If you want to sell the house that you have lived in till now and move on, there are several things you have got to do first. The real estate agents will school you on how to make your house attractive to potential buyers. No matter how pretty and well-kept you think your place is, there is bound to be a few things that can be improved. Here are some of them:
Update the ‘Look’
Some houses are period pieces and no one expects a pre-war mansion to look like a skyscraper. However, if it looks old and run down it will never sell because buyers like a house that feels modern and looks like it has been maintained properly, despite its older façade. One of the most important things to do is roof replacement; do not patch it up here and there and then hope for a miracle. The buyers will not be happy – they may even demand a refund – if they discover that the top floor has to endure leaks because the roof is not secure. Instead, repair it and add the cost to the final asking price.
Fix the Pipes
Some buyers actually bring a plumber Auckland, pest control and/or property evaluator along with them when they go on inspections. That way, they cannot be taken in by bad deals. It is your responsibility to ensure that your house has no big flaws. Word spreads easily within the real estate agencies; if you try to sell a house that has mould, you and your agent will both quickly get a bad reputation. Don’t wait for the buyer to come forward and point out the flaws in your house. Be proactive and fix them yourself. Pay special attention to the plumbing since it can ruin a whole house if something goes wrong.
Sweep the Garden
You don’t have to literally sweep the garden but try to spruce it up as much as possible. Don’t plant flowering bushes just for the inspection; it will look weird when they purchase the house and realize all the plants are dying. Instead, clean up what you already have. You can get away with a messy house if your garden is spectacular. Call someone in and have them weed the flower beds and line them properly with bricks or rounded stones. One that is done, take a rake and remove all the dead leaves and branches as well as smoothing out any gravel.
At the end of the day, your house should be neat and presentable with minimal problems so that potential buyers can envision themselves living in the house.