Preparing for sale in 2022

When you’re thinking about placing your home on the market, one of the first thoughts is whether you need to renovate before selling or how much work you really need to do to get your home ready.

Nobody likes leaving money on the table, and it would be a crying shame if you failed to achieve the actual value of your home for the lack of a few simple improvements.

Large-scale renovation comes at a price and with the current labour and building material supply issues, it can be pretty steep. And that’s not taking into account the significant time involved. Any investment needs to be a safe bet, not a long-shot gamble. 

As an agency with decades of experience in the area, we would be happy to advise you on how to best improve your home and maximise its value in the current 2022 market. We’ll give you pointers on the features that are currently commanding a price premium so you can determine what works ‘add value’. You might be surprised at how easy these are to achieve. 

If making major alterations to your home doesn’t appeal because of the time, effort and expense required, we know a few strategies to give prospective buyers the impression your home has been recently updated well maintained.

Here are some ideas to consider – 

First impressions

At a minimum, tidy the front garden and invest in a house wash including paths, driveway and front fence. Touch-up painting of anything particularly weather-worn may also be worthwhile. Consider investing in some simple tech, such as a video-enabled doorbell, sensor lights or a state-of-the-art front door lock that can impress potential buyers from the outset.

Little details count 

Make sure all the light switches are wiped down to remove any grubby marks. Wall and skirting scuff marks can often be easily removed with spray on sugar soap and a white magic eraser which may eliminate the need to re-paint. If cleaning doesn’t suffice then painting will reliably freshen up any space and can also address any water damage or minor cracks. You’ll be amazed how new internal door handles can modernise a home and you can also create the same effect in the kitchen by updating the cupboard handles too.

Zap your clutter 

An untidy home can make a grim impression on potential buyers and doesn’t allow them to appreciate the space on offer. Clean out your cupboards and make room for what you actually use. A big tidy up now will save you time and money when it comes to moving. Do you really want to take all this stuff to your new home? If the answer is no or not sure, donate it to charity or throw it out.

Home office space

Covid has made a dedicated study space a must-have. If you don’t have a separate study then consider creating an office nook. The space you allocate should feel fresh with bright and light furniture. It doesn’t have to be big, but somewhere quiet is ideal and a good amount of storage is a winner.

Let there be light 
Make the most of the natural light that comes into your home. Pull back the curtains and move furniture from in front windows. Trim overhanging branches or significant shrubs from around the home. Complement this by installing some modern lights in the main living areas, even if it is just standing lamps, and upgrading to the brightest light bulbs. It can transform your home.

If you have any questions on preparation works for your home or would like one of our sales team to provide a detailed plan for getting your property ready to market, including a list of recommended trades, get in touch with us on 9449 55511 or