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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.

www.maryturnbull.harcourts.co.nz
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