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Selling your home?

Top Tricks of the Trade

Whether you are selling your home to upsize or downsize, you want to make sure you get top dollar. If you’re about to put your home on the market, then you’ll want to read these tips to ensure you maximise the return on one of your biggest investments.

1. Make a Great First Impression

Curb appeal can easily get a 100% return on the money. So, view your house exterior and front yard with a critical eye. A lick of paint and a bit of landscaping can go a long way in enticing potential buyers to walk through your front door.

2. Price it Right

If you want your house to sell, you have to price it right. And that means pricing at the current market price. Do your homework: check out recent sales in the area, property sales history, and past and present rating values. The internet is a good place to start your search.

3. Keep it Squeaky Clean

Be ready for drop-ins. Your house needs to be buyer-ready at all times. It can be frustrating living continually in show-home conditions. Let’s face it, nobody is that neat in real life. But that’s the image that appeals to buyers. Keep those dollar signs front of mind and it might be a little easier.

4. The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

It's the most important room in the house, trust us! Spend the money to update if need be. A full remodel or a light freshen up; make it attractive and appealing and the house will just about sell itself.

5. Keep the Pets Out

Keep in mind that not everyone is a cat or dog lover. Hide away the food bowls, the beds, the toys and any other pet paraphernalia you normally have about the place.

6. Lights On!

Maximise all the light in your home. A dark house puts potential buyers off. Open the curtains, clean windows inside and out, turn the lights on ahead of a viewing. A bright home is a welcoming one!

7. Clear the Closet Clutter

Keep closets neat and tidy. Aim for half-full. Buyers will snoop and if they see over-crowding, they find it hard to envisage fitting their stuff into the space. And that’s not the impression you want them to have. See it as a good chance to do some decluttering before you move.

8. Find the Right Agent

Make sure they are on top of your property. Do they know the market in your neighbourhood? How much experience do they have? What are their negotiation skills like? Have you checked their references? Besides all that, make sure they are in sync with you. You’ll be working closely with them, so it helps if you are on the same page.

How we can help

If you'd like to talk mortgages or investment opportunities, then contact us to set up a time to discuss the best options for your situation. Call us (0800-230-235) or send an email (admin@nzadvicegroup.co.nz).