10 Things all owners must do before Selling

10 Garden Tips for Sellers

15 Years of selling homes in the Port Elizabeth residential property market, as a professional estate agent, has provided me with unique insights into what works for sellers of homes in  Nelson Mandela Bay.

First impressions count. Always!

A property coming onto the market has but one opportunity to make a dramatic impression. It is not the first show house or the first viewing – it’s when the photos are taken. Gone are the days of doggy “

It is not the first show house or the first viewing – it’s when the photos are taken. Gone are the days of doggy “mik en druk” cameras, blurred photos caused by shaky hands, and most decent phones have high-resolution capability – now capture everything in high resolution.

So what are some things you must do before the photographer comes:

1. THE LAWN

The lawn is a major part of many South African home. Environmental considerations aside, lawns are still very much part of what buyers look at. If you have lawn, make sure it is well cut and neatly edged.

If the grass is invading your paving its time to get that removed. If necessary, if you are battling to maintain your lawn consider a lawn service or can professionally cut and maintain your lawn during the sale. It is recommended that you call in advice on getting it looking as good as possible.

If the grass is invading your paving its time to get that removed. If necessary, if you are battling to maintain your lawn, consider a lawn service or can professionally cut and maintain your lawn during the sale. It is recommended that you call in advice on getting it looking as good as possible. This may entail dressing the lawn and applying

It is recommended that you call in advice on getting it looking as good as possible. This may entail dressing the lawn and applying fertilizer well ahead of selling.

Weeds are another issue which should preferably be dealt with ahead of time.

WARNING:

Sprinkling manure on a lawn just before selling will offend buyer’s senses and create a bad impression. Weeds are another issue which should preferably be dealt with ahead of time.

2. PRUNE AND SHAPE FORM PLANTS

Form plants are key aspects of the curb appeal of your property. We have all been to properties where the home is all but hidden from the street by overgrown trees and out of control shrubs. Does it create a great impression?

Does it create a great impression?

As a buyer, would this attract you to this home?

Unless you are planning your garden to be a set for National Geographic documentary on the wilds, make the decision and get your garden looking great.

3. WEED AND MULCH GARDEN BEDS

A weed-free garden is not only appealing to buyers but it focusses attention on your plants.

4. CUT ANY VEGETATION OBSTRUCTING WINDOWS, DOORS, OR PATHS

A buyer wants to see your home, so make it easy for them, and let in the light. so many times a home can appear dark and dingy, when in fact it’s the overgrown garden preventing the welcoming light from entering the home. Taking the time to do this not only opens up your home, let’s in light but also makes it easier for buyers to appreciate your home for what it is.

So many times a home can appear dark and dingy, when in fact it’s the overgrown garden preventing the welcoming light from entering the home. Taking the time to do this not only opens up your home, let’s in light but also makes it easier for buyers to appreciate your home for what it is.

Taking the time to do this not only opens up your home, let’s in light but also makes it easier for buyers to appreciate your home for what it is.

5. PICK UP PET DROPPINGS AND DEBRIS

It is not unusual to view a home where there are dog animal droppings litter the lawn and pathways, like a minefield.To make matters worse some dogs are the size of small horses and their droppings are so large that they have their own micro weather systems. Buyers have not attained the almost Jedi-like skills of an estate has off looked at the home, while avoiding stepping on these presents.

To make matters worse some dogs are the size of small horses and their droppings are so large that they have their own micro weather systems. Buyers have also not attained the almost Jedi-like skills and reflexes of a seasoned estate agent who can look at the home while avoiding stepping on these anti-personnel mines.

While you are out there, please pick up the toys, and the bits and pieces which remain after Fido chewed up some pure hapless item or toy.

6. CLEAN GUTTERS, DOWNPIPES, AND DOORS

Most homes have white guttering and over time it gets covered in dirt. It is advisable to attend to cleaning these items. If door frames have become chipped and damaged, a quick sand, treatment, and paint will have it looking as new.

It is advisable to attend to cleaning these items. If door frames have become chipped and damaged, a quick sand, treatment, and paint will have it looking as new.

If door frames have become chipped and damaged, a quick sand, treatment, and paint will have it looking as new.

7. CLEAN THE POOL AND PACK AWAY POOL EQUIPMENT

Just as much as an azure blue pool can be an amazing asset, a dirty or green pool can have the opposite effect. If the pool is green enough the buyer may wonder is someone is hiding a defect in the pool. The other issue is it may overemphasize the cost of keeping a pool.

If the pool is green enough the buyer may wonder is someone is hiding a defect in the pool. The other issue is it may overemphasize the cost of keeping a pool.

Also is something is not going with the sale – pack it away.

8. DO YOU WANT TO TAKE PLANTS WITH YOU WHEN YOU SELL?

Dig them out now and put them into pots or mark them with something so that buyers can see which plants are going and which are staying. While we are on this topic – if you have indigenous plants which require a permit – please get this paperwork ready. The buyer will need it if the plant stays and you will need to transport it. The law in the Eastern Cape love cycads – so don’t take the chance.

9. THROW AWAY THE RUBBISH AND GET RID OF THE CLUTTER

We all have those little corners in our garden where the stuff we mean to get rid of heaps up. There may also be some branches we meant to get rid of … three months ago but have not quite got to it. Arrange for the collection and removal of this.

10. MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS WELL MARKED

So often home’s street numbers are not easily visible. This is a problem for your security company but it will also be for buyers when they come for viewings. Make sure your street number is easily visible and not obstructed. It may seem that I am obsessed with detail, but being obsessed with detail has allowed me to sell properties quicker than the norm and very often with

It may seem that I am obsessed with detail, but being obsessed with detail has allowed me to sell properties quicker than the norm and very often with multiple offers. Please make sure that you call in professionals for some of these items because sometimes we don’t have the knowledge, experience, or equipment to do what has to be done. Before I list some homes we project manage sometimes as many as 5 contractors attending to different aspects of the home – before we take a single photo.

My team’s commitment to 360-degree attention to detail ensure a hassle free and and pleasant selling experience.

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