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Property inspection checklist: Things you need to look out for at open homes

Heading to one property inspection after another can be exhausting and sometimes homebuyers forget to take notice of some of the most important aspects of the property.

It can be hard to know right away whether or not a property is going to be the one. Some people base their buying decision on how they “feel” about the property when they walk in the door and while it’s important to fall in love with the home you buy, there’s a few other things you should pay attention to too.

Structural issues: Check for signs of potentially serious issues such as pest damage, mould, cracks or poor building construction. While some of these issues won’t be deal breakers, they may require further investigation.

Hire a professional building and pest inspector to inspect the property if you’re not sure exactly what to look out for.

Parking: Don’t forget to consider how many vehicles you will need to have parked at your potential new abode. If you will need to park a car on the street, or your visitors will, then also consider whether there is adequate parking space available.

Enough space: If you have a lot of stuff that you’ll be moving with you then ensure it’s all going to fit in your new property. Consider things like whether the couch will fit comfortably in the lounge room or whether your fridge can fit in the kitchen. Of course if you really love the house these things can be replaced but you still want to ensure the house has adequate room to suit the needs of you and your family.

Location: You can change the property after you buy it but you can’t change the location. Take note of the general surroundings of the property and things like road access and nearby amenities.

Neighbours: You could be living next to your future neighbours for a long time so you want to consider things like whether or not your property provides enough privacy or whether your neighbours might have any noisy pets or bad habits like an untidy yard that could become an issue.

Keep in mind when you’re inspecting a property that there’s likely to be at least one or two things that aren’t quite perfect.

A few minor issues with a property don’t need to be a deal breaker but they are worth thinking about when you’re deciding on the most suitable property to buy.

If you decide to proceed with the purchase of a property don’t forget to get expert advice from both legal and building experts.

For those looking for more help finding the right property in Mudgee, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the friendly team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate.

How to make your property stand out this spring

The Mudgee property market has welcomed the start of spring and with interest rates at record lows and more and more people looking to make a tree-change to our beautiful part of the world, it looks set to be a busy selling season ahead.

If you plan on selling this spring then it’s important to pay attention to how well your property presents to buyers.

Spring brings about a lot more property competition and it can pay to make your property stand out amongst the rest. This normally means fixing up anything that will make the property appear better aesthetically and making the effort to clean up before property inspections.

 It’s always worth asking your real estate agent for advice so you don’t spend money unnecessarily on improvements, but overall it generally pays to focus on making the property look clean, fresh and ready to move into.

Consider:

– Cleaning and de-cluttering – A spring sale warrants a thorough property clean. Get rid of cobwebs, wash walls and windows and do all of those jobs you tend to put off most of the year.

– Making any repairs – Prospective buyers are likely to test things like lights and taps at open homes so make sure these are all working as they should and of course fix anything that is immediately noticeable and may be of concern to a future buyer.

– Refreshing walls and floors – One of the best things you can do before selling is make the property feel light and bright and the easiest way to do this is with a lick of paint. Properties with old and daggy floors can often benefit from being replaced too. Pick colours and style that will create a good feeling for buyers when they walk through the door.

– Tidying gardens – Gardens need a spring clean just as much as the inside of the house so spend a weekend trimming trees, fixing fencing and clearing paths and driveways. Plant some new plants to help brighten up your kerb appeal too.

– Staging – The right furniture and styling can help buyers picture the full potential of a property. Don’t underestimate how important staging can be, it can help buyers picture how they might use a room and best utilise a space.

Most important, if you’re thinking about selling make sure you have a chat to your Professionals Mudgee Real Estate Agent.

Each and every property is different and will appeal to different groups of buyers, so it’s important to get the right advice if you want to maximise your selling price.

Selling over summer? Here’s how to prepare your Mudgee home for summer inspections

Summer has officially arrived in Mudgee and for those who are selling their homes it’s going to be a very busy time of year.

The team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate are often asked if summer is a good time of year to sell, especially over the Christmas holidays, but as with any time of year, there is always buyers around and many of them will be looking to secure a new property before the New Year arrives or before their holidays end.

If you want to help ensure that your home sells quickly and gets the attention of buyers then it’s a good idea to get your home looking it’s very best.

Here are some ideas that might help your Mudgee home stand out this summer:

Make the most of your garden: People like to spend a lot more time enjoying the great outdoors in summer, and so they’re likely to pay a lot more attention to gardens and outdoor entertaining areas. Try to keep your backyard as neat and green as you can and set up an outdoor setting so that potential buyers can imagine what it would be like to entertain friends and family at your place, if they choose to buy.

Keep your pool clean: If you’re lucky enough to have a pool at your Mudgee home then make sure it looks clean and inviting on those hot summer’s days.

Turn on the air-con – If you have air-conditioning in your home then don’t forget to turn it on before an inspection. Your home will seem like a cool sanctuary and a welcome escape on a hot summer’s day.

Add a splash of colour: One of the best things about summer is all of the vibrant colours that can be found everywhere. You can bring subtle splashes of colour in your home through pillows, ornaments and linen. Don’t forget to let the sunshine in too, and on a particularly hot day it might be nice to have a jug of iced water and cups on the bench for buyers to help themselves.

Don’t go overboard with holiday decorations: While it can be nice to have a Christmas tree in the corner or a wreath on the door, it’s best to keep festive decorations simple so as not to overwhelm buyers. Try to steer clear of garish banners or decorations that can make a space look cluttered.

Overall, no matter the time of year you’re selling, you should always aim to keep your home neat and tidy for house inspections and try to highlight the best features of the property.

If you would like any tips or advice for selling your Mudgee home this summer then don’t hesitate to contact one of the team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate.

What to look out for at an open home

So you think you’ve find the perfect home. It’s in the perfect location and it has the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms – but how do you know if it really is a good property or not?

Here are some things that you should look out for:

Are there any issues with the building? – Mould, cracks and watermarks can be the symptoms of much bigger problems. To help ensure you don’t buy a building that’s about to crumble you should always make the effort to get a professional to carry out a building and pest inspection.

Plumbing problems? – It’s a good idea to test taps and toilets to make sure they are all in working order and to keep an ear out for any signs of leaking taps.

Will your furniture fit? – Bring along a tape measure to your next inspection to measure bedrooms, living and kitchen spaces. This will let you know how much space you have for your furniture should you decide to buy.

Is there enough storage space? –Think about your current storage requirements and try to imagine where everything will go in your next property.

Is there room for the car? – Is there enough space at the property to park all of your cars or any other vehicles?

Are important amenities nearby? – This is the most important thing to consider, as the one thing you can’t change about a property is its location. You should always carry out your own research on an area and make sure that you’re nearby to all the things that are important to you. For example if you have children then you’ll probably want schools and parks nearby. Or maybe you need to be close to public transport?

Remember, unless you are designing a property from scratch then there’s likely to be at least one or two things that aren’t quite perfect. A few issues with a property don’t need to be a deal breaker though but they are worth keeping in mind when deciding whether or not to buy.

If you have any questions about buying or selling real estate in Mudgee then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the friendly team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate.

Preparing for summer inspections

summer 3Throughout the year we’ve posted various tips on preparing your Mudgee home for open homes and inspections.  However, we thought it might be worthwhile giving a few extra tips for presenting your home in the summer months, as making the right first impression is crucial when selling in a hot Mudgee market.

  • When possible, open up your house as much as possible to let in the fresh air.  When hosting an inspection in the heat, there’s little worse than walking into a house that’s been closed up all day.  If you’re serious about selling, and you want buyers to fall in love with your home, it makes sense to make the house as fresh and comfortable as possible so they’ll want to stay.  Open up the windows and let the summer breezes flow through.
  • Get rid of any smells, laundry and pets.  This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people leave pet’s blankets, beds, toys and dishes out for buyers to see and smell.  Dirty laundry is another huge turn off.  In fact, anything that might take away from the fresh smell of summer needs to go!
  • If you have a cooler, this is the perfect opportunity to show it off!  When you’re selling it’s important to put your home’s best features at the forefront of buyers’ minds, so demonstrating how easy it is to stay cool and comfortable should be priority one on a hot day.  Just make sure you don’t leave people shivering – a comfortable living room should bear no resemblance to the refrigerator.
  • Make sure your gardens are in top shape.  While you may be able to hide flaws in the gardens during winter, when buyers don’t want to spend too much time poking around in the cold winds and rain, we often see buyers spending as much time outdoors as they do indoors during summer inspections.  Do you have a great entertainment area, kids play area, or enough space for a good game of backyard cricket?  Make the most of your outdoor haven by setting the outdoor table as if you’re ready for a summer bbq, put the wickets and cricket set in place to show how much fun you could be having scoring a summer ton,  or leave a few kids toys out in the sand box.  Creating an enviable scene will likely do more for buyers’ first impressions than simply standing back admiring an expanse of empty lawn.
  • Finally, why not leave a jug of iced water and cups on the bench for buyers to help themselves?  It may just keep them around for longer, and will certainly leave a positive impression.

If you’re thinking of selling over the summer months, we encourage you to contact our team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate or drop by our office to pick up your FREE copy of our Showtime brochure – It’s jam-packed with great tips for selling your Mudgee home.

Mudgee Real Estate Tips – 4 Ways To Impress With A Sparkling Home

Have you ever done a final clean before moving out of a home, only to realise how lovely and spacious it can look?  Ever walked through a spotless display home and wished you could move straight in?  You’re not alone.  These are typically reactions to houses that are sparkling clean and free from clutter.  It seems obvious, and of course you’ll have a good clean and tidy before selling your home.  But just how far will you go?  By following these few simple cleaning tips your house will be sparkling clean, and likely attracting crowds of smitten Mudgee real estate buyers.

  1. Giving your windows a thorough clean on the inside and out will have an instant impact on the appearance of your home.  If you have a deck or patio, crystal clear windows will best show off your indoor-outdoor living spaces.  Windows without smudges and fingerprints will be similarly attractive if hosting twilight inspections; it’s extremely inviting to look through a sparkling window to a warm glowing room.
  2. Professionally cleaning your carpets and polishing your floorboards and tiles will not only ensure your floors shine, but will also give your home a beautifully clean and crisp smell.  This is always a more attractive scent when inspecting a home than deodorisers, which buyers often suspect are masking unwanted odours.
  3. By cleaning all woodwork in your kitchen and bathrooms you’ll help to give these rooms a huge lift.  While you may have grown accustomed to the odd drip or spill, buyers are likely to notice and may find them off-putting.
  4. Remember to clean all light fittings thoroughly, particularly outdoor lights which are renowned bug catchers.  As you make your way around the house it’s a good idea to replace any blown bulbs.  If things aren’t in good working order on inspection day, buyers may assume the house has been neglected.

Make sure your Mudgee home stands out from the crowd.  Give your home the best opportunity to impress by making sure it looks its best on inspection day.  Just think, every hour you spend cleaning will be well worth it when you’re gleefully clinking champagne glasses together in front of your ‘Sold’ sign.

For more selling and home styling tips you can pick up our free Showtime Guide at the Professionals Mudgee Real Estate office or feel free to give us a call on 6372 2584.