Selling Advice

Tips for Selling Your Property

Selling a home is something many people do only once or twice in a lifetime, so it pays to do some homework before signing up with an agent to sell your property for you.

Preparing to Sell

Whilst it is our responsibility to market the property to effect a successful sale, it is the owner's responsibility to present the property at its best to create interest. The properties that achieve the best result are clean, in good repair and well presented. To assist you in preparing for the sale of your property, we have created the following checklist:

  • Have your property cleaned and detailed thoroughly
  • A fresh coat of paint inside or outside of the house immensely adds to its saleability
  • Gutters, down pipes and timber trims should be repaired
  • Metal windows and insect screens should be repaired or replaced, if damaged
  • All windows should be cleaned
  • Keep the lawns cut, edges trimmed and the flowerbeds weeded
  • Remove grease or oil spots from the driveway and carport
  • Clear bench tops and cabinets
    • overcrowding gives the impression of inadequate storage space.
    • Store infrequently used bench top appliances
  • Kitchen - clean the stove inside and out, as well as the kitchen exhaust hood or fan cover
  • Carpets should be steam cleaned
  • Do some prudent discarding in cabinets
  • Bathroom - clean sink taps, toilet and mirrors

Simple Art Of Presentation

First impressions are crucial in decision-making situations especially when buying residential real estate. It is essential that the Vendor presents the property in the best light so that it will stand out from other available properties.

Vendors should appeal to the senses of prospective buyers and create a warm, welcoming environment ensuring purchasers spend more time inspecting and establishing empathy with the home.

Maximise the use of natural light by opening curtains and windows, install higher wattage light bulbs in darker areas, clear any overhanging branches or bushes that may restrict light entering the home. Don't have your rooms filled with too many objects. Clutter has a major negative effect in most rooms. The more furniture and ornaments in a room, the less perception of space. Ensure that bathrooms and wet areas are thoroughly cleaned, sinks are cleared of dishes, beds made and all clothes are stored. Carpets should be steam cleaned and smell fresh for the selling campaign. Light open fires, where possible, and heat the home to a comfortable temperature during colder months. Also make sure all floors and walkways are clear due to the amount of prospective buyers that you will have flowing through your property.

Pets, although they are beloved family members, some people are allergic to them and many people are just plain scared of them, especially dogs. To many, the idea of a dog or cat in the house detracts from the overall cleanliness, so consider having them cared for elsewhere during the selling campaign.

To assist you in preparing your home for sale, we at Raine & Horne Cleveland are able to recommend a number of services to aid the process. From painters, cleaners and gardeners to handymen, property stylists and carpet layers, we employ a team of qualified professional tradespeople who are aware of the high standard that we expect when maintenance is carried out.