Selling your home - Here are 10 top tips to make it happen

AUGUST 16, 2016

Selling your home doesn’t have to be a long and complex process. In fact, Janet Venables sold her Westering home in less than a week with Chas Everitt Nelson Mandela Bay.

“With our experience, we know that there are certain aspects that can speed things along and aid the sale of your home,” comments Charlotte Vermaak, Principal of Chas Everitt Nelson Mandela Bay.

Here are her 10 top tips to make it happen:

Be sale ready

Most sales form part of a chain, and this can slow your sale down. However, by being as ready as you can to purchase your next property can help you to So speak with your bond consultant, have a conveyancer lined up, and get your documents in order.

Always be ready to show

You must ensure that your house is "show-ready" at all times.  Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.

Price it right from the start

Sellers often think they should set their price high as possible, and lower the price after some time if the home doesn’t sell. But this results in a slower sale, and at a lower price. “Get your agent to do a comparative market analysis to advise on a price that will see your property sold, and not hanging around on the market or failing to sell,” advises Vermaak. The first two weeks of a property going onto the market generates the most interest among buyers.

Make the right first impression

When buyers view homes, they will generally make up their mind about whether they like a property within a few minutes. “Curb appeal plays a big part in influencing this decision,” adds Vermaak. “Tidy up the front garden or give the front door a fresh lick of paint, so that when they’re approaching the property from across the street, the first impression is a good one.”

De-personalise your home

A buyer will want to imagine your home as theirs. Having your home full of clutter and with too many personal belongings on display can prevent them from doing this. Make sure to de-clutter and put ‘knick-knack’s that make your home look “you” into storage, you want buyers to imagine putting their own stamp on the property.

Do some DIY

Keeping parts of the home that add value such as the kitchen or bathroom, in good condition, can increase the appeal of your home. Whether it’s just a coat of paint, new kitchen equipment or fixing a wonky shelf, it is important that these parts of the home are in the best condition possible before you start marketing the property.

Be flexible

This is important throughout the sale process. If a potential buyer wants a night-time viewing after you’ve had a long day at work, let them. The more potential buyers that view your property, the more likely you are to get an offer, so flexibility can pay off.

Consider a show house

Many estate agents hold show house events, meaning you open your house on a Sunday afternoon for example to their buyers who might be interested in the property. This can be a great way to get people through your home in one viewing and may reduce the number of times you need to put an effort in making your property viewing ready.