Tips for preparing your home for sale this summer

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Selling your home can often be a monumental task. Not only do you have to find the right Real Estate Agent and organise the legal details, but you also need to get your house in pristine condition. When it comes to selling your home, preparation is vital.

Summer is a great time of year to showcase your home's best features. Auctions are often numerous, and everyone is out in the warm weather looking for their next home. However, with a bit of planning and preparation, you too can have your home ready for the summer selling season. Not too sure how to go about preparing your home for sale this summer? We can help.

Maximise natural light

Natural light is the easiest way to enhance the look of your home. It will help open up spaces, highlight beautiful features and generally present your home in its best light. Prepare your home by clearing away any bushes or trees that may be hindering light. Put up curtains or blinds that let in lots of natural light and open up your windows on days you open your home to potential buyers.

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Keep your decor neutral

While bright walls and colours may be your style, they won't necessarily be to everyone's tastes. When getting your home ready for sale in summer, you want to make sure that it will appeal to the broadest audience possible. Neutral colours will help people envision their belongings in the home, but it will appeal to those who don't want to spend time and money repainting over bright colours. Investing in neutral paint shades may be the best thing you can do to persuade buyers to consider your home.

Focus on outdoor living

Summer in Melbourne is all about BBQs and outdoor relaxation. Highlight the potential in your home by creating an outdoor oasis that people can see themselves enjoying throughout the warmer months. A lovely table setting complete with candles and pot plants, a BBQ and some relaxing loungers will showcase the potential of the space for buyers. Dressing up your outside areas with some nice furniture will show buyers more living areas than they expected.

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Make sure nothing needs to be repaired

Home maintenance is important when preparing your home for sale this summer. Ensuring that nothing needs repairing, your wallpaper and paint look fresh and do not need replacing, and there are no holes in your walls or floors will help showcase your home to the best of its abilities. Buyers will be mentally tallying up the costs of any minor flaws or repair tasks that they spot; if this list builds up, buyers could be put off your home. Avoid this by sorting the maintenance work out while preparing your home for sale this summer.

Keep it cool

There's no doubt that spending a day viewing home inspections can be hot and tiring work. Be sure to schedule open home inspections for the morning or afternoons so that your potential buyers won't be sweating through the worst of the heat. People are much less likely to spend time viewing the property if they're distracted by how uncomfortable they are. If you're showing your home in summer, and have air conditioning, then set your it to a cool but comfortable temperature so that people can focus on the important things. This will also show them that the house will be more than comfortable throughout the hotter months.

Pay attention to your garden and front yard

There's something to be said for curb appeal when you're getting your home ready for sale. The outside of your home and front yard will act as the first impression of your property. As opinions tend to be formed reasonably fast, you want to ensure that buyers' first impressions are positive. While you don't have to completely renovate your home exterior, taking the time to ensure the lawns are mowed, the gardens tidy and free of weeds and the trees are pruned will go a long way towards getting your home ready for sale. You can even go the extra step and plant some colourful flowers to highlight the outdoor areas.

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Getting your home ready for sale this summer isn't as difficult as you would initially expect. With some creative styling, some time spent on maintenance and yard work and ensuring that your home appeals to the widest audience possible, you will have your home ready for sale this summer in no time. If you're looking for more tips on how to get your home ready for sale, get in contact with our team.

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