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Eight low-cost steps to preparing your house for sale

When preparing your house for sale, many of us fantasise of an unlimited renovation budget that will make our home irresistible.
Pumped from watching the latest series of Extreme Renovate Backyard Blitz Master Rules we dream of that extension, new kitchen or the backyard resplendent with a children’s water park.

It’s true, that investing in big ticket improvements will sometimes increase the sale price of a house, particularly if you’re a do-it-yourself renovator whiz who has the time and doesn’t have to pay contactors.

But unless the property was originally purchased at a discounted price, big ticket renovations and their resultant high costs are unlikely to generate increased profit on sale.

So, what’s the alternative?

When preparing your property for sale there are simple, inexpensive things you can do to increase its attractiveness to potential buyers, and some don’t involve a trip to Bunnings!


Consider your house no longer a home, but a retail outlet where customers will come to browse. Everything – from kitchen countertops to bathroom vanities to the garage – should be clear of all unnecessary items. You want potential buyers to focus on the best features of your home not stuff, so pack up, give away or throw away everything that clutters or distracts.


This should go without saying, so we’ll just leave it at that.


When a buyer inspects a house, they are doing more than looking at the shower recess and the floor plan. They are visualising what it would be like to move in and live there, a task made more difficult if you leave personal items such as family photos, personal mementos like sporting trophies or religious décor. Pack these away, and give your potential buyers a free slate for their imagination.

Curb appeal

We all know about the importance of first impressions. What will set the scene for your house when potential buyers either drive past, or drive in to your driveway? Front gardens, driveways, gutters, windows, mailboxes and fences all tell a story, so make it a positive one!


The door handle comes off as you try to enter the bedroom. You turn on the light that doesn’t work and listen as the fan makes an almighty screeching sound as it rotates. Whilst small, these little things can annoy a potential buyer out of signing a contract so make sure everything is in good working order.

Clear pathways

Don’t turn your potential buyers into Jackie Chan. Buyers should not be doing their own stunts just to look through your property. Make sure there’s clear pathways both inside and outside your property to make their visit a no-fuss, pleasant experience.


Time for a light bulb moment! When potential buyers walk into your bathroom and look in the mirror, soft, warm lighting can make it a more pleasant experience than it may be otherwise. In other parts of your house such as living areas, bright, white lighting will make the rooms appear bigger and more inviting. Also, think about which rooms will be best served by leaving blinds either open or closed.


This follows hard on the heels of the “clean” point (above) – a clean house is less likely to assault the nasal passages of unsuspecting visitors. The urban myth is to full your house with odours of home cooking, but the research is in. Over-bearing smells don’t smell good, no matter how delicious. Instead, “hints” of fresh natural odours help to sell, such as orange, lemon, pine, basil, cedar, vanilla and cinnamon.


Spend your home preparation time wisely, and you could be rewarded with a quicker sale or a higher-than-expected selling price.

Tips for Selling Your Property in Winter

Take advantage of the winter chill and make your property stand out as extra
warm and cosy! Here are some great tips to make your home look appealing
during the winter season:



Curb appeal
Freshen up your property by putting out potted flowers to brighten up the garden area. Rake up leaves, prune bushes with dead leaves and mow your lawn. This will help your property look more vibrant and fresh.

Use winter staging tricks
A warm fire can be a great asset in the winter; if you have a fireplace, ensure it is lit during an inspection. Blankets can be used on couches and in the bedroom to create a cosy vibe, making buyers feel at home in your property.

Clean the windows
Most winter days tend to be overcast, clean windows will allow any sunlight that appears to
beam freely into the place.

Use lighting to your advantage
On dim winter days, you may not have as much natural lighting as you would like. Turn on all of your lamps and lighting fixtures to banish dark corners from rooms and give the place a cosy glow.

Keep the heating on
It’s nice to enter a warm place when it’s cold outside, and in addition it will help erase any
doubts about whether or not the heating system works. However, don’t have it up too high – you don’t want people to feel like they’re walking into a sauna.

Make minor repairs
No matter what time of year you plan on selling your property in, you’ll want to prepare for
the sale by having a property that’s in proper working order.

Protect the interior
Don’t encourage muddy footprints on the carpet. Provide an umbrella stand and welcome
mat outside the door to minimise mud from shoes. Consider leaving a sign asking buyers
to remove their shoes before entering the home. This shows buyers that you care about
protecting your property, which can be a bonus to those who rank cleanliness high on their list.