Hints & Tips

Hints & Tips


PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALEgeneral-tips

We have prepared some information to assist you in getting your property ready for home opens and photography.

The most important thing to remember is first impressions count! Your property is usually just one in a very long list of properties a buyer will see, so it’s crucial that they see it in the best possible light. The more desirable your property appears, the better your sale price is likely to be!

See our full printable liftout here: Preparing Your Home

INSIDE

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    • Remove clutter – storage boxes are a must! Consider temporary storage for bulky items of furniture or any other large items you don’t need
    • Invest in a new doormat
    • A complete spring clean – scrub walls, skirting boards, floors, tiles, windows, light switches, fixtures and fittings
    • Check doors, windows, awnings and blinds all open and shut properly
    • Use your best linen on the beds and best towels in the bathroom

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  • Ensure all light globes are in working order
  • Have all carpets, lounges and curtains professionally cleaned
  • Check for any signs of insects or rodents
  • Eliminate odours with fresh flowers, fruit or cakes/cookies placed in plain sight in the kitchen.
  • Avoid air fresheners which only mask household smells
  • Paint walls with neutral colours in order to appeal to the largest audience

OUTSIDE

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  • Freshen exterior paint
  • Wash down the external walls and clean gutters
  • Sweep driveway and paths
  • Clean windows and entrance door
  • Tidy garage – using shelving is a great way to create more storage space
  • Keep bins out of site Ensure pool, ponds and water features are well cleaned and properly functioning
  • Clean garden umbrellas and outdoor setting
  • Remove clothes from clothes line Park cars a little further down the street during the photography session

THE GARDEN

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  • Keep the lawn cut and edges trimmed
  • Remove all weeds and add fresh mulch or turn over the soil
  • Trim back trees and any overhanging plants
  • Plant new flowers to add colour to the garden (try to match flowers to colour theme of house)
  • Pot plants or tubs strategically placed around the house (on the veranda or patio) can look amazing
  • Repair any damaged fences
  • Remove oil spills from the driveway
  • Remove any garden clippings and rubbish

STYLING YOUR HOME

Place furniture to maximise the space, light and flow of each room

INSPECTION DAY

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  • Keep all curtains and bedroom doors open maximizing natural light
  • Give each room a final check, empty bins and vacuum or sweep where necessary
  • Utilise lamps and flowers to create a homely, welcoming atmosphere
  • Manage the temperature of the rooms if possible – cool in summer, warm in winter
  • Remove your valuables from the house
  • Keep pets out of the house and if possible out of the garden
  • Leave the property during the inspection – the meet and greet should be left up to the real estate agent who will take down the details of everyone that visits the home and follow up later.

HAVE FUN

Most importantly try to enjoy the selling process. Avoid stress by being well prepared and use the people around you to help carry the work load.

See our full printable liftout here: Preparing Your Home

 

THE REAL ESTATE SALES PROCESS

 

Thinking about selling?

You need a market appraisal and styling advice, as well as someone to inform you about what will add value to your home.

Is it definitely time to sell your home?

  1. Prepare your home for sale
  2. Pick your trusted agent and list your home: choose your sale method here!
  • Traditional sale with a price, no price, or price range;
  • Non traditional sale with a fixed closing date
  • Auction

Steps prior to your home being introduced to the market

  • Marketing plan
  • Photographs and floor plan
  • Advertising
  • Signboard

Managing buyers and offers

  • We will write and present EVERY offer to purchase your home, no matter what the price.
  • We will explain in detail to ensure your full understanding of all special
    conditions that are included in the contract, and guide you through your obligations.
  • Convey acceptance of an offer, a counter-offer or decline of an offer to the buyer/s.
  • If you havent already done so, on acceptance of an offer you need to assign a settlement agent.

Closing the Deal – after acceptance of an offer

  1. SMILE
  2. Bank valuation
  3. Buyer’s finance approval = SOLD!!!
  4. Building and Pest inspections (Buyer’s expense)
  5. Structural inspection if required (Buyer’s expense)

All contract conditions have been met

PROCEED TO SETTLEMENT!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have now completed the sales process!

See our full printable liftout here: Sales Process Information Sheet