Keith MacDonald

03 337 6543 0274 964 799
Licensed Agent REAA 2008
03 337 6543 0274 964 799

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Get your house ready to show to buyers.

 

A house that "sparkles" on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbour, even though both are structurally well maintained.

From experience, real estate agents also know that a "well-polished" house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is well maintained, they assume that what they can't see has probably also been well maintained. In readying your house for sale, consider:

  • how much should you spend to prepare your house for sale?

  • exterior and street appeal

  • interior appeal

Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible) to maximise its exterior and interior appeal.

How Much Should You Spend to Prepare Your House for Sale?

In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren't likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive polishes and touch-ups to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen.

Your real estate agent is familiar with buyers' expectations in your neighborhood and can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made and which improvements are most effective. Don't hesitate to ask for advice.

Maximising Exterior and Street Appeal

When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the home's exterior. If the outside, or "street appeal" looks good, people will more than likely want to see what's on the inside.

Here are some tips to enhance your home’s exterior and street appeal to buyers:

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered. 

  • Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds.

  • Be sure your front door area has a "Welcome" feeling.

  • Paint the front door.

  • In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.

  • Clean and align gutters.

  • Keep the garage door closed.

Maximising Interior Appeal

You want your home to look as spacious, bright and clean as possible. Also the home should look neutral – without a lot of your personal and sentimental objects - so buyers can begin to imagine living there.

Here are some tips to enhance your home’s interior appeal to buyers:

  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms actually rent storage garages and move half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.

  • Remove the less frequently used, and even daily-used items from kitchen counters, closets, basement and attic to make these areas more inviting.

  • Make sure that table tops are free of clutter.

  • Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms: they should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odour free.

  • Repair dripping taps and showerheads.

  • Buy new towels for the bathroom, and put them out for showings.

  • Clean walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks.

  • Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.

  • Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems.

What people are saying

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I found Keith excellent to deal with, he has kept in contact throughout and explained the processes well. I found him very professional in regards to a multiple-offer situation and felt he treated both the seller and myself very fairly. Read more

Mark - Christchurch


I found Keith excellent to deal with, he has kept in contact throughout and explained the processes well. I found him very professional in regards to a multiple-offer situation and felt he treated both the seller and myself very fairly. Read more

Mark - Christchurch


Keith MacDonald was wonderful, kept us informed and was able to deliver a quick sale with a great sale price. We did the sale from Melbourne, so all correspondence was done by phone or email. Our experience from our first point of contact has been wonderful.

John and Cheryl, live in Australia, sold a property in Cashmere


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