How to prepare your home for inspections
Selling your home doesn’t have to be a painstaking process, be in the best position possible to get your house noticed and get that ‘SOLD’ sign up.
1. Make the entrance appealing
From the gate to the front door. Most buyers will drive past a property before inspecting it and if it doesn’t have good street appeal they won’t even bother turning up for the first open house.
Draw buyers to your open house with some street appeal.
Create the illusion that you live in the perfect house. Get rid of all the knick knacks and surplus furniture, they make your property feel smaller than it really is. Remember we want the buyers to view your home and it’s features not the contents.
3. Clean & improve
Make your house shine so that buyers aren’t already calculating how much work and extra money they have to invest in your property to bring it up to scratch. For every area that buyers see needs work they will factor in a discount on the price they will offer you.
- Tiny details such as new door handles on kitchen cupboards can completely transform a dated kitchen into a more modern one.
- Pressure clean any mould from the home surroundings, roof, foot paths and driveways.
- Paint front fence, weed gardens and mow the lawns
Valuing your Property
When selling, you want to get the highest possible price for your property, but it can be difficult to know what to set the selling price at.
Property valuations depend on such factors as:
- The current state of the real estate market
- Where the interest rates are currently
- The type of property and age of buildings
- The sale prices of similar properties in the area
Of course, the old adage is true that a property is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it, so it is the buyers who decide what it is worth, but you need a realistic starting point.
Fortunately we can help – being an local real estate agents who are very experienced with property pricing for our area, we can provide the best indication.
The value of a professional negotiator
What value can a professional negotiator bring to your sale and how do they do it?
The steps they take are:
- Active Listening
- Emotional Control
- Problem Solving
By using the 5 steps noted the negotiator will then be in the position to understand the buyers circumstances both emotional and financial which puts them in the positon to know what the buyers maximum budget is and also understand their walk away price. This is information that a vendor negotiating for themselves will not have access to, there for putting the agent in a better position to achieve the maximum price.