Selling your Property can be a stressful time, so here are some helpful tips that can help you through the process:
Choose the right Agent for you!
Ensure you choose an agent that has experience in your area. Ask to view previous sales and feel free to ask about testimonials from previous clients. Always follow your instincts when choosing a Sales Rep, someone you feel comfortable with and can trust, will put your mind at ease by knowing the sale of your property is in good hands. Your agent will know your market and give you advice on preparing your home for sale, based on that knowledge.
Declutter, De-personalize and Neutralize
To help prospective buyers imagine your home as their future-home, removing as much of your personal belongings and personal style (if it is quite a colourful one) goes a long way to assisting a buyer to mentally move their belongings in.
If you have an investment property
Check to see whether your investment property has any negative equity. If the house you are selling is your main residency, but you have negative equity in your investment property, you could find that the banks may take some of the proceeds from your family home to make up the shortfall.
Add Some Light!
One of the best and most basic ways to improve the atmosphere of a home - is light! Open all blinds and turn on any lights that will help brighten up those dark areas, do this on home open days, so that perspective buyers can see your home’s full potential.
Consider whether your tax is up-to-date
If your house is valued at $750,000 or over, ensure that your most recent Financial Year tax return is up to date, as a certificate is required from the ATO. The government may take any outstanding tax debts from the sale of your home at the time of settlement.
Small Repairs Make A Big Difference
Carry out any minor maintenance issues, such as chips on the wall, leaking taps or broken door knobs. Not only does it help with presentation, but it stops prospective buyers from compiling a long ‘to-do list’ to use as a bargaining tool. Street-appeal is one of the most important considerations, as many buyers judge a property from that alone, and doing this may help the sale of your home. Take your agent’s advice on how to give your home the best possible result on the market. Whether it be de-cluttering, tidying up the gardens or giving those walls a fresh coat of paint, all of this can help contribute to receiving the best possible result on the market.
Consider getting Staging Advice
The bar has definitely been raised as to what is expected for presenting a home for sale, just take a look at the pictures of your competition on the internet. This new level of expectation has been heavily influenced by programs such as ‘The Block’ and ‘My House Rules’. Most prospective buyers don’t have the ability to see a property’s potential and so staging can show them.
Smell Is Everything!
The smell of stale air will surely send prospective buyers away! Open any windows to let some fresh air through and add some air fresheners throughout to give your home a fresh, pleasant smell. A good way to enhance the buyer’s sense of smell, is by baking a cake, or presenting some freshly brewed coffee.