There’s a lot to know when and be aware of when it comes to selling a home in Hervey Bay. Whether you’re selling your family home or investment property or you’re a seasoned Seller, our in-depth Selling Guide will take you through all the steps.
Deciding to sell your property is a huge decision; our goal is to assist you in the process and hopefully remove or at least minimize any concerns you may have through educating yourself on everything that is typically involved in putting your property on the market.
Find Out How To:
1. Prepare Your Home Like a Pro
2. Price & Market Your Property
3. Know How to Pick the Right Agent to Sell Your Home for You
4. Be Ready to Show Your Home to Prospective Buyers
5. Negotiate & Close the Sale
Do you know what one of the main distractions to potential Buyers is? Too much stuff- typically known as clutter! Effective home preparation starts with eliminating as much of it (clutter) as you can including nick-knacks, books, off-season clothes, linen, excess storage boxes and so on. It also helps to neutralise the space by putting away personal photos, mementos and collections as this will encourage potential Buyers to imagine themselves living in the home.
Home preparation for selling means basically a good spring-cleaning (top to bottom), resulting in a similar standard as you’d expect in a nice hotel. Remoce cobwebs from ceilings, wipe skirting boards, ensure floors, appliances, all cupboards and robes are clean and tidy. It’s also a good idea to have carpets professionally cleaned.
Obviously everyday cleaning and housekeeping including bed making, dishes, laundry and general cleaning up needs to be maintained when your home is on the market.
Staging your home for sale is the fun part of home preparation, especially when you know how to do it correctly without blowing the budget!
It may be as simple as buying new towels for the guest bathroom or having to repurpose a bedroom as an office and rearranging some furnture or even painting a feature wall, etc. You can use a professional stager or a member of our team can advise you on effective staging. It certainly doesn’t have to be expensive, but does require planning and time to make your home appeal to the largest variety of Buyers. Reality is that the effort you put into staging- transforming your home impacts on both the length of time to sell and the final price.
Most people tend to procrastinate fixing the little stuff. The patchy paintwork, leaky taps, the dent in the cabinets or loose, leaking gutters. The simple solution is to bring in a handyman to complete all these types of small repairs. And although simple; the impact on potential Buyers is huge as it communicates that your property has been well-maintained. And don’t forget to replace any burnt out light globes.
When putting your house on the market, it’s wise to complete a building and pest report to help identify any issues that could become Buyers Objections.
For example, a building inspector may deem that your home requires a new roof and you can:
a) decide whether to get it fixed or replaced, or
b) factor the issue into your asking price.
A building and pest report enable you to take charge of how any potential deficiencies will affect the final price of the property. A pre-listing house report is a very useful tool where you have a bidding war as it can encourage Buyers to make offers.
1. An agent that is totally honest (transparent) and will tell you the truth including advice on how to get the best price for your property. Even the stuff you may not want to hear!
Like what? Perhaps your pet dog doesn’t smell too good or that a ghastly shade of wall colour really isn’t working! You may want to repaint!
2. An agent that will assist you regarding preparing your house for sale with access to trusted home-professional contacts including handymen, painters, gardeners, plumbers, electricians, etc if you need to employ a contractor with expertise.
3. An agent that can recommend professional cleaners available to clean your house from top to bottom!
4. An agent that has the entire sales process covered with full-time support staff whether you need someone to wait for a tradesman to come on site or want packing boxes delivered.
Informative blog posts for sellers about home preparation, staging, de-cluttering and more coming soon.
If you’d like to know more or think you are ready to take that first step to selling a home in Hervey Bay; please get in touch with one of the real estate professionals that has properties listed on Hervey Bay Real Estate Guide.