Preparing your home for sale over summer

A minimalist approach is a good idea if you're preparing to sell your home.A minimalist approach is a good idea if you're preparing to sell your home. Photo: Sold on Styling

While the property market winds down over summer, there is still plenty of work that can be done in the lead-up to the busy autumn season. If you are planning on selling this year, experts say there is no time like the present to prepare your home for sale.

Consider the timing

It might be quiet over Christmas, but you’ll find plenty of people looking, ready to make their move at the start of the year. Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Woden and Weston Creek director Shane Killalea advises acting sooner rather than later. “If you were thinking of selling, the early part of the year might be the best part,” he says. He has already had inquiries from interstate and overseas buyers hoping to settle into a new home before the start of the school year.

Start outside

Sold on Styling’s Suzy Piani and Melinda Jamieson say plants will need some extra TLC in the warmer months. Move potted plants out of the hot western and look after any new plants with shading. “Make repairs where necessary to paving, fencing, garden beds and outdoor lighting,” Ms Piani says. “Adding a fresh coat of paint to tired fencing and decking can make a big impact.”


In addition to decluttering the yard, you’ll want to tidy up inside. “Consider what you will be taking to your next home,” Ms Jamieson says. “You might like to use a simple sticker system to help you – for example, place small coloured dots on the items you want to keep, then different colours on items to be donated to charity, sold or thrown away. If there are a lot of unwanted items, hire a skip to make removal easy.”


There will be a lot of treasured possessions you will want to keep, but they may not help sell your home. LJ Hooker Manuka principal Stephen Thompson says there are some personal items you’ll want to pack up before open homes. “Minimalise the home in terms of taking away photos and trinkets,” Mr Thompson says. “This way when someone comes through the house, they can imagine their own family living in the property.”

Consult with a stylist

It helps to distance yourself from the property and Harcourts agent Jeremy Maher says his top tip is to use a stylist. “Nothing beats having an objective eye come in to relocate and remove clutter,” Mr Maher says. Sold on Styling’s Suzy Piani says a furnished property makes it easier for people to imagine themselves living in a space. “If you need help, don’t be afraid to contact a property stylist,” Ms Piani says. “Sold on Styling provides a free half-hour appraisal to help you get started.”