How To Prepare Your Home For Sale In Sydney’s Inner City

July 6th, 2018 - by Brad Gillespie

There’s a lot of advice out there about how to prepare your home for sale, but not all of it has a significant impact on the final sale price, costing you unnecessary time and money.

Here’s your step-by-step to-do list of the essentials when preparing your home for sale in Sydney’s inner city, so you can make a good impression at your open house.

Step 1: Check for damage and organise inspections

Before you put your home on the market, it’s a good idea to have the property inspected for any possible damage so you can be sure of a smooth sales process once an offer is made. These inspections can check for:

  • Water damage and plumbing
  • Issues with the electrical system
  • Structural issues
  • Pests, like insects or rodents

Identifying any problems in advance also means you can factor any required work into your plan for pre-sale repairs.

Step 2: Necessary renovations and repairs

If you’re looking to sell quickly or your property is in good condition, it’s possible that you won’t need to do any work before putting it on the market, but this can be an important step for homes that need a bit of TLC. But don’t worry about taking on a large-scale renovation – it’s more about patching up cracks in the tiles than redoing a perfectly fine bathroom.

Some common fixes might include:

  • Repainting walls
  • Repairing cracks in plaster and tiles
  • Fixing broken windows
  • Having broken appliances repaired or replaced
  • Replacing old curtains or blinds
  • Replacing old carpet
  • Adding new light fittings or fixtures

If you’re unsure if your property needs work before going on the market, an experienced real estate agent will be your best advisor. Get in touch with me today to discuss how to add value to your home before selling.

Step 3: Consider styling and curb appeal

Home styling may seem insignificant in the bigger picture of a property sale, but it can help prospective buyers see themselves living in your home, increasing the chances of a successful sale. The key point of effective home styling is appealing to the masses, so consider painting any bold-coloured walls in a neutral colour and remove anything that is too much in your own personal taste. A professional stylist can be a great asset in this process, so contact me if you’d like recommendations.

Equally important to the styling is the property’s curb appeal, as the exterior is the first thing prospective buyers will see when they arrive for the open house. This is particularly important if you own a house, but it’s good to keep the exterior in mind if you own an apartment too. To make the exterior look its best, you should:

  • Tidy gardens and mow the lawn
  • Remove any rubbish
  • Mend or repaint any damaged or faded features, like awnings or letterboxes
  • Clean the windows

Step 4: Clean and declutter before the open house

Even a slightly messy house can have a huge effect on how buyers view the home, so a thorough clean up is essential. In the lead-up to the first open house, you should clean all surfaces in the property, focussing on the following:

  • Cleaning bathrooms and the kitchen, as these rooms draw a lot of attention
  • Having the carpets professionally cleaned
  • Cleaning windows, blinds and curtains
  • Cleaning all smaller details, including light fittings and fixtures

Now is also a good time to declutter, especially if extra items you’ve been holding on to are being stored in open spaces.

If you’re considering selling your home in the inner city and would like advice on how to prepare it for sale, contact me today.