Give your home a ‘show-house’ makeover – advice from a RE/MAX agent

Are you ready to sell your home? Don’t just list it without any preparation in advance.

Although your home may be your castle, you need to take a step back and look at it from a buyer’s perspective.

RE/MAX Dolphin Realtors agent of the month, Alan Le Vieux, has been part of the RE/MAX family for 16 years and during that time, he has learnt a great deal about the importance of marketing a presentable and attractive home.

A few minor touch-ups can go a long way towards making a favourable impression on potential buyers.

RE/MAX Dolphin Realtors agent of the month, Alan Le Vieux.

“A first impression is a lasting impression when buying a home.

“If you invest a little into making your home stand out above the rest, you’ll save a lot of time and money,” said Le Vieux.

These are a few things home owners should keep in mind when trying to sell their home:

Work from the outside in

“When a prospective buyer visits your home, they take note of every feature from the moment they arrive at your front gate,” said Le Vieux.

“Maintain your gutters, touch up those spots that need a coat of paint, hire a garden service, clean your pool and make sure your home is just as presentable outside as it is inside.”

Asking an unbiased friend or trusted property consultant to take a walk around the property could also work in your favour, as they could spot certain problem areas which you may have missed.

Clear out the clutter

You want buyers to focus on how awesome your space is, not how messy it looks.

Banish that pile of shoes from the entrance hall, that stack of mail from the kitchen table and anything else that detracts from your home’s gorgeous features.

“Make sure dishes are cleaned and packed away, clothes are put in the cupboard and stray coffee mugs are removed from the lounge or study.”

Get rid of personal items

When a prospective buyer walks through your home, they want to be able to envision themselves living happily in that space.

Remove anything overly personal, such as posters on the bedroom walls and years of your children’s artwork on the fridge, and give your home a ‘show-house’ makeover.

Clean, clean, clean

“Wipe down the kitchen counters, dust the fan blades, clean those windows and most importantly, make sure the bathroom is sparkling,” said Le Vieux.

“Make the beds with clean linen and pack away any unnecessary laundry.”

Every day is show day

When you’re selling your home, you need to make sure it is presentable 24/7.

Be prepared to have buyers visiting your home at any time.

Every morning, ensure your home is clean, tidy and welcoming before you leave. If you’re determined to sell, you’ll need to make sure it ‘show-house’ ready at all times.

If you’re ready to put your home on the market, contact Alan Le Vieux on 082 450 7231 or email [email protected] today!

The North Coast Courier

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