What Issues Should You Look Out For Before Putting Your House to Auction?

Written by realestateview.com.au in Renovating

Selling your property can be exciting, it’s a milestone in your life that you’ll never forget. But whilst selling your house show’s just how far you’ve come, putting your house up for auction can also be a very stressful experience. Ensuring your property impresses potential buyers and turns a good profit can become painful if you don’t put the necessary preparation into your house prior to auction day. So to make the whole process simpler, below are five issues you should look out for before putting your house to auction. 

1.  Pests

Nothing will put potential buyers off more than seeing signs of a potential pest problem in or around a property. If you’re worried about a potential pest problem, it may be a good idea to get a pest control expert out to take a look at the property for you. If you’ve dealt with pest issues in the past, but there is still evidence of it around your home, such as doorways showing signs of termite damage or small holes created by mice, you’ll want to clean this up prior to organising any house viewings.

2.  Roof Damage

Repairing roof damage can be a long and expensive project that no potential buyer wants to take on. When it comes to roof damage, prevention is always better than the cure, so you may want to patch up any suspicious tiles before putting your property to auction. Having a well-maintained roof that is made using good-quality materials will be better suited to protecting your home from the elements. This, in turn, could reduce your (or the potential buyers) home insurance rate, so looking after your roof and giving it a spruce up before selling is a must. 


3.  Unwanted Odours

There is a multitude of things that can cause unwanted odours in a property and all of them can be detrimental to the sale. If you’re selling an older property then ensure you have old sewage and water pipes checked over by a plumbing company. The last thing you’ll want to happen when your hosting house viewings is a pipe blockage or leak. Damp and mould can also be off-putting and often affects houses that have poor ventilation. 

Smoking and pets can also leave an unpleasant odour lingering around a home. If this is something you’re worried about a professional cleaning service may be worth looking into. 


4.  Faulty Fixtures and Fittings

There’s just no excuse to ignore faulty or broken fixtures and fittings if you’re trying to impress potential buyers with a well-put-together home. Taps, cupboard handles and light switches can all be updated and replaced relatively cheaply – especially if you buy these in bulk. Making sure your fixtures and fittings are in good working order shows you’ve looked after the property and that the house is worth every penny that the potential buyer is prepared to pay for it.  

It’s also a good idea to stock up on lightbulbs. Lighting is super important when showing potential buyers what’s great about your space and nothing looks worse than a bust bulb. 

5.  Dodgy Decor

For your house to appeal to the masses you may need to rethink your interior decorating choices. Neutral colours like white, pale grey and beige may not be to your taste, but they will allow potential buyers to view the property as a blank canvas. Lighter shades will also make spaces seem bigger, brighter and more open whilst also making the walls look clean and fresh. 


Considering the above points before putting your house up for auction is a sure-fire way to increase your chances of selling on the big day. Investing a little money, time and effort now to impress potential buyers could mean your house sells for much more than you thought possible.