Preparing your property for a 2024 sale

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06 February 2024

Preparing your property for sale is a process that begins well before listing it on the market. Selling your home is not just about putting a 'For Sale' sign up; it's about strategic preparation to ensure you receive the best possible return on your investment. Here is a comprehensive guide to getting your property sale-ready this year.

Step 1: Obtain a current appraisal

The first step in preparing your property for sale is getting an appraisal. This will provide you with an accurate gauge of your home’s current market value. An appraisal is a vital tool in setting a realistic price, understanding your local market, and determining any improvements that could enhance your property’s value.

Step 2: Minor repairs and renovations

Once you have an appraisal, the next step is to look at your property through the eyes of potential buyers. Minor repairs and renovations can make a significant difference in how your property is perceived. Addressing issues like chipped paint, leaking taps, or creaky doors/floorboards can greatly improve the overall appeal of your home.

Consider updating areas that have the most impact on buyers, such as kitchens and bathrooms. These don’t need to be extensive remodels; even small updates like new cabinet hardware, modern light fixtures, or a fresh coat of paint can transform these spaces.

Step 3: Declutter and depersonalise

A cluttered house can make spaces look smaller and less appealing. Decluttering is a simple yet effective way to make your home more presentable. This includes removing personal items like family photos and mementos, which helps potential buyers envision themselves in the space.

Step 4: Professional staging

Professional staging is a powerful tool in real estate. It involves arranging furniture and decor to showcase your home’s best features. Property stylists understand how to create inviting atmospheres that appeal to a broad range of buyers. Marshall White can connect you with professional staging services to ensure your property is presented in its most attractive and marketable state.

Step 5: Landscaping and kerb appeal

First impressions count, and the exterior of your home is the first (and last) thing potential buyers will see. Simple landscaping, such as pruning, mulching, and planting flowers or evergreen trees, can significantly boost kerb appeal. Ensure your home’s exterior is clean and well-maintained, from the driveway to the front door.

Step 6: Professional photography

High-quality photos are essential for attracting buyers, especially in digital listings. Professional photographers know how to capture your home in the best light, highlighting its key features. Investing in quality professional photography can make a substantial difference in how your property is perceived online.

Partner with the right agent

An experienced agent can guide you through the entire process, from appraisal to closing. They can provide valuable advice on market trends, optimal strategies, effective marketing approaches, and negotiation techniques to help you secure the best possible deal for your property.

Preparing your property for sale is a journey, and taking these steps will ensure your home stands out in the 2024 market. With the right preparation and support, you can look forward to a successful sale. 

Reach out to your local Marshall White team today to request an appraisal.

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