Buying or selling- contact Seeff

2017-03-28 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedMichele Wilson of Seeff.

PHOTO: suppliedMichele Wilson of Seeff.

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HELLO all you valuable sellers out there. When asking a Seeff agent to value or assess your property prior to marketing the home, you must ask yourself, “Is my home in showroom condition?” The reason that this is important is that the price that the Seeff agents will recommend is based on what they see and not what they are told you may be intending to do about fixing ‘this’ or ‘that’. It will be too late to wait until a show house has been booked to quickly try and make your home sparkle. So ideally, prior to inviting Seeff to pass valuation and opinion on marketing price, your home should be up to the standard dictated by the price expected. Remember, first impressions count and as the buyer views the property all issues requiring attention must be done and ready for show time. Your Seeff agent will be supported by all their colleagues in the dynamic team at Seeff Hillcrest and Kloof and your agent of choice would need you to work comprehensively with them in the details such as: reasons for selling, beneficial features as well as the ‘not so good’ features, existing bond on the property, municipal rates, taxes, levies, facts about the neighbourhood and immediate neighbours, amenities in the vicinity, and all defects of the property which are either going to be repaired at the cost of you the seller … or not. Any items that need repairs or attention will be listed and recorded and this task, done correctly, saves anything problematic when an offer is formulated.

Frequently asked questions by a seller regarding why their home is not selling would indicate that the property might be on the market on the wrong price where overpricing is identified as one of the major reasons a property won’t sell, others might be:

• Overlooking maintenance: often causes the seller to have his property on the market for longer and achieve a lower price.

• Untidy or dirty kitchens and bathrooms: these are extremely personal spaces, they can be a complete put off to any buyer.

• Over-enthusiastic sellers: often spoil the sales process of the agent in charge as over-talking by any seller indicates to the buyer a sense of desperation and therefore it is advisable to rather let the home speak for itself and let the sales agent do their job.

• Smelly homes: is one of the other factors that are very off-putting to the potential buyer who might not love your animals and their odours as much as you do.

• Unkempt gardens: Are another area that can either make or break your deal as Seeff have noticed that beautiful gardens often clinch the deal.

• Remove the clutter: which is very off-putting to any potential buyer and Seeff’s advice is to box it, bin it, store it or throw it out.

Once your home is on the market, it must be clean, all defects attended to and in showroom condition … and then Seeff will be ready for show time and get you the best price with the least hassles.

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