Selling Information

Preparing Your Home to Achieve a Premium Price  

First impressions are very important and this is particularly true in real estate. The moment prospective buyers arrive at your home; they need to be very impressed. As marketers for your property, we are interested in getting you the best possible price, so our aim is to exceed their expectations every time.

The presentation of your home can influence the price a purchaser agrees to, sometimes by thousands of dollars. A minimal amount of work can make a major difference to the price you achieve. By following this simple guide, you can properly prepare your property for the competitive marketplace.

Begin by walking across the street and looking at your home in an objective way think as a first time purchaser and ask yourself:

• Are there any minor changes you can make to the garden to enhance street appeal?

• Does your paintwork need a touch-up?

• Are the windows clean?

• Do you have any rubbish that needs to be removed?

When considering the inside of your home, remember that you are now living in a showroom. Your aim is to impress potential buyers so much that they want to purchase your house, as opposed to any others in their price range.

Consider the Following  
  • Make your buyers feel welcome. Play some music, light an oil burner, brew some coffee and buy some fresh flowers. Pleasant aromas always make a property feel inviting.
  • Check all rooms in the house to ensure the interior is clean. Pay particular attention to kitchens and bathrooms, as these rooms are the two most important on which purchase decisions are made.
  • Ensure that beds are made and toys are hidden.
  • Create more space by storing extra furniture and clothes. This will make rooms and wardrobes look bigger.
  • Keep pets at bay and under control.

Remember- Its all about the “WOW” factor – so make it count!!

Planning Tips for Moving Home  

Moving can be a smooth process, if you make the effort to do some effective planning. However if it's not planned correctly, moving can swiftly become a major difficulty for the entire family.

We recommend that you start planning at least six weeks prior to the big move day. Forward planning always proves to be well worth the time and effort.

Follow this checklist and you will be well on your way to a smooth move.

Six weeks before moving  
  • Call moving companies to request quotations.
  • Decide upon a removal company.
  • Arrange insurance for your move.
  • Decide whether you want to pack yourself or have it done by the moving company's experienced personnel.

Four to six weeks before moving  
  • Put together a list of organisations and people that you need to notify of your change of address. This should include: friends and family, financial institutions, accountant, lawyer, telephone, gas, water, electricity, newspapers, schools and colleges, insurance, motor registry, subscriptions, clubs professional services and the post office.
  • Do a big clean and discard items you don't want to take with you. It may be a good idea to hold a garage sale to get rid of unwanted items.
  • Begin packing items you won't need to use prior to the move. Make sure to label all boxes clearly, to make it easier and faster to unpack at the other end.
  • Create a packing inventory for things you need such as: white paper, newspaper, tape, scissors, sharp knife, markers, notebook and pencil and labels of stickers.

One week before moving  
  • Confirm you have notified gas, telephone, electricity and water companies.
  • Confirm the day and time for your removalist.
  • Arrange a pre-settlement inspection with your agent.
  • Arrange for utilities to be connected at your new home.
  • Pack a box for instant needs on arrival. This box should be packed last and unloaded first, containing such items as: cleaning agents, paper towels and cloths, snacks, tea and coffee, soap and hand lotion, toilet paper, pencils and paper for kids, plastic plates and cups, cereals, sandwich spreads, light bulbs, torch, garbage bags, tools, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Moving day
  • Double-check all rooms for things you may have left behind.
  • Keep valuables with you.
  • Check the water, gas and electricity have been turned off.
  • Check the windows and doors are locked.
  • Be at your new home to ensure the arrival of goods.
  • On the inventory list, note any damages that may have occurred during the move



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