Get your house ready to sell this summer while the market is low on stock!

Summer is a hot time of the year to sell, and recent promising price stability is compelling people to consider putting their home on the market. Additionally, properties available for sale have declined and are holding back sales activity. So, in short, there is currently much opportunity for vendors willing to make a move now. Here are twelve things that you can do to ensure your property is presented at its best.

1.  Get an appraisal – I am expertly skilled at assessing value and integrate my knowledge of the neighbourhood and the current market while crunching the numbers. Appraisals should always be pressure-free and come with zero obligation. It never hurts just to see where you are sitting, right?

  1. Think about first impressions – Before a buyer enters your home, they’ve already formed an opinion based on what they’ve seen from the road. Freshly cut lawns, a well cared for garden or hedge, clean paintwork on the house exterior and water blasted concrete and fences make a huge difference and will make the buyer want to step inside.3. Tidy the outside by giving your landscaping some love, clean the pool, touch-up paint and wash down the exterior of your home with soap and water.4. Declutter and clean – Remove clutter from all your spaces so that potential buyers can visualise themselves in the house. This includes removing very personalized art and family photos.5. Repairs and renovations – Get to those repairs that you have been putting off.  Embrace your inner DIY-er and tackle things like plaster cracks, leaks, rusty squeaky hinges, cracked glass and other things that people are bound to notice.6.  A little front door decor goes a long way for a big welcome to visitors. A fresh new welcome mat, a decorative wreath and some colourful flowers in a large pot will give the entrance a dash of polish.

    7.  Neutralise any odors that may turn off guests as they assess the property. This can include litter boxes, rubbish bins, rich foods smells and perfumes. Air fresheners, open windows and scented candles can work wonders.

    8.  Get to those repairs that you have been putting off.  Embrace your inner DIY-er and tackle things like plaster cracks, leaks, rusty squeaky hinges, cracked glass and other things that people will notice.

    9.  New carpet can be a game changer in giving a room an instant refresh.  Neutral colours and especially those in the gray and beige family will be the best received.

    10.  While it is not a must-do to put your home on the market, it is at least worth a little research and a couple of calls to see what home staging would do for you.

    11.  Call up a professional cleaning service that can give every centimeter of your house a deep clean. Their expertise and attention to detail is worth every cent when trying to entice buyers.

    12. While bold colours may be your choice for aesthetics, many new owners want to walk into a blank palette.  Considering toning down polarizing colours with more muted choices such as warm whites and beiges.

Summer means maintenance time!

Considering some maintenance on your home during the summer months? I have done all of the research for you already, so you can secure the best people for almost anything you may be thinking about for your property. Check out my Helpful Helpers guide for vetted insight on whom to hire to lend a hand. You can download the directory here.