You asked, we listened! Owing to her years of experience in the pre-sale property makeover industry, BG Property Styling’s Belinda Grundy speaks up about the things that you must do before putting your property on the market.

Lure them inside from the drive-bys

First impressions count, and that starts from your property’s exterior. The strategy is to make as much impact on the outside so that potential buyers will be lured into checking the inside of your property. What can you do?

  • Mow the lawn. If not, hire a landscaper to make your yard appealing.
  • Maintain maintain.
  • Renovate your windows. If they’re still in good condition, wash them, paint them.
  • Clean, paint or replace gutters and down pipes.
  • Work on your front porch and entry.  Something as simple as Washing down, clearing cobwebs and eplacing the light fixture works!
  • Paint your home’s exterior. Pick a contemporary and a neutral colour.


Move to the interior

There are three things you need to think about when it comes to working on your property’s interiors:

  • That potential buyers will see themselves living in every space of it.
  • That potential buyers will be impressed by how the interior looks.
  • That potential buyers will see a marriage between form, versatility and function.


Here are some of the things that you can do:

  • Go minimalist. Remove excess furniture and items and store them somewhere.
  • Depersonalise. Remove personal items so buyers will imagine their belongings  in every space.
  • Clean storage spaces. From cupboards to wardrobes, ensure that all storage is cleared.
  • Clean your entire home. Nothing beats the feeling of exceptional hygiene.
  • Dress your floor. Is it tired or dated?  If you can, install a new carpet – one with a neutral colour.
  • Paint it. A new touch of contemporary colour makes your property look fresh, clean and gives the impression the property is really well maintained.


Update or renovate

The idea behind updating or renovating a living space in your home is to add something of value to the next owner. So whether you’re thinking about focusing in one area to improve or adding additional living space, make sure that what you do is something that adds value – not only to your property’s price but also to the buyer’s convenience.

Consult a property makeover specialist

You can’t do everything on your own. There’s a big difference when a fresh eye looks at your property. Remember that subjective and objective appraisal of your property’s condition brings about different ideas for a pre-sale makeover. Pick an objective opinion, but that has to come from a professional. A property makeover specialist will uncover your home’s hidden jewels and will work to polish them for you.

But that’s not all. Hiring a property makeover specialist also helps pinpoint value-add work. As we always say, everything that you do before you sell your home should contribute to its value. You may dress a window, for example, but what good will that do if it won’t appeal to your prospective buyers? You may do a DIY renovation in your kitchen but how likely is it that buyers will see a valuable change?

Pre-sale property work has its challenges. But if you approach it systematically, you’ll save money, time, and effort from running around. You can surely do pre-sale work on your own. But unless you’re prepared to face unforeseen challenges, you’re better off getting advice from professionals. Start smart.