If you are looking to sell your home a key priority for you will be to sell for the most amount of money possible. You can trust that your agent will work their hardest to help you achieve the best sales prices possible, but what can you do as a vendor to help improve the value of your home? What rooms should you focus on to attract the most amount of people.
This month we are going to look at one room that can make or break a sale – the kitchen. The kitchen is usually the most expensive room in any house so in most cases prospective buyers don’t want to see a kitchen that needs a total upgrade. Don’t panic though as there are a number of small inexpensive things you can do to make your kitchen more appealing to more buyers.
What you are trying to achieve
A successfully staged kitchen feels inviting, a place your future buyer could see themselves enjoying as the heart of their home. The staged kitchen will look, feel and smell clean. The benches should be clear of clutter, but not void of life, it should feel spacious and light filled with a touch of luxury.
Not sure how to get this feeling? Here are some tips on how to get the perfectly styled kitchen:
Get the kitchen professionally cleaned
Getting a professional cleaner to clean your kitchen is a great investment. They have the skills and attention to detail to ensure every nook and cranny in your kitchen is clean and presented in the best possible way.
Clear the Clutter
If you have more on your kitchen benches than in the cupboards you need to clear the clutter. A coffee maker and toaster are about the only appliances you should be able to see – moving everything else out of sight will help create a sense of space and order.
Fresh coat of paint
Apart from cleaning, a fresh coat of paint can work wonders in a drab kitchen, especially if cooking splatters have become a feature! Don’t go crazy with the colour, perhaps look to match the colour of your bench or cupboards or if in doubt go with a crisp white – this always look fresh.
You may find that your walls don’t need a total repaint but take a close look and patch up any imperfections. Don’t forget your worn tiles – a little primer and paint can make a huge difference to these too. A professional painter can normally paint a kitchen in only a few hours
Buyers know just how expensive a new oven or dishwasher can be, so they may shy away from your house if they think they will need to spend up big on replacements for these appliances. If your appliances are out of date, consider replacing them. It may be a worthwhile investment
Effectively marketing your property is a critical part of achieving a successful sale. A well rounded marketing plan with a mix of different advertising channels such as internet, social media, signboards, local marketing and newspaper advertising all play an important role in spreading the word about your property and creating healthy competition among buyers.
Each different advertising method comes with a cost that must be factored into your overall budget and in most instances advertising or marketing costs are paid on top of any agent commission.
Creating a valuable marketing plan for your property
Marketing is often a considerable expense, therefore it is important to get it right from the start. An agent will prepare a marketing plan in conjunction with the home owner to ensure maximum exposure is given to the property and to reach as many potential buyers as possible. The most successful marketing plans combine a mix of different media such as internet sites, social media channels, signboards, print advertisements, letter box drops, email marketing to name a few channels. Working out what is best for you and your property should be discussed in conjunction with your agent – they know the market and how best to reach it.
Professional Photography, video and copywriting
In most cases the first thing a potential buyer will see is an image of the listing either on line or within a newspaper, therefore the best way to grab someone’s attention is to use a professional photographer who is skilled at capturing the best features of a property. With 86% of potential buyers* using online as their main tool to search for properties, making sure you have high quality, accurate images for the property will help your property stand out from the crowd. Video is also increasingly popular and an excellent way for potential buyers to get an accurate feel of the property.
It is also important to use the skills of a good copywriter to describe your property. They are excellent at writing engaging and accurate text that focuses on the properties features along with any potential lifestyle benefits. This text along with a floor plan drawn to scale will appear right across your property marketing so it is important to get it right.
Signboards in front of the property
Street sign boards are the cornerstone of property marketing. They enable you to showcase the features of the property and as they are positioned out the front of the property, are one of the best ways to capture local buyers who may not be actively seeking a new property but are willing to purchase when the right property appears. We buy houses Brandon.
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Real estate portals
86% of potential buyers use online as their main tool to search for properties, therefore it is vital that this channel forms part of your marketing campaign. Websites such as realestate.com.au, domain.com.au and ljhooker.com.au are the first place buyers head to as it is the most efficient way to view all properties for sale in one place. The added bonus is buyers can sign up for property alerts and be notified when a property is listed meeting their criteria. Sellers can therefore be assured that the right buyers are being instantly directed to their property matches.
Whilst social media and the internet have undoubtedly grown as locations for potential buyers, newspapers still remain a key media placement. Not all buyers are online. Active buyers will most likely see a property online, however there are a significant number of passive buyers also in the market who didn’t know they were looking until they found the right property, or were adopting a wait and see approach to buying. This market is often best reached in print where they will take their time browsing a publication at their leisure.
In addition, because the real estate section of the national papers has articles on market conditions, tips for buyers and sellers plus detailed lists of recent sales and auction results, buyers are drawn to the property lift outs as a research source. Your property’s advertisement will also benefit from the increased readership.
So the ritual of reading the Saturday real estate lift out with the morning coffee is far from over. Whilst there is movement to online channels, it really pays to use both the internet and print media in your marketing plan, particularly for sellers having an auction who need to attract the greatest amount of buyers in a short amount of time.
Drop Card and Property Brochures
Another great way to promote your property to the local market is via drop cards and property brochures. These assets include photos and a description of the property and agent contact information. These are delivered to the local neighborhood letterboxes, are handed out at open for inspections and are used in the real estate agent’s office window to promote the property.