Method of Sale

If you submit your property for Auction this means that prospective purchasers will bid against one another at a date and time suitable to you. You can set a reserve price, which is the minimum you will accept, and once bidding has passed that level you know you have a sale, as it will be unconditional and a predetermined deposit must be paid on the day. Sale by Private Treaty means that you set a price at which your property is to be marketed to the public through the marketing plan agreed to by you and the agent.

Presentation

A tidy home says “Welcome”. Your home should be kept neat and tidy during the period of inspections. It should not necessarily be a “show place” but appear a comfortable home in which to live. Fresh flowers or indoor plants always brighten up a home. While you’re cleaning, think about each room and what furniture really needs to be in it. Rooms look smaller when they are crowded. Clear out anything that’s not needed to create a feeling of spaciousness. Make sure that all minor repairs are completed. Sticking doors and windows, loose door knobs, faulty plumbing, or peeling paint may affect your sale. Let plenty of light into your home. Nothing improves atmosphere more than brightness. And on a dull day switch on some lights prior to arrival of prospective purchasers. A warm comfortable heated home on cold days adds a feeling of cosiness; on a hot day don’t forget to turn on any air conditioning or fans (or simply let the breeze flow through).

The R & R Property Team have had the “Selling Houses Australia” experience with Andrew Winter, Shaynna Blaze & Charlie Albone on site to makeover a house we have had on and off the market for a couple of years. Presentation was sadly lacking in this property. THe SHA team did a makeover on it and styled it with fabulous furniture and 2 days later we had accepted an offer and it was SOLD!!! Now tell me that presentation isn’t important!!!

Watch these clips to see what the team did and what a difference fresh paint, fresh floor coverings, light fittings, plants and furniture make:
BEFORE & AFTER VIDEO OF THE SHA MAKEOVER HOUSE IN STROUD

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Timing

Buyers for a property can be found all year round however it’s not often that a purchaser for your home is out there, just waiting for you to put your home on the market. Timing, presentation and advertising are all required to bring buyers and sellers together for the best result. Spring is often considered to be the best time to sell. It’s a time of optimism and with the weather clearing, more potential buyers will be out and about. It is also a time when more sellers will put their homes on the market so there will be more competition. Winter usually presents fewer buyers, but the buyers are usually more focussed on purchasing and traditionally there will be fewer homes on the market to choose from. Prior to placing your home on the market, allow an additional two weeks to prepare both the property and the marketing material.

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Preparation

The preparation you put into getting your property ready for sale can be the difference between getting a standard price and a great price. The best part is, it’s not hard, time consuming or expensive. Whatever your motive for selling, the process can either be stress free or tense and disappointing. The good news is that you have the ability to choose.

Presentation: Must be spot on – get rid of clutter and use a neutral decor. Have yards and lawns tidy and presentable, preferably low maintenance too.

Price: Listen to the market and your agent, price correctly and reasonably to risk not sitting on the market for too long.

The Right Agency: Use an Agency who are innovative, work hard and are honest. See what sales they have made and read testimonials.

Property Access: Make sure you allow your agent to go through whenever they wish within reason. As much as we like lots of notice it doesn’t always work out that way. Many vendors have missed a potential sale because they wouldn’t allow their agent to take the buyers through the property when asked. Another biggie is to NOT be present at the inspections. Please go and have a coffee or visit a neighbour. Potential Purchasers will feel uncomfortable with you being their no matter how unobtrusive you are trying to be. This results in them not inspecting thoroughly and not asking questions.

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