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Get Your House Ready For Sale

Simon Stevensen


Thinking about selling your home?  As the old saying goes “There’s no second chance to make a good first impression.” That first impression is really going to count when potential buyers arrive at the front of your home.  If they’re not happy with what they see outside, they might not be interested in seeing what’s inside... no matter how amazing it may be. 

Here are a few tips and ideas that will ensure your home is ready to impress!

First let me say that not all improvements have to be big or expensive.  There are so many quick fixes and small upgrades you can make that will make a huge impact!   
Start with the usual gardening routine such as mowing, trimming and weeding but then step it up a notch by cleaning all the exterior surfaces with a pressure washer. I’m talking about pathways, brick walls, decks and even the exterior of your house.  You’ll be amazed at what a difference this makes. If you don’t have access to a pressure washer, you can buy one for as little as $100 from most hardware stores or you can hire one. 

The front door and surrounding areas have got to be in good nick. You want to create an atmosphere that’s welcoming and appealing. If the door is chipped or scratched, fix it up and put a fresh coat of paint on it. Repair or replace ripped screen doors and clear away cobwebs and all other debris.

Clean and declutter! You might be very fond of your Star Wars collection complete with life-sized Darth Vader, but it’s very possible that a potential buyer won’t be. Make each room neutral and impersonal, you want them to be able to visualise themselves living there. Rent a storage space or borrow a neighbour’s garage to store your collection.

Let the sun shine in! But clean your windows first. A surprising amount of grit and grunge builds up over a short amount of time. This can affect the quality of light getting into a room making everything inside appear dark and dreary. If privacy isn’t an issue take down the curtains or replace them with inexpensive blinds. I did this when I was selling my home and it was a game changer – bright and cheery makes your home so much more saleable! For inspiration and ideas visit Stuart Blinds - 

Tidy up a bathroom by replacing all grout around the tiles. It’s much easier now than it used to be as there is pre-mixed grout available in a range of colours. Treat mould and mildew then clean, clean, clean – it should be spotless and look as though it’s well looked after. For more bathroom ideas visit Allstyle Bathrooms -

The kitchen is one of, if not the most important areas in your house. If the budget allows, a fresh coat of paint in a neutral colour will be money well spent. Either way, a good clean is essential to get rid of all the grease and grime that build up in every kitchen. Small things like replacing cabinet knobs, handles and hardware will give a remarkably big boost too. For more kitchen ideas visit Seabreeze Kitchens - 

I recently read an article on about what turns off a prospective buyer when shopping for a home. Here are a few of their top no-no’s: 

No surprises here, but you’ll want to ditch the woodchip wallpaper and 1980s style paint effects, especially any purple rag-rolled feature walls you might have. Also in the sin bin are mirrored ceilings, strip lighting and avocado coloured bathrooms. Apparently, stuffed moose heads aren’t that desirable either so if there’s one hanging above your fireplace, I’d get that up on eBay, fast!

Simon Stevenson has been in the building industry for over 35 years.  He is still “on tools” as well as owner of a local home improvement and painting company.  Simon hosts the very popular Simons House Home Improvement Show on 2UE 954am every Saturday afternoon from 1.00 and his handy home improvement tips are heard on radio stations all across Australia.  Please visit or send an email to

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