Moving house – unless the place is being sold under you – usually brings a fresh burst of excitement to life.
You might be relocating to a quieter or more exciting neighbourhood, getting more space or even moving into your first mini-mansion.
The downside being that the actual act of shifting yourself and everything you own is surely one of the world’s most excruciating undertakings.
To refresh your memory, here are eight things you’re likely to forget every single time you get ready to back up the moving truck.
1. THE FREAKIN’ FORMS
Whether you’re applying for a rental, or a mortgage, there’s always an onslaught of paperwork.
2. WHERE’S THAT BLOODY ALLEN KEY?
Need to dismantle your bed frame? I’ll bet a month’s rent that the Allen key you distinctly remember owning has done a runner just when you need it. Next time, at least try to keep it somewhere sensible.
If you’re planning a summer sale, be prepared to stand out from the crowd.
While spring is historically known as the booming real estate season, summer is hot on its heels, with many vendors taking advantage of this time of year to best showcase their property’s outdoor features.
Try the following DIY projects to have your property summer-ready before auction day.
CREATE COLOUR MEMORIES WITH PAINT
Applying a fresh coat of paint is a tried-and-true selling tactic for creating visual appeal and what’s known as “colour memories”. “Buyers look at lots of homes and need something to remember. Colour is important for triggering memories,” “Even if it’s just painting the front door, or a kid’s bedroom, or a wall behind the bed. It doesn’t have to be bold; just something to distinguish the home from the other 10 properties buyers saw that weekend.” Try experimenting with the latest shades on the interior walls. This summer, Dulux predict interiors will be inspired by “global flavours” with a combination of adventurous and exotic colours.
Popular paint shades include warm, deep hues such as red, burgundy and orange, specifically, Dulux Manila, Buttercookie and Gold Pheasant.
If you’re hesitant about using colour, a classic shade of white is a safe go-to. “Interiors are more trend based than exteriors, but white also remains very popular. White allows buyers to visualise themselves in the home.” FUTURE-PROOF THE EXTERIOR
A well-presented facade creates excitement and interest from the outset, urging potential buyers to inspect the property.
If the paint on your property’s facade is peeling or in a dated colour, now is the time for an update.
Unlike interiors where a use of colour is encouraged, vendors are advised to choose neutral, classic paint shades for their property’s facade.
CREATE AN OUTDOOR DOMAIN
There’s no better time to sell a property with an outdoor dining area, than summer.
If your home is lacking a designated entertainment area, adding an outdoor domain – inclusive of a barbecue, seating, lighting, and a feature such as greenery, a heater or fire pit – can be a cost-effective way to boost your property’s value.
A seller’s guide to open house etiquette
Readying your house for the open inspection goes with the territory of trying to sell it. This is your opportunity to showcase its best aspects, generate some buzz, and attract the right buyers. These ‘guests’ are ones you definitely want to impress so here are our tips for being the perfect open house host.
Depersonalise each and every room.
This means decluttering and clearing the shelves so that anyone who passes through can easily imagine themselves (and their things) in the space.
Pay close attention to the exterior.
Get any repair jobs or repainting done, which is much easier than explaining to potential buyers that they’re on your to-do list.
Don’t be there.
Buyers feel uncomfortable and self-conscious knowing the owner is creeping around them. They’re also known to say some scathing things and you don’t want to be there to hear it, trust us.If you do decide to stay, dress nicely. Remember, how you present yourself is a reflection of your housekeeping and taste! And resist the urge to follow buyers as they inspect the house. Nobody likes a human shadow. Meet them, greet them, then discreetly get out of their way.
Close the toilet seat lid. Just do it. (Similarly, replace that tatty roll of loo paper with a fresh one. It will make a difference.)Open all the shades and curtains, and allow the house to be flooded with as much natural light as possible. If your house is dark, experiment with different lighting schemes.Whether you like it or not, at least one potential buyer is going to use your bathroom, sit on your furniture, and peer into your closet to scrutinise it for size. Amplify the appearance of storage space by doing a thorough clean out before they arrive.
Don’t park your car in the driveway.
This makes it hard for potential buyers to manoeuvre their way past. Leave it clear. They’ll see an empty driveway and visualise themselves pulling up in it. Polite note requesting visitors to remove their shoes If you believe in a shoe-free household, there’s nothing worse than imagining 50-plus people traipsing their germ- and grime-ridden soles all over your cream carpet.