According to many leading estate agents, people make up their minds as to whether they will be buying a house before they’ve even walked through the door; when it comes to selling houses, first impressions count. Would you look twice at a house that had a broken fence, a jungle for a front garden and old, yellowing blinds hanging in the windows? We didn’t think so.
Welcome to the 1300 Rubbish guide to a stress free move…
Moving house with 1300 Rubbish: Our top tips for a speedy sale.
When it comes to selling your home, you don’t want to spend months having strangers trudging through your house and missing out on your “ideal home” because your current one just won’t sell. The key to a stress free sale is a quick sale so, at 1300 Rubbish, we spoke to some of our local real estate agents for their tips on how to prepare your home before you start viewings.
1.) First Impressions Count – Remove any front yard rubbish.
When selling your house, you need to capture the prospective buyer from the moment they step out of their car. Now is the time to mow that lawn and trade in the overgrown weeds for some new potted plants – real estate experts suggest adding some colour for an extra “wow” factor. (And while you’re practising your gardening skills, have a go at the back yard too.)
The front windows should be decorated to make the house look more inviting; yellow or tatty curtains and blinds just won’t do. Take them down and replace them with new, clean and simple blinds – they don’t have to be expensive, they just have to make the house look cared for.
Garages can also be a crucial selling point when it comes to your outdoor space. Piles of boxes and broken furniture won’t exactly scream “buy me”; strip out anything that doesn’t need to be there.
At 1300 Rubbish our guys will even do this for you, just point out what needs to go and they’ll load it all into their trucks and take it away there and then. That’s one load off your mind.
2.) De-Clutter – Establishing what you really need and what is rubbish.
Preparing a house for viewings is sometimes called “staging”; the idea is to make the house look like a home, but not one that is lived in, almost like a show home. Nothing that doesn’t need to be on tables should be on tables, likewise for tops of cupboards, mantelpieces and sideboards. De-cluttering doesn’t mean just hiding them away in cupboards either; wardrobes and doors bulging at the hinges will not only look terrible, but will suggest to the buyer that there isn’t enough storage space.
Be brutal – consider everything carefully and don’t be afraid to throw things away. Think realistically if you are ever going to need that back catalogue of gossip magazines or travel brochures; whilst one or two home decorating and gardening magazines on a coffee table can sell a lifestyle, a library of them just look like a mess. Think carefully about what you really need to take to your new house with you and then THROW THE REST AWAY.
Once your clear out is done, you can give us a call at 1300 Rubbish and we’ll come and take away all of that rubbish you’ve just uncovered – before your prospective buyers arrive of course! Depending on availability we aim to be with you within 24 hours and try our best to arrange a time that suits you.
3.) Uncover Original Features – Strip out that old, rubbish carpet.
Some experts suggest replacing old, tatty carpets for simple, neutral coloured carpet before selling your house as it will make rooms look brighter, bigger and cleaner. A cheaper option would be to check the floorboards underneath – are they nice enough to show off? Original features like old wooden floorboards can add value to your house, as well as adding character and giving your house a uniqueness it will need against its competition, so strip out that carpet and uncover that history.
If pulling up a carpet sounds like too much hard work, 1300 Rubbish are specialists in strip outs and can remove the old carpet for you AND take it away at the same time, saving you a potentially messy and time consuming job.
Does moving house sound like a chore? Call 1300 Rubbish today and we’ll come and help take a load off your mind.
After what seems like an entire home renovation to prepare your house for sale, you’re sure to end up with a large amount of various rubbish – old furniture, blinds, curtains, carpets and green waste. 1300Rubbish specialise in hands on rubbish removal and we aim to make your life easier so that you don’t have to worry. All it takes is one simple phone call and we can help you get your house ready for those all important inspections.
At 1300 Rubbish we can clear out garages, strip out carpets, take away your rubbish and even sweep up afterwards, without you having to lift a finger. When it comes to moving house 1300 Rubbish can be with you every step of the way; why not give our office a call for an easy, obligation free quote on 1300 78 22 47.