Preparing Your Sydney Home for Sale

selling sydney property Selling Sydney Property – Preparing Your Home

With the recent upsurge in property activity and auction clearance rates being very high in Sydney we are seeing a lot of interest now in getting homes ready for sale prior to a move. Most Real-Estate agencies suggest you have a clean-out and clean-up prior to putting your property on the market.

Given this, we decided to put together this guide to 1) Preparing your house for sale and 2) Being ready for Open Days. The Man and His Van team wish you the best of luck with your Sydney house sale.

Stage 1:  Preparation Prior to Putting your House On the Market

Preparing a home for sale when selling Sydney property doesn’t have to be a hard or difficult project. In fact, the process is more straightforward than one might expect. There are a lot of important, surprisingly easy steps to take that are incredibly effective.

The first step to preparing a home for sale is to get it ready to be viewed. The last thing one wants is to have a cluttered, dirty house to show to potential buyers. Remember: when showing a home, potential buyers need to envision themselves living in the house for sale. This can be very hard to do in a home that isn’t well taken care of.

While the words ‘decluttering’ and ‘cleaning’ may sound unpleasant to some, there are a few easy steps you can take to better prepare yourself for a first showing of your home.


Have a Garage Sale or Moving Sale

Everyone has heard of the term ‘moving sale’ – having a sale to get rid of unwanted items prior to a move. Why not have a ‘pre-moving’ sale to get rid of the clutter now? If you know you are going to be moving house anyway, it’s useful to just get the sale over with. Doing this will not only get rid of clutter and unwanted items, but will also bring in dollars that can be used invest in fixing up and presenting your house for sale.

Throw Away Unnecessary Items

Some items may not even be worth selling. Prior to showing your house for the first time, it is important to perform some spring cleaning. Take the time to clean out those cupboards that have been piling up since Christmases now long gone. You need to junk what you don’t want and know won’t sell.

Store Items

Selling Sydney PropertyWhile getting rid of certain items may not be an option you are willing to consider, there is always the option of renting storage space to move furniture and other such items to in advance of the move. If you don’t have the time to start packing up and storing items prior to selling your home consider the option of hiring a Sydney removalist company such as Man and His Van. We can do all the work needed, such as furniture removals, to help move the items from one location to another.


It’s not just about getting rid of the clutter. Home owners need to make their house look presentable to potential buyers. Hiring a cleaning company to come in and deep clean the carpets and tiles will not only save time, but could also contribute to a higher selling price. The better presented your apartment or home, the more it will sell for.

Fix It Up

Another key action is to fix anything that may be broken. While it may cost a little money to fix the broken sink in the bathroom, it will likely cost a lot more to not fix it. In most circumstances, leaving fixtures broken causes potential buyers to either not want to buy the property or be willing to pay significantly less – it can also lengthen the process of securing sale relative to property inspection and subsequent negotiations. Few want to buy a home that they will have to spend money on right away. The following is a list of things every seller should get checked before putting their house on the market.

  • Appliances: Make sure all appliances are working. This includes air conditioners, heaters, and hot water heaters.
  • Taps: Check all taps for leaks.
  • Exteriors: Fix any exterior issues such as missing roof tiles or blocked gutters. Prune overgrown trees.
  • Lights: Make sure all light bulbs are working, including exterior ones.
  • Cabinets: Cabinets should all be in working order, opening and closing properly.
  • In General: Take a general audit of anything unsightly or in need of repair relative to your specific property and attend to it.

Consider Fresh Paint

One final tip all homeowners should consider when preparing your property for sale is to give it a fresh look. Over time, paint begins to chip away, leaving bare spots on the walls. Going over the entire place with a fresh coat of paint will not only give it a new look, but will also make the home seem bigger and more open.

Spending Money on Repairs 

It is not necessary to spend an excessive amount of money on home repairs prior to selling. Although it’s important to make sure repairs are made, replacing an entire roof when just a few tiles need replacing is an unnecessary task. While it may be impressive to potential buyers that the home has a new roof, it more than likely won’t make them want to pay substantially extra for it. So remember: spend money on necessary repairs, but don’t go out of the way to make unnecessary ones.


Stage 2: On the Market – Preparing the Home for Open Days

Aside from the previous tips sellers need to consider before putting their home on the market, there are other tips that should be considered when preparing a home for open days. Open days are when potential buyers will view the property that is for sale. It is extremely important that the house is presentable.

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Here are ten tips on preparing a home for open days:

1) Remove family photos

As unnecessary as it sounds, this is one of the more important tips. Potential buyers are going to be viewing the home to imagine themselves in it — pictures of the current owners and their family do not assist their imaginations.

2) Remove Air Fresheners

It’s important that the home smells amazing and inviting when people come by to look at it, but the last thing a home owner wants to do is to give a potential buyer a sneezing fit. Some people are allergic to the chemicals in some synthetic air fresheners. In order to avoid a disaster, make sure the home is free of them. Instead of air fresheners, home owners can always fill the house with freshly baked goods. Otherwise, in all seasons other than Winter in Sydney, leave windows open to let some fresh air in.

3) Provide Refreshments

With that being said, another great tip home owners should consider is to have baked goodies and refreshments available for potential buyers to enjoy while viewing the home.

4) Buy new towels

Even something as simple as buying new towels to put up throughout the house can lift your bathroom and kitchen spaces.

5) Set the table

To make a home inviting, it is always a good idea to set the table. This will not only make a home more enticing, but it will also help potential home buyers imagine what it would look like to sit down to a nice, family meal if they owned the home.

6) Plant some flowers

Making the outside inviting and appealing is just as important. Take the time to trim the grass and plant a few flowers.

7) Let the light in

During open days, it is important to make sure the windows and drapes are left open. Having natural sunlight will create a warm atmosphere for potential buyers. Having a home filled with sunlight is always more inviting than a home with closed windows and artificial light.

8) Don’t use cupboards for storage

Most people use their cupboards to store unwanted items or rarely used appliances. When trying to prepare a home for a viewing, it is important that your cupboards look just as good as the rest of the house. Potential buyers are going to be viewing every aspect of the home, and that includes the insides of your cupboards. No one wants to open a hall closet to find it filled with clutter and unwanted items. It will give the potential buyer the impression that the house isn’t big enough for their needs if it obviously isn’t big enough for the current owner.

9) Remove your vehicles

Don’t leave cars parked in the driveway or garage during open days. Move the vehicles to a family member’s home or friends house.

10) Turn on soft music

This will create a relaxing and enjoyable environment for potential buyers while they view the interior of the home.

Preparing Yourself for Open Days – Be out of the House

On open days, it is important that you (the seller) is not home during the viewing time. Letting potential buyers enter and explore the home without the sellers present is a must. It will not only give them a chance to decide if they like the house and the amenities that come with it, but it will also give them the time they need to imagine themselves occupying the residency.

On open days, it’s important for sellers to make plans that will keep them gone for the best part of the day. They could do a variety of things such as going to the movies, visiting family, shopping, or spending a day at the park. Whatever it is that sellers like to do, they need to do it. Staying far away as possible is key to getting the home sold. Let your real estate agent handle it.

The same concept is also true for pets. If you have pets such as dogs and cats, try to take them to a family member or a boarding facility for the day. Potential buyers do not want to and should not have to deal with the nuisance of a house pet. Having a house pet present may also raise a list of red flags for potential buyers, such as questions regarding damages done by the pet. Keeping pets away on open days is a must.

Finding the Right Schedule

Preparing a home for open days is not just about preparing the physical appearance of a home — it is also about timing. You need to find the best time to have the open days that gives you enough time to prepare your home for viewing. It must also be the right time for the potential buyers. Having a viewing close to a holiday or on a weekend of some major community event is not a good idea.

Below are tips on scheduling that will make it easier to prepare the house for the big day.

Don’t make it too early

If a viewing is scheduled for too early in the day, you may not be giving yourself enough time to prepare. While you can always remove clutter and personal photographs a couple days in advance, little things like dirty dishes and dirty laundry can sometimes not be done early in the morning – especially if you have young children. The best time to schedule a viewing is in the afternoon after 1pm. That will give you the best opportunity available to make sure your home is spick and span for the occasion.

Make the House Memorable

You will want potential buyers to remember your home after they leave. Ensure your real estate agent provides flyers that potential buyers can take with them. These flyers should include:

– At least four colour photos of the home that showcases key highlights, such as the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and/or outside features

– A list of the home’s features, such as walk-in wardrobes, appliances and other chattels

– List of nearby school districts/ zoning, parks, and local shopping centres.

First impressions are always important — especially during open days. While it is possible to have more than one viewing, it is usually the first viewing that will determine the price potential buyers are willing to pay for the property. By decluttering, storing items, and making the home appealing to buyers, you will be well positioned to take full advantage of Sydney’s booming property market.

For further information about moving house storage, a removals quote, or to make a booking, contact Man and His Van Call: 02-99073300 or via email here.

Michael Cummins About Michael Cummins

Michael Cummins is the owner and principle at Man & His Van in Sydney. Mike has a broad expertise in relation to the removals business with over 20 years experience running one of Sydney's most successful removals companies -- Man and His Van is a strong brand that is much recognised for it's professional clean-cut working-class-man image.
Mike also takes a keen interest in the Sydney Property Market.