Are you thinking about selling your home? One quick tour from your first prospective buyer might put that thought to bed if you haven’t made the necessary preparations.

Can you even remember the original colour of your carpets? Does the guest bathroom toilet refuse to flush? Has that mild termite infestation turned into an epidemic of vast proportions? If yes, then it’s time to take a step back and spend some time sorting out your home before you list it on the property market.

So, without further ado, here are our top five things to do before you sell your home:

1. Get cleaning

If you’ve been putting off that big clean up, now’s the time to finally get it done. A bit of spit, polish and elbow grease can go a long way.

First impressions last, so when you are selling your house, be sure to give your potential buyers the best impression possible.

Take that much needed walk around your home and list what needs to be cleaned up.

Here are some tips to help you get on track:

·        Be sure to clean up the back of the house, clean the outside bins (especially if there is an unpleasant smell), sweep up fallen leaves and remove laundry from the washing line.

·        Wipe the counter tops.

·        Sweep under tables and behind furniture.

·        If you have a pool, do a backwash and get it crystal clear for viewers.

·        If you have a dog, pack away any pet items and toys, clean up the garden of any excrement, and ensure that there is no pet food visible.

·        Pack away all dishes and remove any coffee mugs from other rooms in the house.

2. Obtain the necessary certificates of compliance

When selling your house it is important to have all admin and paperwork up to date, including all compliance certificates. The law requires you to provide a range of compliance certificates in order for the sale transfer from you to the new owners to be registered. In order to minimise costs, it is best to do the certification before a potential purchaser has seen your property.

This list may include:

–         Electrical certificate

–         Water certificate

–         Beetle certificate

–         Gas certificate

–         Electrified fence certificate

It is in your best interest to get these arranged sooner rather than later, so you don’t hold up the sale process. Conveniently, Bugs & Sparks specialise in all these certificates of compliance. They strive to offer their clients the very best service and quality of workmanship possible.

Get in touch with Bugs & Sparks for all your certification and maintenance needs.

3. Pay attention to detail

Be sure to take a thorough walk through your house and look out for anything that is broken or could do with some touch ups.

Are all your light bulbs working? Are there any cracks in the walls? Do the bathrooms need a fresh lick of paint? If potential buyers see enough maintenance issues like these, your house could be labelled a “fixer-upper”.

Make an effort to fix these things up before you sell so you can offer the buyer the very best version of your house. Replace what needs to be replaced, fix whatever is broken and neaten all features to create a lasting impression for anyone who arrives on show day.

4. Hide the everyday items

Show day has arrived! Don’t spoil it now with your unsightly dog chew toy lying in the entrance hallway or the kids’ Lego blocks strewn all over the lounge floor.

Get your house show-day-ready. It is best to pack away all everyday items and neaten up your rooms. A tidy space will leave a lasting impression on potential buyers. This doesn’t have to be a tedious chore – just pop everything in a box, place it neatly, and discreetly, in a room and you’re sorted.

5. Take pictures

Once your home is looking spic and span from all your neatening up, fixing and cleaning, be sure to take some quality photos. These are great for marketing your house and will entice and invite potential buyers to come and view it.

Eye-catching photos give people a sneak peek into your home, which will be sure to attract potential buyers. If you aren’t too savvy with a camera rather hire someone to take great photos of your house.

Don’t rush the process when it comes to selling. Take the time to get all your ducks in a row to ensure you get the most value out of your home. With these top tips, you’re sure to be ahead of the game.

Happy selling!