Why summer can be a great time to list your property
WHILE spring is commonly accepted as the best time of year to sell property, vendors aiming to capitalise on the success of the past 12 months might opt to list this summer.
With Melbourne’s auction market not expected to hit its straps again until February, realestate.com.au head of residential Andrew Rechtman said now could be the ideal time for vendors to make their home stand out from the crowd.
He advised those wanting to take their home to auction next month to list the property as soon as possible to gain as much exposure as possible.
“A lot of Australians are still on holiday until Australia Day, so auctions scheduled after will receive more attention,” he said.
“You can maximise the price by getting as many people interested as possible and making sure you have as many interested buyers able to inspect as possible.”
Mr Rechtman warned against scheduling auctions or open for inspections during the heat of the day.
“In the peak summer months it can heat up very quickly and you don’t want buyers to be uncomfortably hot when inspecting your property,” he said. “Make sure the house is opened up early to let in fresh air or, if you have an airconditioner, make sure it is on to experience the house at its best.”
Outdoor presentation at this time of year was critical, Mr Rechtman said.
“If the garden is a selling point, invest in keeping it green, and if it’s not at its best, perhaps delay listing until the garden is looking good,” he said.
“There is a real premium in searching for homes with pools or close to water features.
“Most agents will suggest vendors present the home uncluttered, which also applies to the pool.
“You want a shiny, clean pool with nice pool furniture and a couple of toys, and avoid taking a dip on the day of the home open because you want people to see it at its best.”
Collins Simms agent Belinda Lindsay agreed presentation was the key to a successful result for the seller.
“Think about the time of day the home looks at its best — for some it is cool summer mornings and others it is twilight,” she said
Ms Lindsay said typically with summer came people’s goals for the new year, which often included buying a home.
“By listing in summer you capture
that excitement,” Ms Lindsay said.
She urged vendors to avoid overdoing it with presentation and instead allow potential buyers to visualise themselves in the home.
“Don’t have anything cooking, use fresh smells and open windows to let the cool breeze in,” she said.
Anita D’Aprano believes the holidays have helped boost interest in the sale of her Carlton North terrace house. Picture: DAVID CROSLING