Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tips to Help Your Sale; It doesna[euro][TM]t Take Much to Make It Inviting

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tips to Help Your Sale; It doesna[euro][TM]t Take Much to Make It Inviting

Article excerpt

Sales Talk

with Vikki Berardi

INSPECTIONS are like a first date. You only get one chance to make that first impression. Set your property up for inspection success with these simple tips.

Clean up

Yes, itas Captain Obvious, but youad be surprised. Make sure your whole property is neat and tidy when buyers arrive, including the garden and outside areas.

Dust, vacuum, scrub, wash, buff a make all those annoying tasks earn their keep.

Donat forget to clean inside ovens, cupboards and wardrobes, in case potential buyers indulge a snoop.

Remove shoes from the entrance and any hazards people might trip over.

Get the abig cleana out of the way in advance, then keep your place in good condition while your place is on the market. That way you should only need a refresh to prepare for a new inspection date, rather than a top-to-bottom makeover. Donat forget the mailbox and the bins.

Enlist a professional declutterer if you need a hand - or a friend might even help out. Get a second opinion who can review objectively.

Invite light and air

AIR out your home thoroughly before the inspection, so it feels as fresh and clean as possible. If potential buyers feel stuffy theyall head straight for the door.

If the weather and security permits, crack open a window or two during the inspections themselves, so air keeps flowing through. Draw back curtains and blinds to bring in as much as light as possible and show off your house from the street.

Get rid of animal smells

One of the most common complaints from potential buyers at open for inspections are those tell tale signs you share your home with someone furry. Deodorise your property and get someone who doesnat normally live there to confirm youare clear.

Clean traces of hair from floors and furniture, stow feeding bowls and toys. Remove any litter boxes or droppings from the yard, and give your pets a vacation during inspections.

Personal touches

A personal touch here and here helps your home feel less staged or artificial, and can spark an emotional connection with a buyer.

One idea is to gather up photos that show off your house (at its best, of course) and put them in an album for people to flick through if theyare curious or inspired. …

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