Do this for TOP DOL­LAR

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Sellingtips -

Break out the el­bow grease! Thor­oughly scrub, wash, wipe and sweep your house in­side and out. Make sure you get into all the nooks and cran­nies for a com­plete clean.

Don’t go too far. Avoid big expensive renos in kitchens and bath­rooms. While a quick spruce up is great, don’t get sucked into re­do­ing the whole thing. A blank can­vas is an ap­peal­ing thing for buy­ers.

Get out of the pic­ture. Buy­ers want to walk into a house they feel is theirs, not peek­ing into some­one else’s home. Re­move photos, clear off the fridge and stow your per­sonal items.

Make a strong first im­pres­sion. As Street­wise, page 150, proves, street appeal is one of the most im­por­tant things to con­sider. You want buy­ers to ac­tu­ally stop, not keep driv­ing. At the very least, mow the lawn, trim shrubs and fill gar­den beds with a layer of mulch.

Go bloomin’ mad! Add colour, life and fra­grance with the care­ful place­ment of flow­ers and in­door plants. Don’t turn your house into a pop-up florist, but a few flashes of colour here and there will add to the over­all appeal.

Cut the clut­ter. Ev­ery­one ac­cu­mu­lates loads of stuff over the years, so when you’re sell­ing up, use it as an ex­cuse to de­clut­ter! Not only will it make your home more tidy, you’ll also get a head start on the pack­ing be­fore you move.

Shoot the breeze. Open up doors and win­dows dur­ing in­spec­tions to make your place bright and breezy. Make sure your win­dows are spot­less so buy­ers can see right through them.

Share the love! Don’t for­get sec­ondary rooms. Your buy­ers will want to have a good look around into ev­ery nook, so give ar­eas like the laun­dry, garage and shed a clean and tidy.

Put the pres­sure on. A pres­sure washer will be your best friend when it comes to clean­ing the ex­te­rior of your home. Use it to wash the walls and eaves. You’ll be amazed at how good drive­ways and paths look af­ter a quick blast.

Go green! A couple of weeks be­fore open house, feed your lawns (hose-on fer­tiliser is the quick­est!). By the time the hordes ar­rive, your grass will be lush, green and look­ing its best.

From dark and dingy to bright and beau­ti­ful!

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