What does refreshing your home mean?

Are you considering to put your house on the market? It may seem like a straightforward process, but when selling, there is more to think about than choosing an agent and putting up a For Sale sign.

If you have already met with an agent, they may have asked if you have plans to 'refresh' your home before a sale. Unlike a home renovation which is often a lengthy process, a home refresh is making small repairs and cosmetic enhancements. It is often an important aspect when putting your home on the market.


Prospective buyers are looking for a well-maintained property that they can move straight into without having to undertake any work. They are willing to pay a premium price to secure one. It isn't hard to ensure your home is as attractive as possible. With a little time and effort, it can be done without breaking the bank.

When refreshing your home, here are eight things you can do quickly and easily to make a real difference to your property's marketability.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Before buyers even set foot in your home, make sure they like what they see from the street. Buyers often drive past a house before they decide to view a property, so you only get one chance to entice them in. This is your opportunity to captivate them from the outset.

  • Repair any torn screens and replace cracked windows.
  • Make sure the doorbell, mailbox and porch light are all in working order and clean.
  • Sweep the paths, mow the lawn and wash down the exterior of the home.
  • You may need to repaint the exterior if it is peeling or looking faded.
  • Assess the condition of the front door - you can refresh it with a coat of paint, be bold and make a statement with a pop of colour.
  • For more ways to enhance your exterior, read our full article here.



CLEAR OUT THE CLUTTER

This can be the hardest part of putting your home on the market. It is time to be ruthless and get rid of all the everyday mess, trinkets and personal items on display throughout your home. Review each room and remove excess furniture, you want each area to look as spacious as possible.

Clear out and organise all the cupboards and closets; storage is a big-ticket item. The last thing you want is a buyer to think there is not enough storage in your home. Creating open, uncluttered living spaces helps potential purchasers visualise the home as their own.

REPAIR AND REPLACE

You probably don’t have the time or budget to install a new kitchen or bathroom, and you really don’t need to. The best part about refreshing your home is that a few small, inexpensive cosmetic changes can transform any space.

Start at the front of the house and note any minor repairs that need to be made. Fix cupboard doors that stick, re-grout any splashbacks or bathroom areas that need it and even replace handles and knobs that are looking worn or dated. These changes can quickly reinvigorate your home.

MAKE IT SPARKLE

Prospective buyers will forgive an ageing home, but no one will forgive a dirty one. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and scrub every surface.

  • Sweep up pet hair and clean the inside of kitchen and bathroom cupboards.
  • Steam-clean your carpets, mop floors, wash windows, dust blinds and furniture surfaces.
  • Open doors and windows to air out your home, this will remove any food or pet odours. 
  • Clean all your soft furnishings to remove any stale or lingering smells.
  • When it comes to viewing day, put out fresh flowers or citrus fruit to make your home smell more inviting.

LIGHTEN UP

Natural light will make your home seem bright and spacious, so take advantage of it wherever you can. Clean windows not only look good, but they will let in more light.

  • Open blinds and curtains, consider replacing dark heavy drapes with inexpensive lighter ones.
  • Trim any shrubs that may be blocking out light.
  • If natural light is in short supply, use mirrors to reflect and illuminate darker areas.
  • If you need some help to make the space lighter and brighter, add floor and table lamps to lift dark corners. Replace blown light bulbs and make sure all globes throughout the home are at least 100 watts, as lower wattage can have the opposite effect, and dim each room.



ADD A COAT

The simplest, fastest and cheapest way to transform your home is to add a fresh coat of paint. Neutral colours are best, as they give the interior a clean, crisp appearance and the overall impression of space. If you need help choosing colours, a professional stylist can offer advice. Don’t underestimate the value of this minor investment, it can add serious value to your final sale price.

INSIDE OUT

In Australia, we spend plenty of time outdoors. The garden is viewed as an extension of the home so you need to treat it as such to ensure you get the best sale price.

  • Fix fences
  • Pressure-clean paths and pavers
  • Declutter the outside by removing rusty furniture and any debris around the side of the house.
  • Sweep, scrub and oil decks.
  • Trim overhanging trees, weed garden beds and for an inexpensive lift add new mulch.
  • If you have any dark areas, add some colourful plants. Oversized pots will add an instant wow-factor and disguise any unsightly areas.

STYLE IT

Finally, style your home. A professional stylist will be able to transform your home by adding furniture, artwork and accessories. Buyers are looking to purchase a lifestyle, not just four walls. A professional stylist can maximise the space with the addition of key furniture items and accessories to create a cohesive look. They understand the buyer demographic in your area and will help you to design a space that will attract a broader range of buyers.



Still unsure? Valiant’s team of professional stylists can advise the best way to maximise your home. Call for a consultation today.

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