Preparing your home for sale
You’ve decided to list your house for sale. Great! You start looking at your home with a more critical eye and begin to feel panicky. Was that dint in the wall always there? How long has the handle been missing from the kitchen pantry door? Should I repaint the feature wall in the living room? Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when you decide to sell, as well as distance yourself from the emotions involved. Below are some tips to follow when preparing your home for sale:
- De-clutter and de-personalise
Unfortunately, your treasured possessions and lovely family portraits make it challenging for some buyers to imagine themselves living in the home, and make it hard for them to see the potential of the home if it’s hidden behind all your special knickknacks. Organise bookshelves, keep benches and countertops clear and pack away any meaningful (but purposeless) items.
- Make minor repairs
It is always worth discussing with your agent the extent to which you need to refresh and repair your home. General repairs may include patching any holes in the walls, fixing leaky taps, repairing doors that don’t close properly and replacing any cracked windows. Consider painting your walls in a neutral colour and replacing tired or stained carpet.
- Clean, clean and then clean some more
Buyers are more likely to overlook tired décor and imagine themselves living in your home if the house is sparkling clean and beautifully presented. Take the time to clean your windows inside and out, remove all cobwebs, pressure clean any concrete, dust blinds and ceiling fans, clean all appliances, vacuum and mop the floors, steam clean the carpets if needed, bleach any discoloured grout, rearrange the closets and cupboards and wipe down all doors and handles to remove any grubby finger marks.
- Acquire a green thumb
Increase your street appeal and make a lasting first impression with neat, presentable gardens. Make sure the garden beds are weeded and think about spreading fresh chip bark, mow the lawns, lay lawn seed on any patchy areas of grass, trim overgrown bushes, remove any dead plants and replace with inexpensive leafy ones.
- Stylise and stage
Consider hiring a stylist to replace any outdated furniture and help buyers to see how they could potentially live in the different areas of your home. The right furniture can take a dull room and turn it into a fresh, contemporary space.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, make a list starting with the top priorities and work your way down. There may be things you have to leave due to time or financial constraints. Don’t hesitate to discuss these concerns with your agent and get their expert opinion on which tasks should take priority. Remember, any efforts you make to get your house ready for sale will only help to improve your sales result. It will all be worth it in the end!
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US
Overall I am extremely happy with the whole process and experience of buying my first unit that Karen and her team provided. Very friendly, prompt, knowledgable, open communication. Karen was great throughout and I would definitely recommend her as well as the company to everyone. Thanks again Karen!
30 May 2018
We were delighted with Karen Vogl as the agent who negotiated the purchase of our new home, as well as the sale of our former residence. At all times she was totally approachable, kept us fully informed on progress and she and her assistant Jess conducted our open for inspection times in a totally professional and friendly manner. We have been very happy with all her efforts on our behalf and would have no hesitation in recommending her and her firm to anyone contemplating buying or selling. Karen and the company Vogl/Walpole are just great.
06 Sep 2018
We could not be happier with the service we received from Donna. We originally brought our house and Donna was the sellers agent, we had such a great experience with her that we knew if ever we decided to sell the house we would go straight to Donna (which we did). We would highly recommend using voglwalpole!
07 Oct 2018
Karen is a pleasure to work with. She is very professional, and always keeping you informed.
12 Sep 2018
Donna's communication is by far the best.
Donna is by far and away the best real estate agent we've ever dealt with. Have Donna sell your home, you'll be glad you did.
We were thrilled with your professional service and the excellent result you got selling our home in Heathmont for us. It was a pleasure to deal with you, you made it a hassle free process for us.
Jenny and Mark,
Thank you so much for all the chats, help and advice that you have given us to help us find our new home which we just love.
Peter and Siobhan,
I would just like to thank you for the way you managed the sale of our home. After being there for 32 years we thought it would be a very traumatic experience but it all went very smoothly and the result you got for us was well above our expectations. You were open and honest with us and kept us informed the whole way which made making our decision to move on that much easier. Thanks again.
Anne and Jeff,
Many thanks to you and your team for the outstanding result you achieved for us in selling our Ringwood East home. Your friendliness, good communication skills and enthusiasm were most helpful and made the whole process that much easier. We would certainly recommend you to our family and friends.
Beryl and Allen,
Just a quick note of thanks to both Karen and Donna for your professionalism, dedication and outstanding work ethic. We were so delighted with the result you achieved for our home and wanted to acknowledge all the effort that went into it. We will certainly recommend you both to others.
Janine and Julian,
Thank you so much for selling my home in Ringwood East – you have been amazing. You were diligent, on the ball, helpful, friendly, efficient and kept us informed about every detail along the way. You made a stressful time in my life not so stressful at all. Thank you so much again.
We would just like to thank Donna, Karen and their team for their exceptional service and support in selling our house in Bayswater North. It is easy to panic during such a stressful time, but we always felt supported and listened to. We chose Donna because we met her along the way when we were buying and we liked her friendly and honest approach, and we wanted that for our buyers. Right down to Simon the photographer and Kathryn the copywriter the whole team has been great. Donna secured an exceptional result for the sale of our home and we have no hesitations in recommending Donna as the most outstanding real estate agent in the eastern suburbs. Jen and Linda Wendover Ave
Donna has been our agent on a number of houses. With the joint partnership between Donna & Karen – this is the only agents we would use when selling. Proactive, outstanding communication skills, friendly and approachable. Having an agent that buyers can engage with, trust and also develop a relationship with, is key for us when selling. Thanks so much again for the Croydon sale!
31 Aug 2018
Fantastic Agency - First Time Home Buyer - Best Experience
Donna & Karen made our first time home buyer experience a dream - from day one - when we stepped into the show-house they were just fantastic, engaging and gave all the right information we required. We never felt we were just a number as so many of the other agencies make you feel - they were personal - such a rare find these days. There response was same day and were never pushy. If I had to buy again - no questions asked - this is one agency I would go straight back to. All through the dealings until we received the keys to our home - this agency was top notch 5***** Thanks Donna & Karen
22 Aug 2018
Karen was warm and professional to deal with and we would happily work with her again the the future.
Buying a house is never simple! Karen has excellent knowledge and was prompt, transparent and professional with us. She also managed unforeseen problems proactively, communicated well with us and was quick to resolve issues as they arose. We appreciated working with such an honest agent.
Karen is extremely professional and worked tirelessly to achieve a great result for the sale of our house.
The process from start to finish was very smooth and Karen’s communication was excellent, keeping us informed every step of the way. I would happily recommend Karen as an agent for anyone wanting to sell their property.
I had been having a challenging time getting my head around the real game as a first home buyer until I met Donna and found my dream home
Donna immediately made me feel relaxed and informed without all the hard sell pressure. Nothing was too much trouble and I always felt at ease dealing with her. Highly recommended!
Professional, fair and honest
Excellent before and after sale service Donna helped us a lot with this purchase. I live in Perth and it is not easy for us to arrange building inspection etc. Donna made everything easy.
Tsui Yee, Ringwood
Outstanding service and great result.
I could not have been happier with Voglwalpole, Karen’s professionalism, expertise and service levels were well beyond the highest of expectations. Super impressed the entire experience and couldn’t recommend more highly.
Best agent around , could not have done anymore for us.
Really knows her stuff and was spot on with all her advise to us. She took all the stress out of the sale and made it so easy for us. We cannot thank you enough Donna.
Robert, Ferntree Gully
VoglWalpole - Not Just an Agent
Both Donna Walpole and Karen Vogl are experienced and capable professionals who provided us with an “exemplary client-focused real estate service”, true to the philosophy outlined on their Voglwalpole website.