The best sale price for a house comes from the best preparation. We hope that, via this website, we can help you to maximise your eventual sale price, as well as take some of the stress out of selling your home.
For most of us,our home is our greatest asset, so as home owners we do as much as we can to maintain this asset throughout its lifetime so that when the house is eventually sold, we receive the best return on investment possible.
For most of us, our principal place of residence (our home) is free from capital gains tax - this chance for tax-free profit is rare and the opportunity should be seized with both hands.
Before selling any property, it is vital that you consult with your financial advisor to ensure you are making the right decisions for your future.
People will pay more for a property that is finished, neat and well-maintained. With everyone leading such busy lives, often the last thing a purchaser wants to do is renovate a property before (or soon after) they move in.
Buyers often stretch themselves to the limit when purchasing a home, and if the property doesn't require any changes for a few years after purchase, it is easier for us as your agent to negotiate a higher price.
If you do the hard work for a potential buyer, this will be reflected in the profits - buyers are prepared to pay for somebody else's hard work. If your property is clean, de-cluttered, well presented and complete, this could have a significant impact on sale time.
We suggest making a list and spending the months before going to market preparing for sale. This is much preferable to a 'rush job', where corners are often cut and stress is high. Remember - slow and steady wins the race.
Focus on how a stranger will see your home - remember you are not selling your home, you're selling a house that someone will buy to turn in to their home.
Finish that "to do" list you have had going since you moved in. If any projects have been started and not completed, take this opportunity to finish them off to a high standard
The task will feel less daunting if you commit to doing one room at a time - this also keeps your house liveable, and avoids it becoming a war zone!
Give each room a purpose - every house has a junk/storage/play room, perhaps consider setting this room up as a sitting room, study or guest bedroom.
As you're working through your rooms, this is a great time to sort through your "stuff" and begin decluttering. Box up your valuables and hire a skip for the items that can be thrown out. Be ruthless - a home shines when it can actually breathe. If you're not comfortable throwing out many items, perhaps consider renting a storage space for the time your home is on the market.
Some ways to deal with all your "stuff" are:
Photography is arguably the most important aspect of a property marketing campaign - you've got to get it right.
A buyer's first 'inspection' of a property is online, so great photography is a must. Spot-on presentation of a home and high quality photographs are the best way to get a buyer to fall in 'love at first sight' and entice them to inspect your home.
Photography and presentation go hand in hand - the way a property is presented in the photos is exactly how it should appear for every buyer inspection and throughout the marketing campaign.
A potential buyer's first 'inspection' of a home is usually online. Excellent professional photography is vital to a successful marketing campaign. The photography can only look as good as what's being photographed - the more effort you put in to preparation, the better the photographs will turn out.
We are happy to provide advice and recommendations prior to photography.
Laundries and garages are rarely photographed, so any items that have to be temporarily removed from rooms can be stored here
'The lens magnifies clutter'- try taking photos of each room with your own camera or phone to see how it might look once photographed professionally
If mopping floors or hosing off driveways/decking, ensure it is dry before the photographer arrives as wet spots reflect the light
Outdoors : keep in mind that the first photo seen on the internet and brochures is almost always the front of the house. First impressions count!
Have lawns freshly mowed and raked
Park cars, trailers etc in garage or in street
Move bins out of view
Sweep driveway, footpath and patios
Weed and mulch garden beds
Hide any garden tools, hoses etc
Remove clutter/shoes from around front door
Take washing and pegs off line
Remove pool cover
Ensure the pool is free of leaves and any pool toys/cleaning items are stowed away out of sight
Rake or remove leaves from outdoor entertaining areas
Contain pets in the garage or out of sight
If the photo shoot is scheduled for late afternoon or evening, ensure all outside lights are working
General Interior: Photography needs light! The rooms should feel bright and airy. Your house will look more spacious if you remove most of the general day to day clutter we all have.
Declutter as much as possible
Remove any extra furniture that may make rooms appear smaller
Conceal all electrical cables (where possible)
Ensure that all light globes work, including in lamps. If possible, try to use the same type of globe throughout the home for greater consistency
Remove all pet bowls, bedding, toys etc
Open all curtains and blinds
Make all beds immaculately
Remove any clutter from side tables
Remove any visible items from under beds
Put away clothes, shoes and laundry baskets
Remove portable fans, heaters and rubbish bins
Turn off all televisions
Remove excess books or magazines from tables
Remove tablecloths (if possible)
Hide remote controls
Put away/neaten kids toys
Clear countertops of clutter. Put as man appliances as possible away in cupboards
Ensure range hood lights are working
Put all dishes, sponges, tea towels and cleaning equipment away in cupboards
Take items off window sills
Remove everything from front and visible sides of the refrigerator (photos, magnets, kids art etc)
Hide rubbish bins
Clean oven and dishwasher doors
Clear countertops of all toiletries
Remove all toiletries and cleaning products from the shower/bathtub
Keep towels on towel racks to a minimum
Remove rubbish bins and laundry baskets
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