With house prices lower than expected and a glut of homes on the market for an average of 60 days, you need every trick in the book to make yours stand out.
“We had ours on the market for ages, but it wasn’t until we got rid of all our stuff, repainted in neutrals and got it dressed professionally that we finally sold it,” says one seller about a recent sale in Sydney’s Epping.
We asked Interior Designer Stefan Vogt of Seven Metres Square in Sydney for five simple tips to help your home grab the buyers’ attention. If all else fails, you can go the whole hog and get it dressed professionally too.
- De-clutter. Get rid of anything you don’t love, need or use – and basically you don’t need anything you don’t love or use! Especially that stuff that’s stored away to be used “one day” – a day that never comes.
- Update soft furnishings like scatter cushions in fashionable neutral tones. This can be done cheaply and tastefully by shopping at discount department stores, like K-Mart and Target. Replace ratty towels as well for matching fluffy ones to update your bathroom (even if you only get two for use at your open home inspections)
- Keep family photos to a minimum – you don’t want potential purchasers feeling like they are invading your space and life. They need to visualise themselves in your house.
- Keep any overt religious artefacts or political memorabilia locked away – it’s not that you should be ashamed of these things, just that you don’t want to miss out on attracting purchasers who don’t share those views – again they need to picture themselves in your space.
- Minor repairs done – so buyers see they don’t have to make huge investments after purchase to just make it liveable. This includes broken door knobs, dripping showers, squeaky door hinges, creaky stairs, peeling paint, rickety palings on the fence and so forth. If you are not a DIYer, these jobs can easily be outsourced to a handyman.