While we’ve recently shivered through a couple of weeks with very low maximum temperatures, the reality is that spring is upon us – this coming Saturday is the first day of September.
Although the market has been relatively subdued over the past few months, most people with an interest in real estate will have noticed that listings are ramping up.
Spring is a great time of year to sell, but it’s highly competitive, and sales campaign timing can be tricky due to the AFL finals and Spring Racing Carnival. For this reason, if you’re thinking of selling, it really is time to get organised.
Across our network, we see time and time again that there’s always a market for quality homes – regardless of prevailing clearance rates. Your challenge as a vendor (and our priority as your agents) is to demonstrate that your property is head and shoulders above the competition. Proactive and thorough preparation is key to delivering a strong result – that’s why we work with our vendors to ensure everything is thought of and the sales process is as hassle-free as possible.
At Greg Hocking, we have plenty of experience working with vendors to get their homes sale-ready fast. Our local knowledge and networks mean that we know the buyers who are looking in your area and understand their priorities – and can ensure that your property is presented in a way that maximises its appeal.
Our agents can help you to create a lasting positive impression by decluttering and styling your home to highlight the features we know buyers will fall in love with. They can put you in touch with a professional property stylist, and connect you with trusted local trades and gardeners who can make small improvements that add significant value.
Gardens are one area that tend to take a backseat during winter due to the cold and wet weather, however they’re certainly noticed by spring buyers – particularly those looking at properties with good outdoor living potential. Assess the tidiness and overall attractiveness of your front and back yards with a fresh pair of eyes – could your outdoor space be improved with sharp lawn edging, a spray with a high-pressure hose or a new layer of bark in garden beds? Do your fences need a fresh coat of paint? Do your gates open freely?
With the AFL finals running throughout September and Spring Racing Carnival dominating early November, there are quite a few weekends during spring that are less-preferred for auctions. Timing your sales campaign wisely will deliver maximum exposure for your property – and give you the best chance of securing a strong sale price.
For this reason, even if you’re still undecided about whether a spring sale is right for you, I recommend speaking with your local office soon about your options. There are a lot of boxes to tick when you sell your home; working alongside an experienced agent who you’ve engaged early in your sales journey will give you the best chance of a great result.