floorboards underneath - if they are in good enough condition - otherwise lay vinyl flooring, which is easy to clean. Alternatively you may like to use tiles for a contemporary cool feeling.