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Fisk and Nagle Real Estate- Tips to Help You Sell

Are you finding it difficult to sell your home? Making some affordable and simple alterations to the décor in your home could make a massive difference, and even get you a higher price. Here are some tips to help you sell-

1. Unclutter and depersonalize: Buyers find it hard to imagine living in a house that is cluttered. Create a light, spacious and inviting house. Remove any bits of furniture that make a room feel crowded, and box up those items that are not essential. And think of this packing away process as a head start on what you will need to do before your move.
2. Remove dated window dressings: Old curtains and broken blinds will do nothing to help you sell. Wooden vertical blinds are cheap and easy to install. Use lighter woods for smaller rooms, and use darker woods for larger ones.
3. Redecorate: Give your walls a fresh coat of paint, especially if they are brightly painted. Choose a neutral shade, it makes it easier for the buyer to visualize how they would use each room.
4. Organize your storage: Put anything you do not need in storage and ensure your cupboards are neat and tidy. Stuffed cupboards make the home look like there isn’t enough storage.
5. Make a feature of your flooring: Get rid of worn and dirty carpet. If there is hardwood floorboards underneath , polish them. If not, give the carpet a good steam clean.
If you follow these five tips, with a little effort and at low cost your home will be much more desirable to buyers.

What Now for Property?

The last six months has seen a lot of people’s confidence in the property market waning, even though nothing in the market has significantly changed.

It has been clear people are still worried about the economy despite interest rates staying stable this year.

Early on in the year, in January and February, a number of properties were selling well above market valuation. In March we saw a huge shift where buyers lost confidence, left the market and are now sitting on the fence and waiting to see what happens. However, in saying that, properties are still selling in most.

What this year has shown are the properties that are good and those which aren’t. The properties that don’t tick all the boxes are struggling to sell, which is why investors always need to be buying better quality property. This year has proven it is worth paying for a better property in a top suburb than it is to get a lower price for a property no-one else really wants. The high demand suburbs never change and typically perform from decade to decade.

There has been a lot of talk about low auction clearance rates. But auction clearance rates are not the best way to describe a market. Good properties will often sell before auction and those that don’t sell on the day of auction, often sell in the next few days. So the number of days property has been on the market is regarded by those in the industry as a better measure.

The only reason regional properties seem to have been in slightly more trouble than the city properties is because there is more supply than demand. However, a good property still sells, and will continue to sell for the rest of the year.

In the next six months, the volatility of the market will lead to great opportunities. The current state of the market is temporary glitch and is expected to be back on track soon, but in the meantime it offers a great chance to find great homes at great prices, in both the luxury and normal property market.

New House Sales Fall to a 10-year Low

New house sales fell in September, falling to their lowest monthly level in more than a decade.

New homes sold in September dropped by 3.5 per cent, following a 1.1 per cent rise in September, according to the Housing Industry Association – Jeld Wen report.

Sales of new houses – excluding apartments and town houses – fell by 3.3 per cent in the month taking them to the lowest level since December 2000, with about 5000 houses changing hands. Sales of new apartments and town houses dropped 5.5 per cent.

Preparing Your House For Sale #5- The Entrance

If you have sufficient space, place a range of matching terracotta pots with plants agains the wall near your entrance. For the average sized doorway use the pots up to a metre high. If your home is an olders style, aged classic cone shaped pots with a rolled rim containing colourful flowers, like geraniums, will give a traditional welcome feeling. For more modern homes tall angular pots that taper downwards are very popular.Try and keep everthing symmetrical.

Often hallways are narrow and dark. If your house suffers from this problem, try painting the walls white to lighten things up, or add a sky light.

Your front door is the first thing your buyers see, so if it needs a lick of paint get out the brushes! You might also consider a new handle or knocker. This is an inexpensive way to update your door.

Guide buyers to your door with a paved pathway. Plain white pavers look terrific against a green lawn. If the steps to your front door look at a little shabby a great trick is to the tile the step rises, rather than ripping everything out and starting from scratch.

In many areas, security and privacy are selling points, so a low to medium wall at the front of your house can appeal to buyers. Dont forget to check with the local council to ensure all building regulations are met.

Preparing Your House For Sale #4- The Living Area

When selling, the best advice is to keep things neutral. This doesn’t mean living in a world of white. If your living area seems cold, try a colour scheme of rich neutrals like sand and bronze tones. For a cooler feel, look at whites with a blue tinge.

Today’s buyers like large living areas, and open plan living is very popular. If your home doesn’t have a large living space then you will need to make the most of the space you do have. Colour can help, receding colours like blues and greens can make a room appear bigger. How you finish a small room is also important. In a small room, especially one with low ceilings, keep furnishings below waist height and limit the number of pieces in the room. Clutter will make your small room look smaller.

Show buyers how easy it is to live in your living space. These rooms are places for people to communicate and relax, so make sure you arrange your living room to demonstrate this. Consider traffic flow, conversation areas, access from seating to coffee or side tables and task lighting for work or reading areas.

Floors are the most expensive part of any room to replace; buyers know this, so they will want to see quality flooring. It may not be economical to replace worn or inappropriate flooring before you sell, so make the most of what you have. Have your carpets professionally cleaned. Marked or damaged timber floors should be re-sanded and polished.

Preparing Your House For Sale #4- The Room that Sells

The kitchen is the one room that can make or break a sale. It is usually the most expensive room in any house, so if you are selling your home prospective buyers don’t want to see a kitchen that needs a total upgrade. This doesn’t’ necessarily mean a total re-fit, there are some small things you can do to make your kitchen more appealing to buyers.

If you have more on your kitchn benches than in the cupboards you need to clear the clutter. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in a drab kitchen, especially if cooking splatters have become a feature! Don’t forget your worn tiles – a little primer and paint can make a huge difference.

Buyers know just how expensive a new oven or dishwasher can be, so they may shy away from your house if they think they will need to spend up big on replacements for these appliances. If your appliances are out of date, consider replacing them. It may be a worthwhile investment.

Swapping cabinet doors can give your kitchen a whole new look. If entirely new doors are outside your budget you can make a huge difference by simply replacing the handles of your cupboads and drawers.

Being a task room, the lighting in a kitchen is something buyers will take careful note of. A good idea is to install fluorescent or spot lights under top cupboard to provide light for the benchtop work area.

Manypeople think that replacing a scratched and stained benchtop is just too costly, but not all benchtop materials are that expensive. This small investment could save your sale!

If your kitchen floor is a little worse for wear, lift the lino and if you have them, polish the floorboards udnerneath. Otherwise lay vinyl flooring, which is easy to clean. Alternatively you may like to use tiles for a contemporary cool feeling

Preparing Your House For Sale #3- It Matters

Whatever condition your bathroom is in, it must be clean. Nothing puts buyers off like a dirty toilet and mould! Clean your tiles and grouting, make sure your windows, mirrors and shower screens are spotless and free of streaks. Hairs in the drains are a real put off, so check this before your open your home to buyers. When you’re selling, replace your soap bars with liquid soap, there will be less mess to take care of.

It is a fact of life that bad smells can creep into your bathrooms. Nothing will put a buyer off faster than a bad smell, so make sure you air your bathrooms well, open the windows, use the extractor fan and add some potpourri or air freshner if needed.

Cracked basin, toilets or tubs give the impression the room is unhygienic, so consider replacing these. It is not that expensive provided you don’t change the plumbing.

If you have a small bathroom, don’t clutter the limited wall space with towel rails. These can be on the back of the door. If you are renovating a small bathroom, consider wall mounted sinks and toilets. Have good storage to hide bits and pieces, keep te colour scheme simple and use big mirrors to enhance the room’s size.

Today luxury spa bathrooms are very popular, but we don’t all have this look. You can, however, add a little luxury to any bathroom. Fresh plump towels, some handmade soaps, plant or fresh flowers and some boutique bath products set out in your bathroom will give that feeling of luxury.

Stained or chipped bathtubs and basins can be easily fixed by enamelling companies that can give your fitting a whole new look. They can even enamel old tiles, so if your bathroom’s colour scheme is straight out of the 1970’s this simple inexpensive process could save your sale. Add to this a fresh coat of paint on the walls and you have a whole new bathroom.