Spring into selling

By Kirsten Friedli

Spring is the season when the property market is usually at its peak – where maximum buyers and sellers are in the market. Properties are also looking their best with gorgeous gardens and plenty of natural light before the market slows just before Christmas.

The year so far has been quite different with COVID-19, however despite this our local market currently has an abundance of buyers all vying for the small number of properties available to purchase. I expect this to continue in the coming weeks.

If you are thinking of selling, now is the perfect time to get your property ready for sale.

However, if you don’t have time to prepare your home for a spring sale, don’t despair. There are several easy ideas you can employ to get your home looking ‘top-notch’ and to make that all-important “first impression” a powerful one.

First, take a walk down your street and the surrounding ones, jotting down notes as you compare your property to others. Try to be as objective as you can to gain some ideas on what you could do to make your property stand out. A good friend or an experienced real estate professional can also help point out a range of minor changes you could make to deliver that great first impression.

It could be as simple as painting a front gate and fence, or cutting back trees and fertilising the lawn. Ensure your front gardens are in order, so visitors form a favourable first impression before they get to your front door.

For a modest sum, you can brighten up your gardens with in-season flowers, and also have some flowers in pots at the front door.

Next, analyse the inside of your home. Crowded rooms seem smaller than they are. Buyers don’t usually bring a measuring tape to see if their furniture fits, but instead will assess each room mentally and think about how their current furniture and life could transition into your home. If your furniture consumes the space, buyers will find it hard to picture having enough room to live there. Therefore, it would be a good idea to either sell or store excess furniture offsite.

You should also look at having carpets and drapes professionally cleaned to remove any odours, especially from pets or cigarette smoke. Get fresh air circulating your home at all opportunities.

Look at purchasing modern accessories to liven up various parts of your home. For instance, a new stylish shower curtain and matching towels can do wonders to lift a tired bathroom.

It would be a good idea before putting your home on the market, to discuss your presentation ideas with a real estate sales professional. They are objective, know what buyers are looking for, and can give you excellent advice on what is worthwhile doing. This advice will keep you focused and not wasting money on changes that will not enhance your property’s value.

When it comes to selling you home, it is certainly worth putting in the effort for maximum return.

For any real estate advice, contact one of our highly experienced Sales Consultants on 4628 7444.