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You can prepare your home for sale by doing it yourself or you can engage an expert home stager. Using an expert home stager is a great option if you’re time poor, spatially challenged or just can’t be bothered with the hassle.
On the other hand, if you like the idea of rolling up your sleeves and doing it yourself and you want to save some dollars, you can achieve great results if you follow some practical and straight forward rules.


Regardless of which approach you adopt; the objective is the same – you want to increase the appeal of your property for prospective buyers. If the market is busy, a well presented home will always have more appeal and will generally sell faster and often for a higher price. If the market is quiet however, a well presented home will always stand out and attract more attention.


DIY home staging 

Doing it yourself is a good opportunity to review what you do and don’t want in your next home, however it can be hard to cast a critical eye over your beloved abode. You need to take a step back, and look at your home from an external point of view, carefully inspecting every part of your home -  from the street view and outdoors, each room and finally checking all storage areas, cupboards and wardrobes. We have seven handy tips to help you out. 


1.    Enhance your home’s street appeal


You want people to fall in love with your property from the moment they walk through the gate or up the pathway. 
So get started by tidying the garden. Get rid of all the weeds, fill any gaps if the garden beds are looking a bit sparse by planting cheap and cheerful flowering bi-annuals as fillers. Chuck out any potted plants that look tired and consider whether a gorgeous potted plant at the entrance will enhance your property’s appeal. 
Mow the lawns, clip the edges, sweep any paths and if necessary water blast to remove mould and discolouration from fences and driveways. Then move onto removing any outdoor stuff that is old, broken, unnecessary or likely to create obstacles for visitors. And don’t forget the principle that less is more. Prospective buyers want to see possibilities and this can be hard to do when their view is obscured by unnecessary clutter. 

2.    Declutter every room, cupboard and shelf in your house

The same rule for outdoors, applies indoors. You want to create a real sense of space, so be absolutely brutal. Prospective buyers want to envisage how they will use the space, which means they don’t want to see clutter on benchtops, every appliance you ever use on display, desks covered in papers and shelves littered with photos of the family.  If you need to hire a storage unit for a couple of months so you can create space in your place, do it. It will be worth the investment. If cupboard space in your home is in short supply, having crammed cupboards will only confirm that this is a problem feature, so clear them out.


3.    Spring clean from top to bottom


Your house needs to sparkle and smell spotless. Remember you want people to focus on the positive features of your house - grubby walls and dirty carpets are a distraction. Approach this like spring cleaning – one room at a time. Polish every surface including balustrades, sinks and taps until the whole house is gleaming. 
And don’t forget the windows inside and out. You’ll be amazed at how much extra light you let into the house by simply cleaning the windows. Once you’ve finished we promise you’ll find it will be much easier to keep your place spotless on the days you’re holding open homes. 


4.    Repairs and maintenance


Start work on addressing any obvious deferred maintenance, replace missing light bulbs, rehang curtains that have come off their hooks, replace discoloured light switch surrounds, wash or dryclean cushion clip covers and double check there is nothing that needs doing that could intrude on a positive viewing experience for any prospective buyers. 
People spot problems very quickly, which distorts their impression of the house’s appeal, i.e. they often over estimate the cost, time and inconvenience to fix a small problem and this can be the difference between a sale and no sale.

5.    Tidy and put away every day


Get into the habit of tidying things away every single day. It’s hard work, but console yourself with the thought that the extra effort will pay dividends. 
That means, removing all personal care stuff off surfaces in the bathroom/s, popping laundry in the bin or the machine, storing the iron and board away, removing dirty dishes in the sink and making sure that all benches are completely clear of draining dishes and any other clutter.
Then you need to wipe all surfaces every day - particularly in the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry.  

6.    Give every room a function


When people buy a home, they are buying space and they don’t want to pay for space they can’t envisage using, so give each room a function and one that they can remember.
If you have a spare room where you regularly dump all unessential stuff, clear it out and convert it into a study, rec room, small bedroom etc. If you use the dining table as your home office, whatever you do clear away the laptop and printer before the start of your open home. Remember a dining table signals that this is a dining area, not an office.

7.    Grow your home, room by room 

Don’t forget, buyers are buying space. So make the most of the space you have to sell.
Think of ways of making each room in your house look bigger. A great way to do this is to thin out your furniture to make the room look larger. 
Another thing you can do, is increase the wattage of all light bulbs throughout the house so you lighten rooms, creating an illusion of more space. If a bed is too big for a room, remove it and put in a smaller bed and remove any superfluous clutter. The trick is to keep the lines of the room clean... lovely clear surfaces and minimal objects. Now you’ll have viewers imagining what they can do with the space.  

Professional home staging

Home stagers are very skilled at creating exactly the right impression from the moment that a prospective buyer walks into your home until the moment they leave. They are also particularly adept at curating exactly the right look for the house as a whole and room by room, so that it’s perfectly positioned for the type of buyer that will be most attracted to the property.
Every property is different, so they will do a thorough inspection first, confirm a brief and then propose a solution. In some cases, they will remove every item of furniture from the house and start again from scratch. Other times they will replace the odd piece of furniture, rearrange the layout, and focus more on decluttering and assessing what works and what doesn’t. 

Auckland home staging options:

http://www.thelook.co.nz/homestaging/

http://www.housewhisperers.co.nz/

http://www.getfurnished.co.nz/

http://www.insideoutdesign.co.nz/

http://minthomes.co.nz/


Selling a property with weathertightness issues

Information on selling a property with monolithic cladding and weathertightness issues:

Proppy will ask you to disclose if you are aware of any weatherightness issues at your property. We will ask the seller to provide an online written statement on the listing agreement confirming the weathertightness of the property. You must answer honestly and disclose them especially if it will affect a customer’s decision to purchase.

If a property has weathertightness issues this will be detailed on the appropriate property listing. While all properties listed on proppy.co.nz have an independent building report, we strongly advise purchasers to conduct their own due diligence.

Whist weathertightness problems may be unfortunate, don’t despair as some people actually want to buy homes with these known issues. Builders and developers regularly search to buy such properties and Proppy gives you the choice to market your property with weathertightness problems if you choose to do this.