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Unleash Your Home's Potential


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Unleash Your Home's Potential


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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.

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What's at stake?


What's at stake?


Your greatest asset

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.

Tax free profit

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.

 

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How to Leverage this Opportunity


How to Leverage this Opportunity


a home that doesn't require work is very attractive to purchasers

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.

well presented homes sell well

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.

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Planning = Profit


Planning = Profit


our aim is to make your home the best it can be, so that we can attract the best possible buyer and achieve the best possible price

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.

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Start Making Lists


Start Making Lists


We recommend you break your house up into the following areas:

  • Driveways, front yard and front entry
  • Bedrooms
  • Lounge and dining areas
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor entertaining
  • Garage/Carport
  • Back Yard
  • External (eaves, windows etc)

Complete any home improvement projects you have started

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

Do one room at a time

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.

Declutter, declutter, declutter

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:

  • Garage Sales
  • Selling items on Ebay/Gumtree/Facebook
  • Shredding documents you no longer need
  • DOnating items to charities and friends
  • Storage for those items you don't want to part with
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Checklist - Outside


Checklist - Outside


you never get a second chance to make a first impression - so the front of your house should be faultless

  • Sweep your driveway to ensure it is free of debris. If you have a concrete or paved driveway, consider pressure washing it to remove stains
  • Check your fence for any posts that are loose, broken or rotted, and replace as necessary
  • Clean out your gutters and check for any leaks or damage
  • Get your lawn looking as lush and green as possible - mow high and often
  • Trim your plants back
  • Mulch your garden beds - this prevents the soil from drying out too quickly, and helps slow down weed growth (as well as making the garden beds appear lush and low maintenance)
  • Clean decks and consider re-staining
  • Cut back any trees that overhang the roof of your home
  • Repair/replace any famaged flyscreen/security door mesh
  • INspect the outside of the home, taking note of the eaves lining around exterior lights for cobwebs
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Checklist - Inside


Checklist - Inside


let your home "breathe"

  • Check that all of your smoke detectors are working
  • Clean and disinfect your dishwasher (running it on an empty cycle with bicarbonate soda in the detergent tray and vinegar in the rinse holder is a great inexpensive way to do this)
  • Give your oven and range hood the clean of their life. Make sure the light on the range hood is working
  • Check doors and windows for cracked seals and peeling paint - repair as needed
  • Inspect your bathroom and kitchen tiles and sinks and reseal where needed
  • Inspect bathroom mirrors for damage and replace if necessary
  • Inspect walls and ceilings for water damage - repair as needed
  • Check for plumbing leaks
  • Check for any signs of insect or rodent infestation - take appropriate action
  • Patch any holes in the walls
  • Wash all of your windows - inside and out
  • Clean your light fittings and your skylights. If you have fluorescent lighting in any of your rooms, use "warm-white" bulbs. Ensure all lights are working.
  • Clean sliding doors and window tracks
  • Clean ceiling fan blade and air conditional fan blades
  • Check taps and showers for signs of leakage
  • Repair loose knobs, latches or handles on doors
  • Make your storage areas appear spacious and well-planned. Consider storing all out-of-season clothing. Remember - buyers WILL look through your cupboards
  • Steam clean all of your carpets, and if you choose not to repaint, consider washing your walls with liquid sugar soap to help freshen the existing paintwork
  • Clean your curtains and blinds. Always let as much natural light into your rooms as possible - perhaps consider replacing heavy curtains with something lighter and removing mesh curtains
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Preparing Your Home for Photography


Preparing Your Home for Photography


there are no shortcuts to a great price

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.

checklist - preparing for photography

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.

Please Note:

  • 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

Bedrooms

  • 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

Living/Dining Areas

  • Turn off all televisions
  • Remove excess books or magazines from tables
  • Neaten bookshelves
  • Remove tablecloths (if possible)
  • Hide remote controls
  • Put away/neaten kids toys

Kitchen

  • 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

Bathroom

  • Clear countertops of all toiletries
  • Remove all toiletries and cleaning products from the shower/bathtub
  • Remove bathmats
  • Keep towels on towel racks to a minimum
  • Clean mirrors
  • Remove rubbish bins and laundry baskets