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Preparing Your Property for Sale This Autumn

By Kevin Kelly

March is the busiest time of year for property sales. Whilst studies have shown that summer and spring bring more listings to the property market, it is autumn which records the most sales.

Here are some tips to get your home ready for sale in March:

Declutter – Most homes are full of the owner’s furniture, photos and other personal affects. Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer and imagine how the property will look when they add their own touch. Remove all excess furniture, photos and other unnecessary items and place them in storage during open for inspections.

Perform a quick cosmetic renovation – Simply replacing the carpet and repainting is affordable and instantly refreshes any home.

Style your property – Your souvenirs, heirlooms and children’s artwork add personality to your home but they may not be the next buyer’s cup of tea. Stick with simple furniture and a neutral colour palette so potential buyers can imagine how they would add their own touch.

The more pristine your property, the more emotional buyers become when they see they can move in straight away. And a pristine property brings in more demand, which can drive the price up.

At the same time, many buyers are put off by properties that haven’t been redecorated for 20-30 years, because of the huge amount of time and money it takes to get the property ready to move in.

Spending a few thousand dollars on getting your home ready for sale could make you thousands more.

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