Lifestyle changes are often the reason behind our decision to sell. Whether you are relocating, have a growing family or are downsizing, working out the best time to sell can be daunting – especially for first-time sellers.
Your decision to sell your property may not coincide with the perfect market conditions. Therefore it is important to know what is happening in the property market and the economy as a whole, as the real estate market generally reflects the current state of the broader economy.
Additionally, you should consider your own personal objectives, your ability to finance a new property and meet ongoing repayments and capital gains tax implications for selling an investment property.
It’s important to make sure your property looks its best from the moment it goes onto the market.
Here are our top tips for presenting your property:
Pavement appeal: Make sure the front of your property looks appealing and inviting with a weed-free garden and some attractive pot plants.
Clean and bright: Before every viewing make sure you give your property a once-over, ensuring that the windows are clean inside and out – it’s surprising how much difference it makes to the light.
Cut the clutter: You want the prospective buyer to be able to imagine their own belongings in the property, so de-clutter to keep things tidy. Less clutter will also help make rooms appear larger.
Set the scene: You may want to hire furniture to create the look you desire. This is a great way to transform your home and give it extra appeal.
Fix it: 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.
Freshen up: Get rid of smoke or pet odours. Open the windows, brew some fresh coffee, warm muffins and brighten the place up with fresh flowers.
Lighten up: Increase the sense of space with mirrors and lights and leave all internal doors open.
Pets: Always clean and tidy up after your pets and take them out of the property during open times.
Warmth: Create warmth by preparing your home to suit the temperature of the day. If it’s cold, light fires, turn on patio heaters and heating. If it’s hot, turn on fans and cooling systems.