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Sell your home quickly

Sell your home quickly

There are many things to consider when you’re looking to sell a home. Should you start with a high price and then lower it if the house doesn’t sell? What makes a home look appealing to potential buyers?

If you are asking these questions then check out these great tips from Lew Geffen Sotheby’s in Umhlanga…

Price it right from the start
Agents and buyers know when they find a good deal, and they know they need to move quickly. You’ll save yourself time and hassle if you skip the high-price shenanigans altogether.

Enhance your curb appeal
Add new soil, plant flowers, paint the front door or replace the mailbox. Prospective buyers form an opinion the moment they spot the home.

Update the interior and exterior
New fixtures, fresh paint and updated landscaping are all fairly easy and affordable ways to give your home a makeover.

Clean and declutter
Remove knick-knacks and excess furniture. The fewer things there are in the home, the larger it will look. Hire a cleaning service to do a deep cleaning, including washing the windows.

Remove family photos, religious items and political posters – and get all the children’s drawings off the refrigerator. You want prospective buyers to envision their family in the house, not yours.

Fix things that are broken
A cracked windowpane may not bother you, but it gives the impression that the homeowner is careless about maintenance.

Stage the house properly
If you have odd rooms with no obvious role, give them one. For example, an odd alcove off the kitchen could be staged as an office or a pantry. Remove pets and their paraphernalia.

Make it easy to show
The more flexible you are about visits the more people will be able to see your home. Be ready to welcome prospective visitors early in the morning, at night and on weekends, with little notice.

Go away when the house is shown
You want would-be buyers to imagine themselves living in the home and to peek into closets without feeling like intruders. They can also discuss the house’s pros and cons honestly without worrying about offending the seller.

Deal with an agent who uses social media to showcase your home
Share the listing yourself, too.

Ensure the listing has good photos
Most buyers start their search online. You want something better than snapshots taken quickly with your agent’s phone.

Share information about life in the neighbourhood
The listing should include photos of nearby recreation, dining and shopping areas. If the schools are good, make sure that information is in the listing.

Details: Lew Geffen Sotheby’s / 20 Solstice Road, Gateway, Umhlanga / 031 566 5150.


Get It Magazine (Ballito/Umhlanga) – November 2018

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