Selling Tips

So you have decided to list your property for sale, here are some helpful tips to get your property presenting the best it possibly can for buyers. These suggestions can help you make your home more saleable and valuable. As you go through these points please do remember these are to help everybody and may not necessarily apply to you.

Spring Clean - Tidy up, hold a garage sale and get rid of anything you don't need.

Light & Bright - Bright houses sell well, open curtains and turn on lights before inspections.

Fix Obvious Faults - Faults encourage buyers to look for more.

Pets - You love them, but maybe buyers won't. Keep them outside during open inspections. Many buyers are afraid of animals and some are even allergic to them.

Smell - Cooking, pets, dampness and smoking can all give your house a unpleasant smell. Have carpets and curtains cleaned and open windows before inspections. Fresh air smells best.

Kitchen and Bathroom - The most important rooms in the house. Squeaky clean they can help to make a sale.

First Impressions - Check that your house looks attractive from the street or your agent may find it difficult to get buyers in the front door.

Neighbours - Any unsightly problems in your street will detract from your home. So get together and clean up, ask them to remove their semi-trailer from the footpath.

Gardens - Overgrown gardens give the impression of being too difficult to look after.

Views - Prune trees and shrubs if they are blocking your best views. Clean windows and screens add to the view.

Outside - Spruce up the exterior by washing down or repainting. Clean guttering, brush away leaves and cobwebs.

Homely touches - Add to the feel of the home, by placing fresh flowers on the table, a bowl of fruit, or jars of cookies in the kitchen. Buying is an emotional decision.

Silence is Golden - Turn off the Television and any loud music. Soft light classical music is appropriate.

It's the little things - Fix all those "little things", the loose doorknob, or the screen that won't close, or that leaky tap.

Cupboards - Clean out cupboards, the less they have in them, the bigger they look. Storage space is a definite selling feature.

Avoid Confusion - Remove or replace prior to marketing any item not included in the sale, and make sure your agent is aware of any fixtures that may be visible but not part of the sale. 

Temperature - Welcome buyers with a warm home in winter or a cool home in summer.

Keys - Please make it one to the front door - your buyer is too important a visitor to bring in via the "tradesman's entrance".

Your presence - Buyers are timid. Try not to be around during inspections, but if you are, try to be as inconspicuous as possible. Let our salesperson handle it all, they have lots of experience and that's what you are paying for. Also never apologise for your home.

Tell people your home is for sale  - (and who is handling it for you) The best way to do this is to use our distinctive signboard over 25% of buyers come from signs.

Prior to setting the price, we will obtain:

1. Specific & detailed information relating to the features of your property.

2. Current market evaluation of comparable properties.

"We believe that this is the very best way to maximise your opportunity to achieve the highest price available in the most time effective manner. Then you will set the price"

Raine & Horne Hervey Bay Selling Tips for your Home