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TOP TIPS TO GET YOUR PROPERTY READY FOR SALE – GUEST BLOG

As a conveyancer we mainly deal with the legal documentation and not what is actually involved directly in the sale process and getting a property for sale. Sally Luke from Luke and Associates Real Estate has been kind enough to out some tips together for this blog.  These tips just might help you get that higher sale price that you would like to achieve.

GETTING YOUR PROPERTY READY FOR SALE

If you’re going to selling your property you’re going to want the best price possible. That might mean putting in some effort before going to market to make sure that’s possible. If you’re lucky it might be as simple as having a clean and declutter. Otherwise it could mean painting and changing around the property a bit. The biggest thing you need to change in your head is going from a property owner to looking at the property from a buyer’s perspective.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

The question’s you should look at asking yourself are:

  1. If I pulled up at the curb what are my first impressions?
  2. What are buyers in the area wanting? Look on Realestate.com.au to see what has been selling in the area.
  3. Would a tenant live here if is was to be rented?

From answering these 3 questions you will be able to start to put together a to do list.

MY TOP TIPS

These are our top tips to getting your property ready though:

  • First things first.  Does the house look well maintained from the street?  Buyers will turn away if the garden is untidy or the house look in poor repair.  Remember first impressions count so make sure your Garden/Yard is in tip top shape.  Tidy up the outside, mow the lawns, weed the garden and remove any dead plants.
  • Decluttering your property – Avoid too much decoration and personal photo’s. Buyers love being able to see a home that they can put their own touch on.
  • Clean the entire home – making sure to eliminate the house of any odours.
  • Work through each room and make sure that marks are cleaned off the walls, remove posters, repair and replace any broken globes and remember clean everything in sight – tiles, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, carpets, windows and even the fridge..  These will all make a good impression to any potential buyers.
  • You could also consider storage of furniture at somewhere like Space Station Storage. http://www.spacestationstorage.com.au.
  • Stage the Property For Sale – styling companies know the way to make it sparkle for buyers! Some companies in Adelaide are Clique Creative or Dressed for Sale. It may be well worth the cost and it should get you a better sale price at that!
  • Make your home Neutral – this makes it appeal to the many.
  • Do any of the necessary Repairs – look at the property from a buyer’s perspective – also check in with your agent if it’s worthwhile painting and/or putting in new flooring, in some cases it might not affect the end sale price.
  • Choose an agent to sell your property. It is best to talk to a few and then choose one that you are comfortable with and one who believes that you can sell for a realistic price.
  • Photography – Remember that buyers WILL discount your property on the internet if the photos aren’t good enough. Make sure your agent has a great professional photographer.
  • Conveyancer – speak with your conveyancer to know what’s required of you when selling your property. They can liaise with the real estate agent to have searches and documentation prepared for when a contract is ready to be signed. They can discuss what is required if there are any easements or encumbrances on the land so that there are no hidden surprises. It is also important to be ready to discharge any mortgage over the property. This is often a not so simple process as the mortgage could be over multiple properties and you may wish to only discharge the one you are selling. Knowing these items in advance will make all the difference to a streamlined process.

Written by our Guest Blogger: Sally Luke from Luke & Associates Real Estate www.lukeandassociates.com.au

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