f you were selling a car, you’d make  sure it was spruced  and  tidy, to give you the best chance of getting the best price, right? Similarly, when you want to sell your home,  be prepared for your normal  living pattern to be disrupted  only for a while - your home needs to be transformed into a showpiece, purely to attract the best buyers. A tiny effort is all you need, for your home to be sold quickly, and at a price to your liking. The following suggestions have proved invaluable to home owners; and, are worthy of special consideration.

First Impressions Are Lasting Impressions

The entrance greets the prospective buyer. Therefore, it helps, if the area is neat, clean and welcoming. Make prospective buyers inclined to want to enter.

Cleanliness is Paramount

Doors, windows/sills, woodwork, as well as all areas in full view, need to be clean and tidy. If need be, have carpets  and curtains professionally cleaned. It’s money well spent.


Prospective buyers tend to look inside closets and cupboards. Neat, well ordered shelves show that space in your home is ample. Avoid cluttered  kitchens  or bathrooms, as  these  rooms  can  clinch a sale.  Clean  out a cluttered  garage, or bedroom closet - this may be a good time to throw out unwanted junk, in preparation for the move to a new home!

Minor Flaws

Dripping taps, loose door knobs, sticking doors and windows etc. detract from the value of a home that is up for sale.

Let Your Home Smile A Welcome

Open the curtains or other window treatments (dark rooms are unappealing, and  make  rooms appear small). Have at least one vase of fresh flowers to emphasise caring and love of the home owner.

Odours and Vapours

Buyers have sensitive noses and will pick up lingering smells that you don’t notice any more, namely, pets, tobacco, etc. So avoid leaving used ashtrays around and keep your pet’s food, bedding and toilet areas clean.

Neat Yard Areas

Even if you are not the green thumb type, your home will present better if the grounds are neat and clean, shrubs trimmed and lawns edged. This extends to the nature strip.

Decorate, For A Quick Sale

Shabby walls, door frames,  gutters etc., reduce appeal. Why try to tell the prospective  buyer how your home could look, when you can show him/her by touching up these areas yourself. No doubt, the teenager of the house loves wall posters; but chances are that a prospective buyer may not. Pack away early, and remove any traces from walls.

Avoid Being Home During Inspections

People are uncomfortable, if the owner is hovering in the background. If you have to remain home,  turn off or tune down the radio or television. They are a distraction.

Be prepared to show the Property at ALL Times

The prospect you turn away may be your buyer.