Hi, my name is Damian and this is the story of my life. I have been pretty lucky. I had parents who loved me and I went to a pretty good school and got a nice job. Last year, I married a wonderful woman. However, something was missing from my life. I realised that I didn't live in the kind of house I wanted to live in. I wanted a bigger house with a garden. And I wanted to own the house rather than renting it. I was put in contact with a real estate agent who really helped me to understand the housing market and he found me a great place and at fantastic price.
While the real estate market is very buoyant in Australia, buyers are still looking to get exceptional value. You need to make sure that your home really stands out if you want to be successful as quickly as possible. You may wonder how you can make a difference without spending thousands of dollars on a renovation, when all you're doing is trying to sell. The good news is that there are a number of different ways to boost your home's value in the marketplace at very little cost. What should you consider?
Are You Seeing the Right Picture?
Before you start, make sure that you are able to see the "wood from the trees," or in other words, get somebody else to give you an unbiased opinion about your home. Ask them to pretend that they are a buyer and tell you what they think needs to be changed.
Dealing With the Outside First
You need to ensure that your home has curb appeal. This is where the first impression will be made, so you need to make sure that the garden is in tiptop condition. The grass needs to be green, with no weeds or bare spots. The facade, windows and doors have to be perfectly clean.
Your Furniture Is Part of the Image
While you may only be selling the house and not its contents, don't underestimate the impression that your gear will give to prospective buyers. Make sure that your furniture is well presented and, most importantly, well laid out. If you have any defective lightbulbs or loose fittings, fix them now.
Putting Out the Mat
Sometimes, it is the little things that count. Try decorating the front door area by putting some nice plants on either side of the door, and lay down a welcome mat to give visitors a nice feeling.
Open It Up
Take advantage of natural light and let the sunshine in as much as possible. You may prefer the look of a cave, but most buyers want to see something bright and cheerful.
It's Got to Be in Good Condition
If you really don't like cleaning, spend the money to get a professional, deep cleaning done this one time. This includes having someone polish your tile floor (if you have one) so that you can be sure that everything is shiny, germfree and spotless.
Showing the Potential
If you have a particularly large house and are not using some of the rooms, try to repurpose them so that prospective visitors can imagine their worth. You might want to create an additional bedroom out of one of them, or turn it into a study for the time being.
It's Worth the Trouble
The more effort that you make to set your house apart, the more chance that you have of selling it to the first viewer. If you want any additional tips, get in touch with a real estate agency like Carter Real Estate for advice.