Strategies for readying your home to sell in spring

Even though sales outcomes tend to be stronger in spring, more sellers and a larger number of properties mean more competition for your property. This means you’ll still need to have a focused strategy to boost your chances of a great sale outcome. Ideally this strategy will include property staging and presentation. Follow these tips to maximise your property’s appeal to buyers.

Spring clean

Start with a complete spring clean to get your house ready for the sale. Clean glass doors and windows from the outside and inside. Remove cobwebs and give everything a good dusting and vacuum. Wash curtains and dust blinds, lighting, and other fixtures. Clean and polish door knobs, mirrors, switches, taps, and fittings.

Have your carpets professionally steam cleaned. Wipe down cupboards and all exterior and interior surfaces like closet doors as well as shelves and drawers. Pay particular attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and have your tiles and grouting cleaned by experts if necessary.

Increase curb appeal

First impressions count when it comes to buyers’ opinions, so make your exteriors stand out. Tidy up your front and back garden by clearing away any clutter from your front yard. Use a pressure washer to hose down driveways and garden pathways and make sure you remove any oil stains. Rake away dead leaves, prune dead winter growth, and do a thorough weeding. Have your roof and gutters cleaned by professionals. Remove any large bushes and trim away tree branches to clear the exterior view for prospective buyers.

Trim your lawn edges for a clean and orderly look. Fix dead, bald, or yellowing lawn patches by seeding and fertilising these spots. Adding small improvements like mulch can make a big difference while reducing the need for ongoing weeding. Get rid of any shabby-looking outdoor items like rusting deck chairs and creaking swing sets.

Consider repainting fences, exterior walls, and the letter box. For a pop of colour, add flowers and green shrubbery to your front garden. Don’t forget to fertilise your lawn and garden beds for vibrant springtime growth. Make an impact by introducing statement pots and plants to your entrance. Remember to keep up with watering to keep your lawn, flowers and trees to keep them looking their best.

Remove personal items

Take the opportunity to declutter your house by throwing away or donating anything you’re not using. Remove as many personal effects from your property as possible. Decluttering makes your interiors and storage spaces look more spacious, and depersonalising your home provides potential buyers with a blank canvas to imagine the house as theirs.

Remove family photos, souvenirs, and accolades. Consider putting oversized, worn-looking, or clashing furniture pieces into storage. Anything you leave, like clothing hanging in your closet and plates in cupboards, should be in good condition and tidily arranged.

Accessorise the interior

Staging your property allows you to target specific demographics and possibly achieve a better price. An experienced real estate agent is your best adviser when it comes to staging. He/she can pinpoint the special features and guide you on how to highlight these with staging.

So what exactly does staging involve? You could rent furniture, artwork, and additional accessories to accentuate your property’s top features. These can be used to repurpose rooms – such as turning an extra bedroom into a nursery or a home office – depending on your target demographic.

You can add basic touches yourself, such as updating old towels, rugs, and linen with new ones. Draw back the blinds to let in natural light and add fresh bouquets of flowers. During inspections, the agent might recommend added elements like relaxing music and pleasing aromas with baking cookies and freshly brewed coffee.

Do any necessary repairs and maintenance

Take an objective look at your interiors and note any flaws, defects, or damage. Repair leaky taps, loose doorknobs, and faulty light switches. Give damaged walls a fresh coat of paint, and consider having carpet stains removed by professionals. If you have timber flooring, think about having them restrained.

Work with an expert

real estate agent works closely with you at every step of your sale, ensuring you’re staging and preparing your property correctly. He/she can check you’re working off an accurate value for your home and assist with your contracts and paperwork.

Spring is a busy time for both buyers and sellers, and your agent can help make your property stand out and successfully market it to your target demographic. In addition, you could have the full confidence that it’s truly the right time to sell if you have the help of a real estate expert who knows your local market.

Settling the Sale and Moving In

Finally it is time to settle the sale of the home you have purchased at auction but there are many things you’ll need to organise between the time you sign the contract of sale and the settlement date. Here are a few of the important considerations.

Plus here are some tips on moving home to help you make it as stress free as possible.

Settling your real estate purchase…you’re nearly there

What You Need to Remember

Finally, it is time to settle the sale of the home you have purchased at auction. There are however many things you’ll need to organise between the time you sign the contract of sale and the settlement date.

During the settlement period, you will need to fulfil the conditions outlined in the contract of sale as well as any other obligations you have.

Finance

Before the settlement date rolls around, you will need to contact your mortgage lender and organise your finance for the home. Whether you’re closing a bridging loan, using a loan portability feature or taking out another mortgage, your finance needs to be organised as soon as possible.

The balance of the home is due on settlement day and will usually be paid to the seller once the lender has authorised the payment.

Conditions

If you outlined any special conditions in your contract of sale, now is the time to fulfil these. For instance, the sale of your home may be subject to an inspection, valuation or some type of work by the owner.

For a smooth transaction, this needs to be organised well in advance to ensure everything is completed by settlement day.

Handover

Once both parties and solicitors have written to the agent to confirm the sale has settled, the agent can organise the handover of the keys to the new owner.

This can take a couple of hours to be finalised, so it’s a good idea to organise your removalists to come to your home the day after settlement.

Moving On and Moving In

Congratulations! You have just purchased another home and are now on your way to becoming a seasoned real estate buyer.

Taking possession of your new home is an exciting time. Startingfresh in a brand new property and moving all of your furniture is sure to be a fun experience for everyone.

You will need to organise a few things in advance before you make the transition from your old home into your new one.

Get to know the neighbourhood

As a new member of the neighbourhood, you may feel a little nervous about where the best amenities are and what your neighbours are like.

Take some time to explore your new suburb. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to your immediate neighbours next door or across the road.

Once you’ve met, they can provide you with some helpful information. For example, they might know the best hidden restaurants in the area or which road to take to avoid morning traffic.

Another way to learn more about your neighborhood is to go for a walk during the weekend. Head to the nearest shops, parks or beaches to get a true feel of your new home. Who knows, you might make a wonderful discovery on your journey, such as a new favorite cafe or shop!