Selling Advice


The process of presenting your property for sale is an important one to master. For most, the sale of a property comes around every 5-7 years. For others it has become a more regular event, choosing to capitalise on the opportunity of upgrading the family home and make substantial tax free gains in the process.

Whatever your motive for selling, the process can either be stress free and lucrative or tense and disappointing. The good news is that you have the ability to choose.

The time required to sell property that is accurately priced will typically vary between four (4) and twelve (12) weeks

De-clutter – it’s the golden rule!
De-cluttering your home will not only make it appear larger and cleaner, but it will give potential buyers a better opportunity to envisage how their own furniture will look in the house. Less is definitely more when it comes to selling a home.

Plumbing, air-conditioning and fans
Small things such as leaking taps, loose knobs, sticking doors or windows put people on the defensive and lead your agent to make apologies for lack of maintenance. Minimise these annoyances, flaws detract from your home’s value – have them fixed. Consider having air conditioners serviced before you put your property on the market. All ceiling fans need to be operational, clean and run quietly.

Lights and light fittings
Check that all the lights are working and replace any blown globes. The fittings and switches need to be clean and in good condition too. Drawn curtains and drapes are lovely but can tend to dull the atmosphere. Make sure your home is well lit. Dark rooms do not appeal

If you have carpets, you should have them professionally cleaned to make them look their best.

The stove, refrigerator and sink all need to be at their sparkling best to make this room attractive. Clear the benches as much as possible to make it look larger.

Decorate – set the scene
Colourful flowers and some indoor plants help set the scene of tranquility and serenity strategically place them throughout the home/unit. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. By redecorating the prospect is shown how good the home/unit can look.

Most people like pets, but some don’t. Make sure they are out of the way when purchasers are coming through. A barking dog will not only scare some, but may also take their concentration away from inspecting your home. Remove kitty litter trays and pet food bowls.

Use Your Space
Make sure you have used each space in your home to its full potential without looking overcrowded or cramped.

Excess Furniture
Too much furniture tends to make rooms look small and negatively influence a purchaser’s recollection of your home after they have left. Take advice from your agent if it is considered a problem.

Front Entrance
Ensure the entrance way is clean, tidy and uncluttered, door bell and knocker works make sure the facade of your home looks its best. Not only will this create a strong first impression, but it will make it more inviting to potential buyers passing the house. Spend time on the garden – it’s an inexpensive way to make a big difference.

General Interior Impressions
All chipped paint repaired, cracked plaster repaired, wallpaper tidy