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What NOT to Do When Preparing Your Home for Sale.

Recently I wrote about preparing your home for a winter sale and I also gave you some advice on presenting the master bedroom, but what NOT to do when selling, can be equally important.

So here we go – my top 5 selling ‘faux pas’:

Faux Pas #1:  Baking or brewing coffee before an inspection – don’t do it!

Stick to clean and fresh fragrances instead.  Citrus or woody scents are ideal.  Use something good quality though – you don’t want to be giving your prospects headaches!

Faux Pas #2:  Decluttering TOO much – where’s the love?

The right furniture and accessories can make an ordinary house feel like a dream home. Finding the right balance between what to keep and what to store, can be tough.  Consider a stylist to bring in new items or to help you coordinate your own.

Faux Pas #3:  Fake flowers and plants – go real or go home!

Fresh flowers and plants add a lovely ambiance to any room.  Keep your display simple and go for single colour floral arrangements or just greenery!

Faux Pas #4:  Not wanting to advertise – you can’t sell a secret! 

So… you went to all this effort preparing your home for sale, potentially your biggest asset, but you don’t want anybody to know about it?  One buyer + another buyer + another buyer + another buyer, who all love your home equals a higher sale price for you.

Faux Pas #5:  Attending your own open for inspections – not today!

Believe me you stand out.  No matter how inconspicuous you think you are being. You have a different look about you and a buyer can smell you a mile off.  Do yourself a favour and go for a walk or short drive.  Let your buyers explore your property freely and let your agent do their job.


Karen Taylor Chernishov shares her knowledge on property, style and renovation, helping you sell, buy, manage or invest in real estate across Melbourne's South East, Victoria, Australia. Telephone 0408 991 855

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