preparing your home

With real estate on the Sunshine Coast so competitive, the preparations your make when preparing your home for sale, even the little things you do, might mean the difference between getting a good price on your home and getting a great price.

  1. Give your property a spring clean, this could be something as simple as getting the carpets cleaned, giving the walls a fresh coat of paint, trimming plants and tidying garden edges or sanding and oiling the deck. Spending money sprucing up the property will increase the saleability and more than likely increase the sale price.
  2. Obtain a building and pest inspection report. This information gives you the opportunity to have any necessary repair work done prior to sale. A 100% clear report can be used as a selling feature for potential buyers.
  3. Obtain a certificate of compliance from your Local Council if you have recently undertaken major building works.
  4. Have a survey of the land and buildings available if required when selling your property.
  5. If the property is currently being leased, check the expiry date and termination requirements and advise your solicitor.
  6. Make a note of everything that will be included in the purchase price and will be remaining at the property after completion. This may include light fittings, floor coverings, curtains and blinds.
  7. Make sure your price is right when you list your property. If you price it too high the market will not pay attention. If your price is right when you enter the market you give yourself the opportunity to achieve a premium by generating interest and a competitive tension between buyers.

Buyers, naturally look for objection and reasons not to pay the best possible price. As agents we are appealing to the buyer's emotions. The better the buyer feels about a property the more likely they will begin negotiations with positive outcomes. A neglected poorly presented property communicates a less caring vendor. It is important you do whatever you can in increase the value of your home, so you must also consider what may turn off potential buyers, these may include:

  • Animal odours in the house
  • Evidence of pests such as rats and insects
  • Evidence of dampness or moisture in the walls
  • Cigarette or strong food odours
  • Doors, windows or gates that stick
  • Cracked glass
  • Too much furniture or personal belongings cluttering the space
  • Stained carpet
  • Dirty windows and screens
  • Contact one or our experienced Caloundra property managers at Local Agent for help preparing your home for sale.