Your Presentation Edge
Presenting your property for the market is a critical factor in achieving the highest possible price. The emotional appeal of a properly presented home, gardens and setting shortens the time on the market and dramatically increases competition from buyers. This recipe often leads to a higher selling price, whilst a neglected property sends out "warning signals" to prospective buyers that are reflected in lower offers (or no offer at all!). So it is important to do whatever is possible to have your property looking its absolute best by inspection day. Buyer feedback confirms that the following detract from the viewing experience:
- Animal/Cooking/Smoking odours in the house
- Doors, windows are gates that "stick"
- Cracked, glass, tiles & timber
- Stained carpets and scratched floors
- Excessive furniture or personal belongings cluttering space
- Neglected gardens
So freshly mulch your garden, trim the hedges & lawn, clean the windows, have your carpet cleaned, open the windows for fresh air and declutter. It is TIME TO SELL !!
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.
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.