Selling Checklist

A quick checklist to consider
Timberland Real Estate provides the following list to guide you through the process of selling your property.

How does the outside of your home present, is it worth a second look? An inviting entrance creates an important first impression.

Check that things such as roofing, guttering, paint, woodwork and paving are all in good condition. Spending money to fix these things can potentially mean extra money in your pocket come sale time.

Clean windows or any glass balustrades you may have. Also consider having your house professionally cleaned, this is an inexpensive way to instantly lift its appearance.

Mow the lawn regularly, particularly before an open for inspection, trim hedges, rake up the leaves, if you have a pool make it sparkle and hide away any pool equipment.

If you are selling a tenanted property, consider offering the tenant a cleaner to come once or twice a week before the open for inspection. It is money worth spending and a good way to keep your tenant on side.

Bathrooms and kitchens are the most scrutinized by buyers, ensure they are pristine and remove any personal items. Soap scum, mould, old shower curtains and dirty bathroom mirrors should be cleaned, removed or replaced.

Make all the beds, fluff the cushions, vacuum floors, dust shelves and remove cobwebs that may be lurking inside and out.

Ensure your home maximizes light no matter what time of the day it is. Open the curtains and check all light bulbs are working. If you’re holding an evening inspection, light up your garden and consider using a few candles inside to further enhance the ambience.

Selling your home is a great time for a spring clean; less clutter creates an impression of space so remove anything you don’t want to take to your new home. Most local councils will come and collect your rubbish free of charge or for a small fee. Another option is to consider giving your unnecessary household items to a charity, such as The Salvation Army or to hire a self-storage space to de-clutter during the sale process.

Pet odours and hair can be a big turn off for buyers so ensure there is no trace of your pet during inspections. This may mean steam cleaning carpet, hiding away their food and water bowl, toys and bedding.
 
Selling Style Checklist

Make An Entrance - Front Yard
Add interest to your doorway with potted plants
Pave a pathway to your front door
Spruce up your front door with a coat of paint
Consider improving privacy by adding a low wall at the front of your house
If your hallway is narrow and dark paint it a light colour and add a broad floor runner to make it seem wider
Invest in a new front door mat
 
Living Style - Lounge Room
Use neutral colours in your living space
Use receding colours like blues and greens to make the small space seem larger
Find a focus in your room.  If you don't have a natural focus, add a feature wall
Ensure your carpets are cleaned. Marked or damaged timber floors are re-sanded and polished
Layout your living area to show how you live there
 
The Room That Sells - Kitchens
Fix the floor by lifting old lino and replacing it with new lino, polished floorboards or tiles
If your bench tops are scratched or stained, replace them with new laminate bench tops - it is not that expensive
New cupboard and drawer handles will add life to an old kitchen
A fresh coat of paint will cover cooking splatters and add life to a drab kitchen
Kitchen clutter must be cleared
 
Soak Up a Sale - Bathroom
Your bathroom must be spotless and tiles clean
Fix or replace cracked basins, toilets or tubs
Air your bathroom before inspections - bad smells are a buyer turn off!
Add a little luxury with plump towels, handmade soaps, a plant or flowers and some boutique bath products
If your bathroom is small maximize space by putting the towel rail behind the door
 
Sleeping In Style
Reduce the amount of furniture in small bedrooms to give the impression of space
Storage is important - consider adding built-in wardrobes
Add a little luxury with fresh linen, puffed pillows and extra cushions
Dimmer switches create atmosphere in a bedroom
De-personalize your bedroom but add little touches like candles and perfume bottles
 
Step Outside - Backyard
Trim your lawns and weed your garden beds
Defining your garden bed borders
Add a focal point
Give the illusion of space in a courtyard by using large pavers
Introduce colour with pots of whatever is in flower
 
Finishing Touches
Ensure all areas have been dusted, vacuumed and place new light globes in all rooms
Add colour to neutral rooms through accessories
Keep window treatments simple
Disguise small windows by hanging curtains from the top of the wall rather than the top of the window
Add elegance by extending your curtain drop so it pillows on the floor
Don't go overboard with patterned accessories as they create a cluttered feeling