1. Clean your house

You’ll be surprised how often this is overlooked. Trying to sell a dirty house is no easy feat and, as a result, I highly recommend absorbing the cost of a professional cleaner to get your place looking schmick.

2. Paint dirty or dated walls and doors

Sometimes it’s this simple. While painting can be done as a DIY job, you’ll get a much nicer finish by engaging a professional. How far you go is really dependent on your budget.

3. Update benchtops

Change them completely or simply grab a DIY resurfacing kit from your hardware store. Kitchens sell houses, so it should be no surprise that dated benchtops – just like dirty doors and walls – can make a kitchen feel dirty as opposed to lived in.

4. Clean the roof

The roof is one of the biggest components of any house, so getting it squeaky clean for inspection day might give your place a point of difference. You can always get a professional roof cleaner up there with a pressure washer – as opposed to jumping up on the roof yourself.

5. Change your window furnishings

Depending on the size of your house this could be a relatively cost-effective way to add some real pop to your home and windows.

6. Update your lights and globes

The importance of uniformity should never be forgotten. A large percentage of homeowners don’t actually realise there are different temperature globes or LEDs out there, for example warm and cool white globes. If your home has different temperature globes in every room I strongly suggest you head to your hardware store to update the ones that don’t match.

7. Update your carpet

Lived-in carpets with well-worn hiking trails through the middle of them can really detract from an otherwise well-presented home. At the very least get your carpets professionally cleaned to revitalise them for your open home.

8. Hire a stylist to decorate your home for the open

This might involve hiring new furniture and placing your own in storage for the weekend, but if it brings you $25,000+ for the sale value, then the small pain of organising everything might be well worth it.