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Six tips to getting your house sale-ready

03 Nov 2016

If the time has come to sell, preparing your property can feel like a daunting task... to help you out, here are six expert tips from Harcourts that will help you get started and make sure your house is looking its best for potential buyers on open day.

These tips won’t just make your house more attractive to prospective buyers, it may also potentially increase the sale price too. Win win.

Have street appeal

What's the street appeal of your home? Mow the lawns, make sure the hedging is neat and plant fresh flowers so that visitors fall in love with your home from the get-go. Talk to your local Resene ColorShop staff about quick ways to freshen up the outside using paint – even painting your mail box could make a difference.

Get the look with Resene Reflection and Resene Poppy

Dress to impress

Dress your house to what kind of buyer you think will be most interested... your real estate agent will be able to help you with this. If it's most likely to be a family, add details and homewares throughout the home to portray a family-friendly setting – from hanging four towels in the bathroom to four toothbrushes on the vanity. 

But don't overwhelm

In saying that, make sure the home isn't just filled with your stuff. People like to visualise their own belongings in their potential new home, so keep it homely but uncluttered. Once again, your agent can give you tips on minimalist styling.

Spring clean!

It's common sense to present a clean home when putting it on the market. And don't neglect the little details, such as clearing the ceiling corners of cobwebs and replacing old shampoo bottles or raggedy towels.  Don't be afraid to ask friends and family to help out, or to give a final appraisal of the house before you have an open home.

Give it some flair

Your house is almost ready... but what about some stand out design details? Things such as colourful linen on the beds is a clever way to brighten up a room. It doesn’t need to be extravagant to be beautiful, and the benefit is that you can take the bedding with you when you sell.

Get the look with Resene Half Black White

And on the day...

On open home day, brew a fresh pot of coffee or tea (even freshly baked goods wouldn’t go astray); this will make any potential buyers feel welcome and comfortable.

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