Spring is generally considered the silly season of real estate when more homes sell than any other time of the year. If indications from previous years are anything to go by, the Spring real estate market 2017 will provide Australian property sellers with a lot of advantages. According to Business Insider, demand for property last Spring saw high levels of homes going to auction and increased prices, especially in Sydney and Melbourne.
If you’re not sure whether to list for the Spring or wait, there are plenty of reasons to sell your home now. After the gloom of Winter, Spring is often a fresh start for people on the property hunt, and attending open for inspections is a much pleasanter experience in the warmer weather, so you can expect buyers to be out in force.
In saying that, you still have to help your home stand out from the crowd. Buyers will be looking at dozens of houses, not just yours. Here’s how to be uppermost in their mind.
Tips To Selling Your House This Spring
Impress Their Socks Off
Potential buyers are looking for the wow factor, so you need to give your home key selling points to make them feel ‘this is the one’. People will be searching for certain features and if it can tick their boxes you’re away laughing. Says Frank Valentic of Advantage Property Group and a judge on The Block, “open-plan living, outdoor entertaining, and large renovated kitchens and bathrooms are all top of buyers lists”.
Release Your Inner OCD
Meticulous preparation such as cleaning, fixing broken items and interior styling will all show your home to its best advantage. You don’t have to be a landscape gardener to improve your curb appeal but fixing that broken fence, mowing the lawn and pruning back bushes will please a buyer’s eye.
Likewise, interior styling doesn’t have to be expensive. By simply clearing out the clutter, and giving it a thorough clean, you could arouse several buyers interest. Being a perfectionist when it comes to how your home looks can pay big dividends when you’re selling
Attract With Colour
Did you know you can increase buyer interest with certain colours? Some colours are known for their mood enhancing properties, like yellow and green, but some can actually net you a higher price when selling. A analysis of 32,000 listings undertaken by a real estate company in the US concluded that home exteriors painted the shade of greige (light gray/beige) upped the selling price by $3,496. The findings suggest that buyers are looking for shades that are relatively neutral, so if you’re selling now’s not the time to go wild with your penchant for purple.
You Need A Quality Agent
Enlisting a quality real estate agent is beneficial to sellers in lots of ways. They can help you identify the key selling points of your home and how to play them up for inspections. They also know what buyers are searching for in your area, such as good schools or cafes, and what to add to marketing material to attract serious interest. The experience and wide network of contacts that a quality real estate agent brings to the proceedings will definitely work in your favour if you’re showcasing your home this Spring.
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