Three mistakes to avoid when preparing your home for sale

Preparing your home for sale can be a complex mixture of decision-making and multi-tasking the various projects that need to be done in a hurry.

There’s no doubt some astute improvement to your home will significantly contribute to achieving a great sales price.

The key to success is not the upgrades you’ve chosen to undertake but to know what buyers in your area are looking for when they inspect your home.

Buyer preferences are the determining factor of a home’s value. Getting a property appraisal from an agent you trust is the first step to getting started. We can help you identify the projects that will yield the best returns and maximise the value of your home. 

Buyers make their initial judgments about a property on very few criteria. The most influential of these is the number of bedrooms. If you don’t have the pre-requisite number of bedrooms a buyer needs, it doesn’t matter that your bathroom has European tiles or that Swiss appliances are a kitchen feature. 

So, as you prepare a strategy of improvements ahead of a sales campaign, here are three mistakes to avoid. 

  1. Don’t convert a bedroom – Resist the temptation to switch a bedroom into a home office. While working from home has become a big issue for the post lockdown property markets, bedrooms are more valuable than home office space, even today. 
  2. Don’t combine small bedrooms – Even if each bedroom will handle only a single bed, keep them separate. Let the prospective owner decide what they want to do. It would help if you focused on keeping your bedroom count high. Give each room a lick of paint in a neutral colour and furnish lightly, so they look like they have more space. 
  3. Don’t demolish wardrobes – Built-on and walk-in wardrobes take up a lot of space, but you won’t win any points by pulling them out. It could backfire badly by alienating buyers even if the rooms appear larger. We all need somewhere to put our clothes on.