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#1 petal71

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:18 PM

Our house is about 5 yrs old and we want to put it on the market this spring.
It is showing some wear and tear due to child, dog and adults!

So far my list is:
- paint and patch interior (few dents in walls, pretty grubby everywhere)
- refinish deck - will attempt myself
- repair screen door
- replace ancient sofa and bedside tables
- replace pictures on wall
- some potted colour in front yard
- generally declutter
- clean windows and blinds
- a colourful rug or two

What did you do if you sold a newer house, and do you think it helped?

#2 IamOzgirl

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:25 PM

I would do much more than you ha 've described. Keep it neutral. People will want to put their stamp on it.

Remove any large pieces of furniture. Not just clutter.

#3 petal71

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:45 PM

<<I would do much more>> - do you mean wouldn't do much more?

#4 petal71

Posted 17 July 2019 - 08:36 PM

Luckily have very little furniture so can tick that box also.

#5 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 17 July 2019 - 08:53 PM

Clean any carpets or rugs. Hire a carpet cleaning machine from the supermarket or Bunnings if you don't want to pay anyone.

#6 IamOzgirl

Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:47 PM

 petal71, on 17 July 2019 - 07:45 PM, said:

<<I would do much more>> - do you mean wouldn't do much more?

LOL - yep I wouldn't do any more than you have described!

#7 alias grace

Posted 18 July 2019 - 05:02 PM

Having watched a lot of Selling Houses Australia over the years, the three golden rules of house presentation can be distilled as:
  • A fresh coat of interior paint (not necessarily the whole house, just the high impact areas) can really lift the overall appearance of the house.
  • Make sure the garden looks neat and well maintained.  Some potted colour out front can help to create a good first impression.
  • De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter!
So from your list, it looks like you have all of the bases covered!  Another tip I received when I sold my last place was to use lamps in bedrooms (just simple IKEA ones) if they do not get a lot of natural light.  

Best of luck!

#8 little lion

Posted 18 July 2019 - 05:19 PM

My house is a similar age. We’ve recently done some interior painting. I notice that light switches have yellowed in some rooms and grout is showing its overuse in the main family bathroom.

#9 born.a.girl

Posted 18 July 2019 - 05:34 PM

 little lion, on 18 July 2019 - 05:19 PM, said:

My house is a similar age. We’ve recently done some interior painting. I notice that light switches have yellowed in some rooms and grout is showing its overuse in the main family bathroom.

Sad how you don't notice it happening gradually, isn't it.

A whole new reno, we sit back and let ourselves enjoy the ambience, then before we know it, five years have passed, and everything's looking a little ... not quite new.

#10 little lion

Posted 18 July 2019 - 06:56 PM

Hmm that is so true. My blinds also look a little dirty but I’m not sure how to wash them so I’m just treating them with ignore. (We are not planning to sell at the moment so I can afford to be slack.)

#11 teaspoon

Posted 18 July 2019 - 07:15 PM

Either look through real estate sites selling staged homes or have a look at stylists' websites.

An old friend of mine stages homes for sale and one of her (cheaper) packages involves new bed linens, new towels, new cushions, throws, plants, lamps, mirrors and ornaments.

The more expensive staging packages involves bedside tables, sofas, dining furniture and art.

Get some pics and copy the looks

#12 petal71

Posted 18 July 2019 - 08:39 PM

Thanks everyone.

OMG, hadn't thought of the mold that's growing on the grout behind the tap in the bathroom. and in the shower - must put exit mold on the list

Also lamps - yes, great idea, we don't actually own one.

#13 born.a.girl

Posted 19 July 2019 - 07:43 AM

Regarding the towels: we had one lovely new set, and the rest were getting a bit weary.  We'd hang the good ones for opens, then just fold and put them somewhere the rest of the time.

For ourselves, we'd just use the older ones then straight in the washing machine so there were no damp towels hanging around. This was well before the drought - don't think I could justify using extra water now.

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