Tricks to help you sell

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Front Page - AN­THONY KEANE

RE­MEM­BER the days when some freshly brewed cof­fee and the aroma of bread bak­ing in the oven could help sell­ers snare an ex­tra few thou­sand dol­lars from property buy­ers?

Well, those days are gone. There are still ways to po­ten­tially boost a property’s sale price, but the tricks of the trade are chang­ing. Re­search has found that home stag­ing can add up to 5 per cent to the pur­chase price, and it of­ten costs you al­most noth­ing. Here are some of the ex­perts’ ideas: 1. SPACE AGE: Half-empty the wardrobes to cre­ate an il­lu­sion of space, and clear about one quar­ter of the clutter in each room.

Re­move small ap­pli­ances from bench­tops and make sure things look pretty in­side kitchen cup­boards and the fridge – peo­ple will open them. Stand out­side each bed­room’s door and look in­side . Is the first im­pres­sion from the door­way a nice one?

Ex­perts say it ’s best to be look­ing at the foot of a bed and pil­lows rather than a hor­i­zon­tal view of the bed, which makes a room ap­pear smaller. 2. NOSE FOR A SALE: Scented can­dles have re­placed bread and cof­fee as the smells of suc­cess. Stick to flo­ral or cit­rus scents and keep them close to the en­trance to cre­ate a calm­ing, re­laxed feel. You may love cook­ing but the smells left lin­ger­ing might put off some buy­ers. Pet and smok­ing odours can also de­ter them, so give your home the sniff test. 3. BE BLAND: Re­move fam­ily pho­tos and other per­sonal mem­o­ra­bilia and store them some­where. Home stagers also rec­om­mend re­mov­ing area rugs be­cause they can make a space seem more crowded. Gen­er­ally it’s best to keep colours neu­tral, but one area where a splash of colour can help is with a bowl of fruit.

Spend­ing a few thou­sand dol­lars on a pro­fes­sional home stager may not ap­peal to many sell­ers, but a few other small costs can de­liver a big fi­nan­cial re­turn. Buy a new thick door­mat, which you can take with you when you move out. A fresh coat of paint and some el­bow grease might cost less than $1000 but bring in big­ger bucks.

You can freshen up the gar­den with a lit­tle land­scap­ing TLC.

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