Right now, there are quite a few homeowners around Victoria who have recognised the opportunity that the period immediately following the lifting of Stage 4 restrictions in Spring is likely to provide for property sellers, particularly those who are ready to hit the market as soon as the brakes are released.
As we mentioned in a recent post on preparing for the Spring market, the current lockdown will be an ideal time for astute property owners to prepare for this upcoming opportunity.
With this mind, we thought we’d remind our readers of that famous saying, “You only get one chance to make a first impression”. Importantly, a lot of buyers will have formed an impression of your home before they get inside your front door! That’s why it’s important that you take a critical look at what buyers will be seeing from the moment they pull up outside your home.
For example, consider:
Spring is the season for colour. If you haven’t done it already, make sure your front garden has a sprinkling of plants that will provide colourful blooms at the time your property will be on the market.
Ensure a smooth entry. If your front gate, the path to your front door or the front verandah is in need of a fresh coat of paint or repairs to remove signs of wear and tear such as cracks or holes, now is the time to do it.
Trim and tidy. Make sure that buyers are focused on how appealing your front garden is, not how much work is needed. Trim the shrubs, weed the garden beds, and make sure your front door doesn’t creak as you open it!
How much is too much? As with all pre-sale renovations, the key is making sure you understand who your strongest buyers will be. After all, there’s no point in spending money on a major refit if the buyers are going to knock the house down and rebuild! So make sure you have a chat with one of Ian Reid’s experienced Advocates before you set your plans in concrete.
Of course, you’ll find lots of helpful tips in our FREE booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”, so feel free to download a copy while you’re here.