While we’re shivering through some particularly cold, wet and windy days this week, it’s August next week – and the last month of winter.
Spring will be here before we know it – and for those of you considering a spring sale, it’s absolutely time to start preparing. It’s easy to underestimate the effort involved in getting your home sale-ready – we find that it generally takes at least a month or two for most owners to prepare for sale.
Selling your home is one of the largest financial decisions you’ll make – and yet a lot of people end up rushing the process. It’s important to give yourself enough time to get up to speed with your area’s market, meet with a few local agents, get your paperwork in order and make your home look its absolute best both inside and out. As with most things, taking a planned and methodical approach will give you the best chance of a successful sales outcome.
Another aspect worth considering is timing. Although spring enjoys a reputation as the best time to sell, it’s actually a bit of a tricky period with the AFL finals and Spring Racing Carnival making some weekends less attractive for auctions and even open inspections. Most sales campaigns run for four weeks from the first open, so working with your agent to book your spring auction date in soon will allow you to schedule your campaign to maximise the exposure your property receives.
Our experienced team can work with you to prepare your home for sale and ensure it makes the right impression when it hits the market. It can be difficult to be impartial when it comes to assessing the best and worst aspects of a home you’ve lived in and loved for many years – our comprehensive area knowledge means that we understand what local buyers are looking for and can support you in presenting your home to tick all the boxes.
With most of us spending more time inside during the cooler months, keeping on top of the gardening is something that often falls by the wayside during winter. Be mindful that street appeal is an important factor in getting potential buyers through the door – and an established garden that has been well-maintained and cared for in the months leading up to sale sends a message that the property’s interior is likely to be in excellent shape too.
When it comes to your interior, we can advise on whether it makes sense to sell your home as is or invest in some minor renovations that will significantly add to the sale price you’re likely to achieve. We can recommend trusted local trades including painters, gardeners and handymen who can work with you to make your home shine.