We suggest you consider the following helpful hints whilst your home is on the market. Some of these points could assist you to achieve a quicker sale and, in some cases, help achieve a better price.
First things first
Get a market appraisal
The real estate market is constantly changing. To assist with your decision making it is imperative you obtain a market appraisal and find out the current value of your property. We are readily available to assist FREE of charge. Simply complete your details and we will schedule an appointment.
Preparing your property for sale
Inspections are like a first date. You only get one chance to make that first impression.
Set your property up for inspection success with these simple tips.
1. Cut the clutter
Buyers wish to see space, not clutter. Display the full value of your rooms by removing unnecessary articles and organising those items you want to retain there. Clean out garages and sheds of excess furniture and old treasures. Make cupboards look bigger by making them neat and well organised to show that the space is ample. Perhaps you might consider a garage sale before you sell.
2. Do some repairs
From leaking taps to a broken bulb, make sure the minor repairs are taken care of. A lick of paint will freshen scuffs and scrapes in the woodwork. Basic maintenance work will help to ensure buyers don’t find any faults. Have them fixed.
3. Clean and bright
Before every viewing give your property a once-over, ensuring that windows are clean inside and out– it’s surprising how much difference it makes to the light. Show the prospective buyer how attractive the home is rather than highlight the work the new owner will need to put in as soon as they move in.
4. First impressions
An inviting exterior ensures inspection of the interior. Make sure the front of your property looks appealing and inviting with a weed-free garden, keep lawns trimmed, flower beds cultivated and the yard free of rubbish.
Planning a successful open for inspection
1. Simple tips that make a big difference
- Have the home cool in summer and warm in winter
- Buy fresh flowers this is another way to add personality
- Remove smells that are unplesant by using candles, air freshners or even freshly brewed coffee
- Air out your home thorougly before the inspection, so it feels as fresh and clean as possible
- Draw back curtains and blinds to bring in as much light as possible and open the windows
- Clear away evidence of day to day living to avoid a cluttered appearance
- Check and re-check your bathroom. Bright and clean bathrooms enhandce the sale ability of many homes. Clean mirrors, have healthy plants on show and co-ordinate towels and mats.
- Keep stairways and walkways clear for safety reasons
2. Leave it to the experts
It is preferable for the owners to be away from the property during inspections as potential buyers may feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house. Visit a friend, go for a nice little drive or walk around the block.
Let the representative discuss price and terms with the prospective purchaser. They are qualified and trained to bring the negotiations to a favourable conclusion.