This spring is going to be buzzing on the Northern Beaches. After a quiet start to the year, it’s expected there will be a jump in properties on the market, which is exciting for buyers and sellers alike.
There is still time to prepare and launch your property so you can settle by Christmas, but you have to act fast.
Follow our guide to preparing for a spring sale so you can make sure your listing will rise above the competition.
Step 1: Declutter
If you have been in your home for a few years, you might be surprised just how many belongings you have accumulated.
Decluttering can be an emotional process, and it takes longer than you think, so the sooner you can get started, the better.
Potential buyers need to be able to walk into your property and see themselves living there. It is hard for them to do this if there is too much of your personality filling the house. Even though your things will be removed when you leave, a too-full house might cause them to think twice or drop their offer, so get rid of as many bits and pieces and knick-knacks as you can before your home open.
This doesn’t mean everything has to go in the bin. If you have time, you can list things for sale on Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree or eBay. If the decisions feel too difficult, consider taking things to one of the many storage facilities on the Northern Beaches for a few weeks. The other option is Kimbriki tip; fill up a trailer and you can pay to drop off a load.
Feeling overwhelmed? Hire a professional decluttering service or speak to a stylist who can give you tips about what to remove and how to arrange your home before the photographer arrives. We can also help you with this, so feel free to get in touch now if you’re planning a sale.
Step 2: Deep clean
Northern Beaches buyers are paying some of the top prices in the country and they expect the homes they visit to reflect this. Invest in a professional cleaning service to ensure your property is ready for buyers to walk through.
Step 3: Paint
Almost every home can benefit from a fresh coat of paint when preparing for sale. Not only does it make the property feel new, but it is also an opportunity to make the place more neutral and appealing to a more diverse selection of buyers. If time and money are limited, speak to your agent about the rooms and parts of the house that need paint the most.
Step 4: Do some repairs
Every home has its flaws and problems, but savvy buyers will push to drop the price based on the things that need fixing. The less there is to do, the more likely they are to bid high.
Before you go to market, take steps to sort out the obvious problems. If you’re not sure what they are, you can arrange your own building inspection and find out which issues could affect the value of your home.
Step 5: Focus on curb appeal
You want your potential buyers’ first impressions to be positive. Ensure the front yard is neat and tidy and you have a clearly visible street number. Since you’re going for a spring sale, make the most of it and plant some fresh flowers that will be in bloom in the spring.
A pressure wash can make a huge difference… and check it’s easy to get from the street to the front door.
Want help getting started?
We are anticipating a really exciting time in the property market this spring, with a peak in buyer interest.
If you have decided now is the time to sell, we can help. Let’s arrange a time when we can drop by to share a valuation and a list of priorities so you can work through. We have a team of stylists and trusted tradespeople we can call on to help you present a home that buyers can’t resist.
Let’s sell your home in spring 2023. Contact us to find out more.