10 Things To Do Before Selling Your House
Christchurch real estate guru Mary Turnbull gives us her top pre-house-sale tips.
So you’ve decided to sell your house! Before the ‘For Sale’ sign goes up, there’s a few things you can do to ensure a swift, profitable and hassle-free sale:
1 Get your paperwork in order.
This means EQC assessments/repairs and repair strategies and any relevant information on running/maintaining your house, pool maintenance, gas, solar and warranties.
2 Invest in a pre-sale builder’s report from a registered building inspector
– this will alert you to any potential items that may be a deal-breaker and tell you how to address them, and it also removes one less hurdle for perspective buyers.
3 Make it sparkle!
You’re going to need to put in the hard yards on the cleaning front (or pay someone else to) with a thorough, deep clean of every surface; people just don’t fall in love with unclean houses – fact!
4 Get out into the garden.
Your outdoor areas and front and back yards make a big impression – so tidy things up, mow the lawns and clip the edges, and trim and tidy shrubs, trees and bushes.
5 Set the scene
. Never put an empty house on the market! If you’ve moved out, get the house staged – prospective buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living there. Removing traces of pets and small children along with de-cluttering should also be done.
6 Little fixes
– it’s time to fix all those little things you’ve been letting slide. Your house needs to be at its best – try and see your house as a buyer would and fix the things you can.
7 If there are bigger issues, get quotes if you don’t plan on making repairs yourself
– this will allow you to bargain more efficiently.
8 Seek expert advice;
get a real estate agent to do a walk through and advise you on how best to present your property and what repairs you should consider.
9 Invest in professional photography and video
to really showcase your property, including twilight images.
10 Ensure you pick the right real estate agent;
you want someone who’s committed, reputable, lives and works in the area and is an expert in marketing.