Six cre­ative ways to sell your home

The cur­rent real es­tate cli­mate is a sell­ers’ mar­ket. But it might take a while to sell your house if your neck of the woods is sat­u­rated with home­own­ers look­ing to make a big profit.

The Tribune (NZ) - - BACKYARD BANTER -

ere are six in­no­va­tive ways to sell your home if you’re strug­gling.

ASK A PRO­FES­SIONAL

If there’s one per­son who knows what they’re talk­ing about when it comes to sell­ing your home, it’s a real es­tate agent. They know the mar­ket, they know what houses near your place have sold for re­cently, and they know what buy­ers are look­ing for. In­vite a trusted real es­tate agent over to your home to dis­cuss po­ten­tial quick-wins to in­crease the value of your house and im­prove the chance of sell­ing at a value that works for you.

GET SLICK

Prospec­tive buy­ers want to browse a mod­ern and slick home they can imag­ine them­selves in, so de­clut­ter, de­per­son­alise and mod­ernise your house as much as pos­si­ble. Hire a pro­fes­sional home stag­ing com­pany or ask your flash friends if you can bor­row some awe­some fur­ni­ture and art for a month or so. Some real es­tate com­pa­nies now of­fer vir­tual home-stag­ing – fur­ni­ture su­per­im­posed into your empty rooms. The more you make your home look like it’s stepped straight off the pages of an in­te­rior de­sign mag­a­zine, the quicker your sale could go through – and the higher the price could be.

CATCH UP ON BA­SIC DIY

You’d be sur­prised at how far paint­ing your fence or wa­terblast­ing your pa­tio might go. Make mi­nor re­pairs, oil squeaky doors, fix leaky taps, mow the lawns and wash your win­dows be­fore strangers come waltz­ing

DO A LET­TER DROP

Some peo­ple might think that let­ter drops are a bit cheeky but the early bird gets the worm. Draft a warm, friendly and snappy let­ter, print it out on high qual­ity pa­per, and de­liver it to rentals and apart­ment com­plexes in neigh­bour­hoods ad­ja­cent to yours. The mes­sage could be as sim­ple as, ‘‘We’re sell­ing up; want to have a look?’’ In­clude your real es­tate agent’s de­tails to avoid ev­ery man and his dog con­tact­ing you di­rectly.

HOLD AN OPEN HOUSE PARTY

Open homes are so last year; open home par­ties com­plete with catered food and a band is where it’s at. Think that’s a bit ex­trav­a­gant? At least your house will be re­mem­bered.

THROW IN SOME FREE­BIES

Of­fer a prospec­tive buyer an in­cen­tive to be­come an ac­tual buyer. You don’t need to give away a free TV, but if your out­door fur­ni­ture just wouldn’t look as good any­where else, throw it in with the ask­ing price.

How do you make your house stand out from the crowd?

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