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Spruce up homes before inspection

IT SEEMS dirty dishes, fluoro paint and unexplained bad smells aren't impressing prospective buyers.

Homes seem to be sitting on the market for hundreds of days without any interest in sight.

When it comes to sale, presentation seems to be the key when it comes to handing over yours.

Darryl Evans, of Darryl Evans Real Estate, said it came down to the simple things when opening houses for inspection.

"A home needs to be clean and tidy without clutter and not smelling," he said.

"You'd be surprised at how many people don't cut the grass and leave their dirty dishes in the sink.

"If you have dogs, remove them while the inspection is on."

Mr Evans said when renovating a home, people need to be careful not to over-capitalise.

"Just because you like some psychedelic, freaked-out shade of green doesn't mean others will," he said.

"It's best to stick to neutral colours if you're renovating for profit."

Property manager at Landmark Harcourts Johanna Zolg said, from a rental perspective, she recommended removing clutter from the home.

"Just get rid of it," she said.

"You're obviously moving so pack it into boxes and store it away.

"Most homes also do well with some new paint or new floor coverings.

"Small touches like blinds and light fittings shouldn't be forgotten either."

Helen Harm, of Helen Harm Real Estate, said a tastefully decorated home was more appealing to buyers.

"Presentation is 90% of the sale," she said.

"It needs to be almost like a display home.

"Tastefully decorated homes give the sense of value; it needs to be presented in the best way possible."

 

Hot tips

  • Put away all personal items, no-one wants to see your cigarette butt collection.
  • Make sure there are no dirty dishes on the bench or in the sink
  • Give the lawn a quick mow and pick up rubbish
  • Remove or restrain pets
  • Make beds
  • Clean windows
  • Think soft, neutral colours when renovating for profit
  • Display the home in the best possible way


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