Helping to sell your property
PRESENT focal points of your home such as the front door area and the front garden in a great shape. This leaves a good first impression. A buyer’s first impression is very important. Remember, you can never make a second first impression.
ENSURE the grounds are neat and clean, the shrubs trimmed and the lawn edges cut. This will present your house better. This also applies to the nature strip.
PREPARE your home as though you were expecting guests. For example have fresh flowers & everything arranged in an immaculate appearance.
MAINTAIN tidy interiors through out the home that will make the house look spacious. This includes drawers & cupboards, as they can appear cluttered & too small.
FIX the minor details such as squeaky doors, dripping taps etc as they reduce appeal.
AVOID leaving used ashtrays around and keep your pet’s food, bedding and toilet areas clean. These will leave lingering smells that the Buyer may notice.
CLEAR all stairways. Objects on any stairs are dangerous and present a crowded appearance.
OPEN curtains. Light is very important as it makes a room lively and sets a positive vibe.
DO NOT enter into negotiations with the potential buyer. The agent is trained to negotiate in extent & has exclusive experience.
DO NOT try to sell the buyer any furniture, carpets or fittings. This complicates the sale and shifts interest away from the house.
NEVER apologise for the appearance of your house. Apologising draws further attention to something that may not have been noticed.
ALLOW the agent to sell the house. Too many people introducing the house can be distracting.
TURN OFF televisions and radios. Having as little distractions as possible allows the prospective buyer to concentrate on the property.
Preparing for the Move
ARRANGE for your mail to be redirected. Mail redirection for 3, 6 or 12 months is available at your local post office. Check out www.australiapost.com.au.
SEND change of address forms to your credit cards, accounts, subscriptions & all other postal connections to make life easier.
ADVISE friends, relatives, your bank, building society, insurance company, Inland Revenue, employer, Council Tax office and DVLC of your change of address. Not forgetting your doctor, dentist, optician and the children’s schools.
READ meters and INFORM the utilities of your move.
ORGANISE the utilities & supplies for your new home according to the correct date.
CONFIRM the moving date with the removal company.
ARRANGE for a plumber or electrician to call on moving day or after if you have any appliances that require professional connection – disconnection.
ARRANGE to lay curtains and rugs at your new home before the furniture arrives if possible.
LABEL boxes with room details and handling advice, such as ‘Fragile’, ‘This way up’ or ‘Heavy’.
DO NOT fill boxes right to the top with heavy items such as books, instead half fill them then finish with lighter items e.g. cushions, towels or bedding.
REFER to manufacturer’s instructions for transportation to avoid any damage.
USE bubble wrap or plain white paper to wrap crockery not newspaper.
PACK a box of emergency supplies for when you arrive at your new home including toilet rolls, towels and toilet kit.
SORT out the garage in advance and REMOVE rubbish.
CLEAN tools and bundle them together for ease of carrying.
SEAL containers or bottles with tape to prevent spillage.
BE AWARE of dangerous materials, such as old tins of paint, creosote, paraffin or gas bottles. These items are extremely dangerous & flammable.
ARRANGE to throw away unwanted items or advertise if you wish to sell.
DO NOT pack medications that may be needed on the day.
PHOTOGRAPH valuables for insurance reasons, as they may get damaged during the move.
KEEP all your important papers with your to avoid chance of being misplaced.