03 Oct Tips for Selling Your Home in Summer
Tips for selling your home – Traditionally, Spring heralds the start of the “selling season” in real estate. This means more homes are on the market. Like most sellers, you will be looking for a swift sale for the optimum price.
This means your home needs to stand out from its competitors and present a winning combination of correct pricing and a lot of appeal – the latter speaks to the emotional aspect of real estate investment, with responses such as, “I just fell in love with the place” often sealing the deal. “There are a number of ways to tap into this phenomenon,” says Mike Greeff, CEO of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate.
Tips for Selling Your Home.
He offers the following tips:
- First impressions are vital, so a new coat of paint is essential. Opt for neutral tones to maximise on universal appeal.
- “An attractive garden always gets a potential buyer through the front door,” says Greeff. In our drought situation, buyers are looking for easy-to-maintain, water-wise layouts so desirable trends include: replacing dry lawn with pebbles or stepping stones, planting indigenous plants, grouping water-wise, indigenous potted plants, and filling spaces with garden furniture and decks.
- “Don’t let your garden be an afterthought. Budget for it and allow some time or you’ll find yourself spending a fortune at the nursery in the rush up to a show day,” advises Greeff.
- If you have a pool, ensure it has a good cover.
- Boreholes, wellpoints, rain tanks and grey water systems are definitely selling points for a home in any season, but particularly during summer.
- Optimise your braai area by making it a focal point with a table and comfy chairs and a collection of attractive potted plants. Consider purchasing an umbrella if shade is required.
- Entrance appeal matters; Give your front door a new varnish, polish door handles. Place a pair of attractive potted plants on either side of the doorway and spice up the pathway.
- Splash out on a fresh new doormat.
- Capture attention from the moment potential buyers step through the door by creating a welcoming reception area. A strikingly framed mirror, an arrangement of fresh flowers, an attractive piece of furniture are all great options. It should also smell good, so sprinkle a few drops of aromatherapy oil: lavender, geranium, vanilla, cinnamon or orange blossom.
- A clutter-free living area makes it easier for buyers to imagine their own furniture in the room. Remove a piece or two of furniture from cramped rooms – this helps to create the illusion of space.
- Even in the summer, a functioning fireplace adds tremendous emotional appeal, so lay fresh firewood or pine cones in the grate to prompt potential buyers to visualise a cosy scene.
- On showday, switch on all lights and open curtains. Replace old light fittings and never leave naked bulbs on display – they create a depressing aura of neglect.
- Convert any extra rooms to bedrooms ¬– this adds perceived value. Upgrade bedding with crisp white linens.
- Steam clean carpets and curtains to freshen up and remove any musty or pet odours.
- Bathrooms are areas requiring careful attention, as buyers are often swayed by their reaction to the bathrooms in a home,” says Greeff.
The following tips can be useful:
- Display clean fluffy towels in neatly folded piles or roll them up and stack in an attractive basket.
- Opt for clean soap dispensers, and consider pouring shampoos and bath gels into stylish containers.
- NO clutter on bathroom surfaces – pack away cosmetics and lotions.
- Scrupulous cleanliness is essential. Surfaces should gleam and the room should smell fresh. Try an invigorating fragrance like lemongrass, mint or green tea.
- There are a number of plants which do well in the humid atmosphere of a bathroom. Orchids, bamboo and peace lilies are just a few. Surround your plants with an array of pebbles or seashells.
More Tips for selling your home – Kitchens require scrupulous attention too. Greeff’s advice is:
- Clear counter tops of appliances. If you have a beautiful coffee filter or cappuccino machine, this can be displayed. Place lemons or apples in a beautiful bowl. Remove fridge magnets and notes – these make your kitchen look very untidy.
- Consider a small kitchen herb garden on a window sill. This suggests potential to would-be buyers and adds freshness to your kitchen atmosphere.
TIP: Hire a home stager – someone who will style or stage your home with rented furniture and objects d’art, with the specific purpose of increasing its appeal to potential buyers.
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