Every year, hundreds of thousands of houses are sold in Australia alone. Although each transaction is obviously different, there is one thing that every homeowner wants: to get the very best value from the sale of their houses. So how do you do that? The secret is doing a few touch ups here and there just to spruce up your house. In this article, we discuss simple things that you can do but which can dramatically increase the value of your house.

First Impression is crucial

It is important to ensure that your house’s exterior looks the best it can be. Before you list your house for sale, make sure that you attend to any work that requires doing. It is recommended that you stand outside your house and carefully examine it from a buyer’s perspective.Take time to tour open homes just to get a feel of how they look. You will also be able to see why some properties are more outstanding than others. A simple improvement, for instance a fresh coat of paint on the front door, can really help a sale.

On The Outside

  • Have an independent Property Inspector inspect your home, the will provide you with a report containing a defects list of items to repair before the house goes on the market.
  • Make sure your gardens are well maintained, shrubs and edges neatly trimmed and lawns highly manicured. This forms a very welcoming sight.
  • Clean your paths, the house and the driveway thoroughly. It is advisable to use a pressure cleaner.
  • Check to see if cleaning is also required for the roofing.
  • Gutters, cladding and eaves should all be washed to free them of any cobwebs.
  • Wash all the windows outside and inside the house
  • Fix and straighten al gates, clotheslines and fences.
  • Make sure the garbage bins are well out of sight
  • Your garage and garden shed must also be thoroughly cleaned
  • Make sure that you clean up any pet droppings and remove pet toys from sight
  • Clearing the yards of any clutter gives the impression that the property has a big space.
  • Remove any washing off the clothesline
  • Ensure that the doorbell is working properly and also remember to shine door knocker.
  • Supply a brand new coat of paint to the front door and the front fence.

On The Inside

  • Make your home sparkling by cleaning virtually everything: walls, blinds, carpets as well as the furniture.
  • Every room, wardrobes and cupboard must b cleaned and tidied up.
  • To create an impression of space, make sure to get rid of all clutter as well as excess furniture
  • All posters, photos, majority of paintings and stickers should also be removed to give a feeling of space in each room.
  • Fix and also paint plaster cracking, dents and dings.
  • All door handles, catches and latches should be repaired and all squeaky hinges also be oiled.
  • Fix any broken or cracked glass
  • If any of the doors and fly screens are damaged, make sure you repair them.
  • Make sure that you clean all the lamps as well as lampshades and also ensure all the lights are working.
  • Clean the fireplace and wood heater
  • Open all windows to allow fresh air into the house
  • Keep your house warm as a warm house is more welcoming than a cold one
  • Open all blinds and evenly tie back the curtains to allow in the sunshine
  • Keep the windows frames and tracks clean
  • Make sure that you always have fresh flowers around
  • Your stove, cook top, microwave, oven, fridge and dishwasher must sparkle
  • Any leaking taps must be repaired and all tiles cleaned until they shine
  • Also ensure that your toilet, laundry and bathroom are spotlessly clean
  • Keep mats straight and clean and also ensure that towels are folded neatly

In Conclusion

If you want to get the most from your home, you need to spruce it up a bit before you can put it up for sale. Simple things like painting the front door or fence and repairing your garage door can really improve your property’s curb appeal and hence its value. The above are some of the things that you can do to fetch a nice amount from the sale of your house.
JKB Property Inspections can conduct a Pre Sale Inspection for you and provide you with a Written Report (including photos) that states any defects that should be repaired before the home goes on the Market.