Top touch up tips to get your home ready for sale

After you’ve lived in a house for a while, the cracks – both literal and otherwise – start to go unnoticed, which means you may need to refocus on the finer details when it comes time to sell. Giving your home and garden a bit of a touch up will help grow its value and make it sell quicker.

You don’t have to be a handyman to do it all yourself. Cordless power tools, like the Ryobi ONE+, which offers up to 70 different tools with just one battery, can really help when you’re staring down the barrel at a range of odd jobs. It can also make the following touch-ups easier for novices who need a job done quickly.

Hedges and edges

Maximise your street appeal with an impeccably tidy garden. You’ve probably mowed the lawn but go the extra mile by cutting back unruly trees and using an edge trimmer to distinguish your grass areas. The goal is to make sure the buyer doesn’t walk up to your home and immediately imagine the maintenance required before even getting inside.

Disperse leaf litter

If you live in a leafy area, tree litter can be a real pain. As fast as you pick leaves up, more appear! Instead of raking or sweeping your outdoor areas, a leaf blower and vacuum will make this far easier to manage, especially if you’re tidying up last-minute before an inspection.

Weed the garden

Manually pulling out weeds is finicky business, so get in early with a weed sprayer. It can be a delicate task but aim the nozzle of your weed sprayer precisely over problem plants and you’ll avoid killing the greenery you want to keep.

Signed, sealed, delivered

Reassure prospective buyers that your home won’t crumble around them by sealing up any cracks in your walls, windows or doors with a caulking gun. If you’re a bit unsure how to do this, a battery-operated caulking gun will help you be more precise and controlled with your sealant.

Replace old fittings and fixtures

It’s amazing what new light fixtures, taps and cabinet handles can achieve. If your home looks dowdy and retains a few quirky remnants of its origin era, some details can be adjusted at little cost and effort. You want your home to appeal to broad tastes and appear modern.

Buff your floors

For sellers with hardwood floors, a bit of buffing will make them seem brand new. Reduce signs of wear and tear and make them really shine ahead of your first open house.

Clean, Clean, Clean

It may seem obvious, but when it comes to selling your home, you must make sure it’s clean. Pay particular attention to lingering odours, dusty skirting boards or light fixtures, and areas you may not venture into often. People at your inspections will notice!

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