VIP Properties often experience that our clients' properties aren't 100% market ready when the big Show Day arrives. But we realised that the clients weren't informed what they needed to do to get their property ready for the market. We have compiled a very comprehensive guide to assist you and hopefully sell your property quicker.
These are simply the basics, but this will truly help to have a successful show day together with your property agent.
The Garden & Paving
Tend to your lawn, hedges and flower beds and sweep all paving areas. Remember, the first impression a potential buyer will experience of your property is the exterior. If you don't have time to attend to the above mentioned, get garden services to assist with this vital element.
A swimming pool is supposed to add value to a property. Do you still think that it will add value if the pool is cracked and covered with algae? So it goes without saying that your pool needs to be clean and well maintained.
Even though your pets mean the world to you, a potential buyer may not feel the same. Firstly, make sure that all animal litter is removed both outside and inside. Secondly, make sure that your pets aren't in the way when potential buyers visit your property. No buyer wants to have a dog sniffing or jumping against him/her. Imagine if a potential buyer gets bitten by your dog? Are you going to pay for the hospital costs? You may even be sued! Rather keep you pets out of the way for the couple of hours whilst your property is begin showcased.
This is probably the most important aspect of the entire property. Firstly, make sure that your doorbell is working. If a potential buyer finds that the doorbell is broken he/she will assume that there are a lot of other faults inside the house as well. Make sure that the entrance to your property is clear and clean. If possible place some flowers at the entrance of the property. An air-freshener in your home is a great way to freshen the air and create a "welcome" feeling.
Keeping Your Home Neat & Tidy
What does it mean when the real estate agent mentions that your home should be "clean" for the show day? Good question. In short, make sure that you perform the following tasks:
- Make sure that the kitchen, sink and stove is spotless - no dirty dishes, none!
- Needless to say, your floors/carpets should be mopped and or vacuumed
- Even the windows should be cleaned
- Bathrooms should also be spotless - no towels lying on the floors.
- Tidy all the cupboards and cabinets
- Although a garage is not always the cleanest place in a house, it's still important to keep it neat and tidy
- Make sure all the beds are made
- Get rid of clutter - from magazines to children's toys
- Lock valuables away
Yes, security! It's vital that you lock away your valuables. Bloemfontein has recently been targeted by a group of "buyers" that operate in groups of 3 to 5 people. 2 people will keep the real estate agent occupied with questions regarding the property, whilst the rest continue through the property in search of valuables to steal. A professional real estate agent will arrange with a local security company to assist during show days. This way you can rest assure that your property and its valuables are protected by professionals.
DIY & Maintenance
Fixing Your Property Prior To The Show Day
The gravity of the situation can't be expressed more! Please, don't fool yourself by saying that you will fix all the broken pipes, roof, windows or handles once a buyer has signed an offer to purchase. Remember, you only get one chance to make an impression. A potential buyer will have made a decision whether he/she would buy the property within seconds of entering your property.
Walls that need re-painting and broken windows or toilet seats won't leave a good impression with any buyer. You need to fix all broken or faulty items inside/outside your property prior the Show Day. Properties that are 100% market ready will just sell quicker. Period.
One is suppose to maintain one's property throughout the year. These include:
- Painting (re-painting) walls
- Varnishing Doors, skirting boards and window frames
- Thorough cleaning carpets and washing of curtains
- Replacing faulty light switches and faulty globes
- Checking for general plumbing faults - blocked sinks and pipes
- Faulty or broken door or window hinges
- Squeaking doors and toilet seats
- Maintenance of swimming pool equipment
A market-ready property will sell faster and by implementing the above mentioned you will surely have a better chance of selling your property quicker and at the same time add more value to your property. If you'd like to sell your property complete this form and sell your property the smart way with high quality photographs, video and virtual tours.