Sunday, August 23, 2015

Boost The Value Of Your Home By Fixing Up The Garden

Well hello there fellow bloggers, I’ve just been reading my last post and I’ve realised I can go into a little bit more detail on a piece of advice I gave. If you read it, you’ll know I was talking about selling a home fast. One of the ways I talked about doing this was a little something called curb appeal. But, I only scratched the service of this topic so for those of you eager to sell a house I think a little more information is necessary. By improving your home’s curb appeal, you can actually get a much higher offer on your house when you sell. There are a number of ways to do this.

1. Tidy Up Your Garden

When thinking about curb appeal, it is important that your garden looks neat and tidy to a potential buyer. This is quite simple to do, and it won’t take much of your time or effort. All you need is a good trim of the grass and to cut back any overhanging trees and bushes. This will ensure that your garden looks clean and clear. If you have been having a dry season, you may also want to use some grass growing to make sure your lawn looks full and lush.

2. Make Any Needed Repairs

Once you have finished cleaning and tidying the garden, it is time to get busy with repairs. You need to fix anything that is immediately noticeable to a visitor and perhaps a few things that aren’t. You would be surprised by the little details a potential buyer will notice.  For instance, if you have any weeds growing between gaps in paving stones you need to pull those out. You and I know that this has nothing to do with the quality of a home, but it is all about perception. Weeds make a house look like it has fallen into a state of disrepair. Other common fixes are repainting the garden fence and replacing any loose posts. 

3. Make Your Garden Look Bigger

It’s pretty simply to make a garden look bigger than it is, but it will require some attention and you probably won’t be able to do this yourself. If you have a back garden, that is completely grass you need to think about dividing it into sections by laying down a patio. Once you have done this, you can think about making your garden look unique with a structure like a pergola. This makes the space look bigger while also adding a certain degree of perceived value to your home. Great Aussie Patios build pergolas, so you don’t have to worry about a difficult construction process. Once it is complete you will see the massive effect it has on your lawn.  

4. Give It Some Character

If you have taken my advice and built a pergola patio feature this is going to be the pinnacle of your garden. But you also want to add some character to the rest of it. You can do this by planting some gorgeous, colourful flowers around the place or adding decorative ornaments.

Once you are finished, you won’t even recognise your back yard. This whole process can add at least ten grand on to the asking price when you sell.

I hope this has been a little helpful in boosting the value of your home.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Top Tips To Help You Sell Your Melbourne Home, Fast!

Hey guys, it’s been a while! If you read my last blog post, you will know why I have been busy for a while, so I won’t bore you with the details. I am making my long awaited return because I was currently talking to a friend who is in the process of trying to sell their home. After a long conversation, I realised that she was missing a few of the basics. I must admit, after a lot of thought I realised that I don’t talk too much about the basics on here. At times, I assume that everyone is on the same page, but sometimes that isn’t the case!

So, I am here to make amends with a simple post about the basic and essential tips that will help you sell your Melbourne home quickly. To be honest, they will help you sell your property anywhere in the world, that’s how effective they are. Hopefully, your property will fly off the market after you implement a couple.

Curb Appeal

I know a lot of people make this mistake because I used to make it a long time ago. For some reason, we think the interior of the house is more important than the exterior, and that isn’t the case. One of the most important tips I ever learned was never to underestimate the effect of a good first impression. I mean, just think about the house you live in now. I would put a lot of money on almost every homeowner knowing they were going to make a bid before they even stepped inside the door. Am I right?

Go outside and do a critical analysis of the outside of your property. Is it clean? Is it attractive? Or does it need work? That’s what potential buyers will think when the pull up outside.

Tidy Up

Before we move onto the bigger details, make sure everything is clean and tidy first. It is amazing how many of my clients think they need an En Suite installing because their bathroom isn’t big or modern enough. After a quick clean, the bathroom looks amazing, and there is no need for any work whatsoever. Upgrades are a big part of selling properties fast, but only if they UPGRADE your home. I tell my clients all the time don’t add an upgrade for the sake of it. You can save yourself a fortune by whipping the vacuum out, plus you will keep the integrity of your home.


But, that doesn’t mean that the right upgrade won’t make the process move quicker. When it comes to properties, you have to give the buyer what they want. Most buyers are looking for the perfect property to move into straight away, so if they find one they will snap it up. Think about the kitchen in particularly. Kitchens can be a sticking point, so try and make it more modern and bigger if possible. Although, I understand that isn’t always possible.


Don’t be afraid to show off your home’s positives. The majority of buyers will be able to see most of them for themselves. The home, the area, etc. speaks for itself. What doesn’t speak for itself, however, are the bills. Let buyers know that Melbourne electricity providers in your area are among the cheapest in the state. Or, that the rates are incredibly reasonable.

Cheaper rates will make your property a lot more desirable.

I hope some of these quick tips have been helpful to you all and will certainly do my best to share some more with you soon.