You should have already done the hard yards preparing your house for sale, and hopefully that included a good decluttering, paint job if required, new light bulbs if necessary, and fixing any glaring repairs. Come auction day, you need to get potential buyers to completely love your home and quickly - so much so they want to bid!
It needn’t be expensive, and there’s a few quick and simple things you can do before the big day that are cheap but not nasty. All up, it should cost you less than $100.
- A professional clean - Get a cleaner in to make sure bathrooms are sparkling, floors are vacuumed and mopped and the whole place looks and smells clean and lovely. Pay attention to mould in wet areas, which can be quite off-putting. If you have kept things clean through the inspection period, this shouldn’t be expensive, and if you are already a super tidy person, you could do it yourself and save the money for something else on this list. Cost $40+
- Lights on and Curtains Open- If the day is not blustery cold, showcase any available natural light by leaving lights on and curtains open. For cold weather auctions, make your home warm and inviting, whether by heating it, or lighting a fire. Free
- Mow the lawn - A freshly mown lawn adds immeasurable street appeal, and considering most vendors decide if a place appeals from the exterior, we can’t stress how important this is. If you have dogs, make sure to clean up any mess, and relocate them to a neighbour or friend for auction day. While buyers may not notice if the lawn is mowed, we guarantee they will notice if it isn’t! This should of course cost nothing. Free
- A bunch of cheerful flowers - By all means go all out and splurge on a florist bunch, but you can buy nice varieties from fruit shops and supermarkets, which you can rearrange into vases for about $10 a bunch
- Matching toiletries - It sounds silly, but if you must leave shampoos and conditioners on display, make sure there’s not too many out, and that those in shower recesses match. Nice handwash placed in bathrooms also creates a good impression. Cost $10+
- Hide the dirty washing, dirty plates and laundry baskets - As people will poke through cupboards, it is best to put them in your car or well out of the way of prying eyes. Any dirty plates should go in the dishwasher, or be washed and put away. This won’t cost a penny. Free
- Remove personal photos where possible - By removing as many images of you and your family as possible, potential buyers can better envisage their own family in the property. Free
- A nice scented candle - Not overbearing, just one which is lightly fragrant and smells fresh. Supermarkets have fragrances evocative of A fresh laundry for around $5.00
- Bottle of Bubbly - That leaves you with about $20 to buy a bottle of sparkling wine to give to your successful bidder as a congratulations gift, or even drink yourself! If you saved on professional cleaning, then get yourself a lovely French Champagne instead. $20
- Mirrors - Can assist in making a small space more welcoming and look bigger. They reflect much needed light which brightens up a room and makes it feel more welcoming when people are viewing your property. Cost $15+
Unlike private treaty sales, auctions have an element of urgency and emotion. The key to maximising your sale price on auction day is to create a sense of “home” for potential buyers, allowing them to envisage themselves in your space. It is important to make them feel like the place is clean, doesn’t need much work, and is generally easy to maintain.
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