Selling Home Tips
Selling Home Tips - How To Sell Your Gold Coast Home
How far should home owners go in preparing their home for sale? If you're about to put your property on the market read on for some ideas that will help you maximise your investment.
Other people's mess always looks worse than your own. From the moment prospective buyers arrive, they are making a silent commentary on everything they see. For houses: gardens and lawns should be well presented; rubbish should be disposed of, paths kept clean, toys and garden tools stored away. For apartments: balconies washed down, replant pots to add instant colour.
Illusion of Space
Remove unnecessary clutter and watch your home expand in size. Neat, well ordered cupboards, robes and pantry show that space is ample. Also, look at the amount of furniture in living rooms and bedrooms. We can help with this. Our property consultants are experienced with de-cluttering. Contact our office today to arrange an obligation free inspection of your property with a Hope Island Resort Realty property consultant.
Don't Spend Big Money
If you spend a lot of money painting, carpeting or even a new kitchen, you will want to add this to the price. Buyers may not share your taste, even though what they are getting is almost new.
Little Things Count
On the other hand, make sure all minor repairs are completed. Sticking doors and windows, loose doorknobs, faulty plumbing or peeling paint may affect your ability to gain the best possible sale price.
Highlight Your Home
Nothing improves the atmosphere of a home more than light. Open all the curtains and switch on strategic lights to brighten up gloomy spots prior to the arrival of prospective buyers.
Turn on the Heat
A warm, comfortably heated home on cold days adds a feeling of cosiness and welcomes prospective buyers. On a hot day make sure your home is well ventilated, with fans and or air conditioning switched on.
The Scent of Success
Smokers and dog owners beware: nothing makes a buyer want to get out of a property quicker than stale air. Room deodorisers, a bowl of potpourri or some light incense and open windows will all help. It sounds a bit corny but the fact remains that any home will be enhanced by the smell of a cake baking, or freshly brewed coffee. Often the effect is subliminal; days later buyers don't always realise exactly why they got such good vibes from your home.
Keep your pets out of the way, preferably out of the home. Allow the property consultant and buyer to talk undisturbed.
Take A Back Seat
Avoid having too many people present during inspections. Your property consultant knows the buyer's requirements and can better emphasise the features of your home to prospective purchasers.
It is often a mistake to list your home with the agent who suggests the highest price just because they are the highest bidder. While it is true that you can always "come down" there are many factors to consider. Firstly, the market is always looking for new listings. This means that the first few weeks your home is on the market will bring more inspections than any other time. All buyers in the price range will rush to see your home. Those that have been looking for some time are the ones who have done their homework and are ready to buy. But they will also be the most aware of the market value of your property.