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Dec 18, 2020

What Is A Body Corporate?

To put it simply, the body corporate is the organisation that is in charge of running an apartment building and managing all relevant issues. They have a range of tasks that they carry out including: Maintaining any shared common areas such as lifts, gardens, and entrances Managing and controlling any assets owned by the body corporate Keeping records of financial information, owner’s details, and meeting minutes Applying for and managing any relevant insurances including public liability insurance Setting out body corporate fee structures to be paid by individual building owners Writing and enforcing by-laws for building owners Where does the body corporate spend its funds? Fees received by body corporates are primarily used for the tasks listed above. Body corporates are liable for ensuring full reinstatement and public liability insurances are in place for any buildings they manage. They hold responsibility for the upkeep of any services that are linked to the building including gas, water, etc. They are also required to maintain the upkeep of areas used by residents and guests including common shared areas and the exterior of the building. What does the Body Corporate Manager do? The body corporate manager has a variety of daily tasks, but their main job is to organise matters that relate to lot owners. They are also tasked with ensuring that the building meets standards for legislation and insurance purposes. Issues can arise when there is not a skilled professional manager in charge of these affairs. Additional tasks can include running body corporate meetings, organising valuations for insurance purposes, keeping records of levies, and conflict mitigation. Information for Your Buyer Potential buyers will always want detailed information regarding Body Corporate costs or fees and any additional information to complex By-Laws. Below is a list of some of the Disclosure Statement information you should source from your Body Corporate Manager prior to launching to the market: CMS (Community Management Statement), including the By-Laws for the complex. Details of the Lot entitlements and contributions for your property. Diagrams of any exclusive use areas within or connected to your Lot. Quarterly (and annual) fees that apply to your apartment. Insurance details, including a copy of the Certificate of Currency. Latest AGM minutes (including the Financials and Budget for the complex). Balance of the Sinking Fund.

Nov 27, 2020

We Fix $5 Haircuts!

How much does ‘cheap’ actually cost you? Many years ago, I came across a funny business story about two hairdressing businesses that were located on the same block. One of them decided to cut their prices to attract more business and drive their competitor out of business. They put up a sign that read: “$5 haircuts” The other hairdresser saw this as a massive opportunity to display their point of difference and put up a sign that read: “We fix $5 haircuts”. The same can be said about real estate agents. There are plenty of agents out there who offer discounted rates, and by doing that they cut their service, they put their rookies on the job and they do all they can to get the property off their books as quickly as possible (by under-selling it) so that they can collect their lesser commission in record time and move on to the next victim. As a seller, when you choose the cheapest alternative, there is a high price you can pay. Sure, sometimes the cheapest choice works out ok but most times the cheapest choice is the cheapest for a reason. During our real estate career, we have had to fix many “$5 haircuts”! So much time, money, emotion, opportunity and energy can be thrown away by choosing your agent on cost alone. Interview your agents, find out what makes them tick, find out their point of difference. Investigate them when they are not watching, you will be amazed at what you find. At Amazing Apartments, we have always been very transparent about this topic. It frustrates us to see sellers disappointed and disillusioned by the fallacy that there is no difference between a discount agent and one who charges a reasonable fee. If an agent can’t negotiate their own fee, how are they ever going to protect the integrity and value of your property when faced with a negotiation? It just doesn’t add up. Think about this for a moment – the cheapest agent is the one who gets you the best result. If we can use our skills and years of experience, and a finely manicured database of qualified apartment buyers, to negotiate you a better sale price, then our commission rate is irrelevant as we have already put more money back into your pocket with a superior sales result. We are passionate about real estate, we are passionate about achieving the absolute best outcome for our customers, and we are passionate about knowing that we exhausted all options in a negotiation before it is signed off. To view demonstrated results of this, please refer to the many reviews we have collected over the years from satisfied customers.

Nov 26, 2020

Big Brand Or Boutique? Consider The Value Of Using A Specialist!

The myth of ‘Big Brand’ v ‘Independent’ real estate agencies. You’ve heard the stories from all of your friends and family, the ‘big brand’ agencies have a swag of agents on staff who can work on the sale of your property, whereas the smaller agencies don’t have that capability – true?? FALSE. Yes, the bigger brands have more staff, but the myth is that they are all focused on the sale of your property. Lots of people on staff actually means less accountability, because your property becomes everyone’s listing, but nobody’s responsibility. At Amazing Apartments, we pride ourselves on the personal service and accountability that comes with looking in the mirror every day and knowing that our client base is being serviced to its full potential and we are giving our sellers every opportunity to maximise their sale price. Another story is that big agencies have big databases – true, they might have more numbers on their books, but at Amazing Apartments, every buyer on our database is like us – focused on ‘the one thing’ and that thing is apartments! We have a finely tuned and manicured database of apartment buyers – we are not trying to compete on the quantity of numbers in a database, more importantly, we have procured a quality database of buyers who know what they want – and what they want in an apartment. I recently received an email from one of the national brands that went like this: “Based on your pre-requisites, we have identified a number of opportunities that will suit your needs:” This then went on to list everything from a $2,000,000 home in Hamilton to acreage at Samford Valley?! To me, that says it all – trying to be all things to all people gets you nowhere. Before you dismiss the consideration of a boutique and specialist Real Estate Agency, because you think there is strength in numbers, take the time to talk to us and experience the difference of being more than just another number on the stock list wall.

Sep 15, 2020

Do I Need A Real Estate Agent?

Real estate is a big business and the people who work in this industry are called real estate agents. Real estate agents make a living, and quite often a good one, by helping people like you buy and sell homes. If you’re looking to sell property, you may be asking yourself: “do I need a real estate agent?” The short answer is, it’s, of course, optional to get an agent to assist you in selling your home. However, an agent with the correct skill-set and professionalism will make your journey a safe and profitable one. The pros and cons of working with a real estate agent To reduce the hassle that comes with buying or selling a home, many people choose to go through a real estate agent. Having an agent handle all the legwork saves the seller or the buyer a great amount of hassle. With a real estate agent, all you need to do is ensure your home is well-staged and presents at its best, and the real estate agent will do the rest. Without an agent you’ll need to spend your time putting up signs, writing and purchasing ads, as well as fielding calls from people who may or may not be truly interested. In fact, some buyers won’t consider a property that’s for sale without an agent, because they don’t want the confrontation of dealing with the owner. There are positives and negatives that come with using a real estate agent. Positives may include: Real estate agents possess market knowledge and experience that the general public has no idea about, and have little or no access to. This is quite helpful in determining a proper, accurate and workable asking price for your home. They are good negotiators and should be able to help you get a higher selling price than you would get by selling on your own. Remember that an agent’s main goal is to ensure that your home sells. They have no particular attachment to it, and so will not panic if a sale flops. They’ll just move on to the next buyer. The biggest negative: You will need to part with a few extra dollars in terms of commission. It’s usually a percentage of the home’s sale price. Whether you go through a real estate agent depends on whether you have the time, patience, skills and confidence to do everything yourself. Although it’s becoming somewhat easier to sell your own home, listing your apartment through a real estate agent can save you lots of time, effort and hassle. Particularly because of the Body Corporate issues that can arise! You would also need to abide by the requirements for Disclosure Statements and other relevant paperwork. By selling your own apartment, you have the advantage of not having to pay fees to a real estate agent. Yet, if you choose your agent well, you’ll get a professional who can use their marketing and sales skills and experience to maximise your sale price. Ultimately, they help improve your end result – i.e. the money you end up with at the end. The role of the agent It’s a fact in the real estate industry that 20% of real estate agents account for more than 80% of property sales. That top 20% also tend to achieve the best price results for their clients. If you decide to use an agent to assist in the selling of your property, their primary role should be to protect your interests in the sale. Their job is also to understand the intricacies that go hand in hand with apartment sales. This includes giving you accurate information on the market, attaining the highest price that your property can sell for, marketing it and ensuring it’s at the frontline to sell as fast as possible. It also includes ensuring that this process runs smoothly. A good agent will always do everything in their power to promote the features and benefits of your property effectively and consistently to the marketplace. They’re aware that their reputation is also at stake. You need to be very selective and careful when selecting an agent to assist you in the sale. The less skilled and committed your agent is, the lower the price your property will sell for and the longer it will stay on the market. How to source and evaluate agents There are a great many real estate agents out there, all claiming to be the best! How do you select one who will put your best interests before their own need to make a name for themselves and get a commission? The following might just help you do that. Our 7-step checklist to source a real estate agent Make a list of all the agents you perceive to be most active or accomplished. This perception can come from your personal experience with them, what they specialise in (particularly when you are selling something specific like an apartment), their product knowledge, how they showcase their properties, how they make you (or your buyers) feel and what their core focus is. Rank each of the agents on your list. Do this by checking on their profile how often they turn the “For Sale” signs into a “SOLD” one. Analyse their marketing strategies. For example, the use of flyers and brochures in letterboxes and how strong or effective their marketing strategies are. Check out their online presence. What online marketing strategies do they use? Are they up to date with technology, do they follow the latest trends, can they spell (!!) and is their marketing targeting the correct demographic? What is their success rate? This is easily measured by asking for a “list to sell ratio”. This is the number of properties they’ve listed, compared to the number they’ve actually sold. What is their average discount rate? This is the difference between the advertised price and the price the property ends up selling for. Stay away from sites such as OpenAgent and LocalAgentFinder. These sites won’t give you the best agents in the area. They’re normally connected with agents that have agreed to pay up to 20% of the commission rate for referral business they haven’t been able to attract themselves. Evaluate your agent’s marketing expertise and record of success Any agent you consider to assist you should be conversant with the evolving marketing trends of recent years. Especially with the incredible impact of digital communication technology! They also need to be confident and knowledgeable in the intricate details of apartment sale contracts, body corporates, by-laws, disclosure statements, CMS documents and more. If you’re selling an apartment, they must have experienced apartment life, so they know how to talk to buyers about the benefits. The agent must be able to access and use up-to-the-minute marketing tools and strategies to attract as many suitable buyers as possible. When looking online, see whether they use things like professional photographs, virtual tour software, video marketing, database marketing and social media marketing. It suggests that the agent is keeping up with the trends in the market and you will not go wrong in choosing them. Once you identify an agent you want to work with, be sure to enquire about their track record. How successful are they in giving results? Ask questions such as where they live, how long they have lived there and why. If selling an apartment, ask them to give you a rundown on what they know about apartment sales and how they differ from other styles of property. Ask about their working tenure in the industry, their work history, what sales they have made recently and for what price range. Find out how long it would take them to sell your apartment and how many prospective buyers they have for your kind of property. Discover what their marketing methods are and whether they have a network of trusted trade and professional suppliers who can help you prepare your home for sale. Don’t forget to ask what their agent fee would be at the end of the sale. Remember, the cheapest agent can often be the most expensive in the long run! To secure business they have to offer the lowest fees, as they are not strong negotiators. Ready to sell your apartment? It’s up to you whether you choose to use a real estate agent or not, but working with one can certainly help you get the maximum price for your apartment. Just make sure to do your research, so you can feel confident that your choice will pay off. To sum it up – be sure to engage with the best sales agent who displays professionalism and a passion for what they do, and who can deliver results. Amazing Apartments has a specialist team dedicated to selling apartments. If you need help with selling your apartment, give our team a call today.

Sep 15, 2020

How To Price Your Home For Sale

When it comes to selling your property, one of the trickiest tasks is pricing it right. Nobody wants to price their property too low, but pricing it too high carries risks as well. If you’re wondering how to price your home for sale, keep reading. Here are our top tips on pricing it right to sell for the max, based on our years of experience in apartment sales! How to price your home for sale – the basics The price you list your apartment for is a determining factor of the time your property takes to sell. To strike the perfect balance between the price and the timing is often the greatest challenge for property sellers. If you price your apartment incorrectly, it might languish on the market for a long time! This might happen in cases where: You price it higher than it was valued at the previous year without any formal evidence of market growth. You want to receive more than you owe on the property, and ultimately, more than it is worth. You choose the pricing compared to other apartments in the vicinity and feel yours should go for more. You compare similar apartments but at different locations. It pays off to find out your home’s current market value as accurately as possible. The fact of the matter is buyers are only prepared to pay today’s market value for your apartment. Many factors influence property prices, but the two major ones are: Rental Demand: This is where more people want to rent in your suburb than there are available properties for rent. Not only does this drive rental prices up, but also property sale prices, because they can command more rent for their owners. Supply and demand: Sales demand occurs if there is a high demand for your area and your type of property, and fewer properties are available for sale. There are likely to be more buyers than sellers in this case; hence, a high sales demand which in turn drives prices up and vice versa. You need to accurately determine both, and to do so you must thoroughly research the market conditions of your suburb. The newspaper or real estate listed prices might be misleading since they don’t offer all the information you need to set a proper price. Usually, they contain only 20% of the information you need to price your home for the best result. The prices might not be accurate, and you end up falling into the same hole of mispricing. How to Price your Home for Sale in 4 Steps Step 1: Research Sales Demand There are many data sources you can use to determine the market conditions of your suburb. Some are free and readily available, while others are available for a fee, but can be an excellent investment. This may include specific sales records for your complex. You can consider starting by consulting some of the following sources: Property Value – Property value is part of the ‘CoreLogic’ company but tailored for the public. This site provides many similar reports to APM (Australian Property Monitors), and it also integrates maps for a view of your area when pricing comparable properties. Local and Regional newspapers – There is a real estate section in most newspapers, and many have apartment sections. They list all the recent sales results for the area or suburb. This up-to-the-minute data can take up to three months to reflect in official databanks, many of which require payment to access, and is of great value. Australian Property Monitors – This site features a ‘Home Price Guide’ section for sellers. You can view price history by street, the postcodes, current price estimates, a 10-year price trend, and even a price forecast for your property. You might also consider researching some properties on the market that are similar to yours in terms of location, features and presentation. Take interest in: Their pricing now. The price when they first listed. Their duration on the market. What interest levels the buyers have and what offers, if any, have been made. The marketing strategy used. If you still need more information, you can even call the real estate agents in charge of the properties for more information. You could even take the time to inspect some of them. Step 2: Research Rental Demand Rental vacancy rates for a suburb or complex is what indicates how much demand there is in an area. However, proper research should be done, and accurate data analysed before settling on your selling price. This is how rental demand can impact property prices within your area although there could be other factors at play: High demand: When the rental demand is high, the properties rent within one week. The greater the competition for your kind of property, the higher the price people are willing to spend on it. In this case, your apartment can definitely be priced high. Medium demand: When there is medium rental demand, the properties rent within four weeks. You can expect a timely sale if you list your property at market value. This means the price must be just right for your kind of property. Low demand: This is where properties take more than four weeks to rent. You risk your apartment sitting on the market for a long time if you price it even slightly above market value. It usually even goes slightly below, just to attract more people. To get more information, call three real estate offices in your area. Ask them about the availability of rentals and demand for your type of property. The data you gather will give you a rough idea of where your property stands and offers a starting point for talking marketing with your agent. It is ideal to price your home within 10% of its market value as indicated by the data. Step 3: Seek Advice After doing your research and getting a rough idea of what your property might be worth, it’s advisable to hear what other people have to say. Approach people who are experienced in real estate, professional or otherwise! Get an independent valuation of your apartment to help you make your final decision on price. Take in suggestions about what might enhance your property to increase its value. If using an agent, ask them to complete a comparative market analysis for your property. In it, the agent should show the price range in which they believe the property falls. Encourage them to back up their data with evidence just to be on the safe side. Step 4: Make a Decision After all is said and done – and no matter what anyone tells you – your sale price is up to you. You alone decide the price you want to go to the market with. However, it’s of utmost importance to take into consideration the results of your research and the professional advice given. If you choose to ignore these findings in favour of your ideal price, you risk losing money and time before you make a sale. Don’t just hope for the best basing your price on luck! Several factors contribute to this. They include: A freshly marketed property attracts peak interest. It’s at this stage you can take advantage, and with the right pricing, make a quick sale. If your price is unreasonable from the outset, you scare buyers away and waste significant marketing dollars. Your property takes more time on the market at the risk of losing value. If you miss out on a sale in the early stages, you will most likely need to reduce your price. This leads to spending more time and money on marketing to make buyers aware of the change. There are buyers eagerly waiting to own an apartment just like yours right now, for the right price. So, if your price reflects today’s fair market value, you can expect competition for your home. If you price your apartment at the right market value, you need to add as much extra value to it as you can to give it the upper hand over the competition. If priced more than 10% above market value, most buyers are likely to pass it by, fearful of paying too much. Eventually, your apartment will sell, but only after buyers exhaust all other cheaper options or feel the urgency and competition to do so. The trick is to sell your property as quickly as possible. When similar properties at more affordable prices come up for sale, there is a real risk your property will sit on the market for a very long time. Still not sure how to price your home for sale? We can help? Do you need assistance with pricing your apartment right for the best possible sales outcome? The team at Amazing Apartments is here to help – we specialise in helping you sell your apartment to the right buyer, at the right price.

Aug 10, 2020

Preparing Property For Sale

When it comes to preparing your apartment for sale, first impressions are everything. Thorough preparation ensures your property stands out from the competition, sells fast and for the best price – without too much hassle to you. In this article, we’ll cover how to add the most value to your property in the least amount of time, and with minimal outlay. The combined effect of many small things is what will have a dramatic effect on your sales price. What is apartment staging? Apartment staging is another word for preparing the property for sale. It’s like dressing your home for the sale, to ensure it appeals to the widest and biggest pool of potential buyers. Staging (also known as property styling or property presentation) is the art of setting up your home to look its finest. In all simplicity, it’s minimising any flaws and emphasising its best attributes. Now, you could engage a professional to do this for a fee. However, it is something you can also undertake yourself and save a lot of money – just follow along the steps detailed in this article. The main purpose is to get the buyer to imagine themselves living in the apartment, creating a sense of urgency about making an offer before they miss out. It’s a fact that staged properties bring in about 15% more revenue than those that aren’t. And what’s more – well-showcased properties sell 84% faster than those that aren’t! Apartment staging: a step-by-step guide There’s a lot more involved in preparing the property for sale than simply cleaning your apartment. Here are some other must-have components in your apartment staging to process, you can follow along step-by-step. 1. De-clutter  This is the removal of your personal belongings from the viewer’s sight, so the buyers can visualise their own belongings in your home. The normal clutter of a lived-in home makes a place feel unnecessarily busy and small. Remove family photos and sentimental trinkets, as well as other bits and pieces, as much as possible – at least 50%. 2. Clean Cleaning is obviously a necessity during your sale, especially just before inspections. Your home should be spotlessly clean so it’s inviting to buyers. Dust, grime, stains, slime and spillages are some of the major turnoffs. 3. Re-arrange, remove and/or replace furniture  If your furniture is presentable, stylish and fits well within the room, then it will automatically give the room a welcoming feel. If not, you have the option of renting suitable furniture to improve the look of the rooms. The key is to choose appropriate pieces and arrange them to give each room a stylish and welcoming feel. 4. Optimise the space By optimising the space, even smaller apartments can present areas with specialised functions. One can easily create extra living areas, such as a home office or a study, without having to knock down any walls. To achieve this, take out any unnecessary furniture and fixtures. Optimising the space in this way helps the buyer visualise the potential. In short, turn unusable spaces into usable spaces by giving them a purpose! 5. Accessorise  The right accessories can add to the warmth and appeal of your home. Think cushions in modern colours and textures, contemporary bedding, or an elegant table setting.  Neutral tones are the easiest to work with but do add some splashes of colour and texture with your soft furnishings. Theme rooms with one accent colour to keep it simple yet stylish. 6. Light it up Feature natural light as much as possible – open the curtains, blinds or window coverings to let it in. Natural light gives the room a fresh and airy atmosphere. Although artificial lighting can be used to enhance the interiors, it can sometimes leave a gloomy impression. Fluorescent lights especially can seem alienating. Downlights, lamps and studio lighting are better for creating a warm feel. Make sure every bedroom has at least one, if not two, bedside lamps. These will frame the bed in photos, and send light upwards on the main wall, brightening the whole room. 7. Air it out It’s essential to air out the entire apartment before an inspection. Poorly ventilated apartments will smell stuffy and have an unwelcome feel to them. Air the apartment daily, or at least several hours before an inspection. You could also burn lightly scented candles just before showing the home to give additional fragrance. However, avoid using pungent incense sticks as they can alienate buyers with their overpowering scent. 8. Organise  You should have the contents of your walk-in wardrobe, drawers and pantry neatly arranged. Some buyers are nosy enough to want to look inside, partly to ensure a lack of wear or damage, but also to ensure there is enough room for their stuff. A well-organised home gives an impression of space. 9. Leave your home  Buyers want to feel comfortable when it comes to asking questions and thoroughly inspecting the home. Interested parties may not feel at ease discussing their interest in the property if the seller is within earshot. It’s an emotional time for both sellers and buyers, so it’s best for all if you are not present when inspections are being conducted. What about repairs? Before listing your apartment for sale, ensure all obvious and critical repair work is complete. The fact is, the more faults buyers find, the greater their bargaining position. Or, even worse, they may run a mile if there are too many repairs required. A poorly kept home gives the buyer a bad first impression, which is normally imprinted in their mind within the first eight seconds. Convincing them otherwise will be almost impossible. The only exception would be if the apartment is being marketed and sold as a “renovator’s delight”. This is typically when the location or view is the most attractive element of the property. ‘Repair or Replace’ Checklist Floors and ceiling – address any cracks. Bathroom and kitchen fittings – repair or replace old or worn taps, handles, towel rails and toilet roll holders. Lighting and ventilation – ensure all lights have working bulbs and fans and air conditioning units are cleaned. Doors and windows – ensure they open and close freely, and that any insect screens are clean and dust-free. Freshen up your paint. You can’t alter the paint on common property in your complex, however, you have full control within the internal areas, so make it shine! If all the above checkboxes are ticked, and the apartment is well kept, then you can easily justify pricing your property at the top of its value. Other things to consider when preparing the property for sale Dogs and pets Unusual or weird pets, such as snakes, spiders or rats, might not make the desired impression to most buyers – send them on a holiday while you are selling. Dogs are also best kept off the premises during an inspection, just in case the buyer inspecting is allergic or does not like dogs or pets in general. Cat or dog fur on the furniture or around the home is also a big turn-off. The stink factor Nobody wants a smelly home. This can be the easiest and swiftest way to get rid of a potential buyer. Blocked drains, smelly bathrooms, stale cigarette smoke permeating the furniture and curtains, overpowering food smells in the kitchen, mildew, staleness and dust… These are just a few of the unwanted smells in the home. Spraying the whole home with a fancy deodorant won’t do it, either. If a pet spoils a rug or carpet, or there is a lingering smell you can’t seem to get rid of, it’s vital to deal with it. Trust us, it will turn buyers off your property. White Walls For any repainting done on your home before selling, seriously consider sticking with white or another neutral colour. This creates a sense of spaciousness and light; the two most desirable factors buyers seek in a home. Welcoming Touches Fresh flowers, ventilation, light and good smells are simple details that matter quite a lot in home staging. Such things make buyers want to linger and imagine themselves living there. It also helps in creating a good first impression that might very well influence the buyer to invest in your apartment. Check Regularly Regular and critical check-ups on the presentation of your apartment are vital to see everything is in place for as long as it is on the market. Although maintaining the look of the apartment might be tiresome, imagine the feeling when it sells faster, at or above your goal price! Step-by-step apartment staging checklist When preparing the property for sale, no area should be ignored. This step by step home-staging guide will help you get the best possible result for a minor outlay. Different buyers have different tastes, wants and needs, but there are certain universal elements you can’t go wrong with. We’ll take you through each section step-by-step with a checklist to ensure all grounds are covered for the best possible results. This is also what any professional would do. Balcony If your apartment has a balcony, you must ensure that it becomes one of the key selling points by presenting it at its absolute best. Make it look and feel comfortable with the use of appropriate furniture. Create a cosy vibe by incorporating art pieces, wall hangings and textured cushions. Show off your BBQ, heater, and/or a Chiminea. Entry Foyer This is the introduction to your apartment and it’s what the prospective buyer will experience in the first few moments before they enter. The foyer is also the place where you can influence the first impression of the inspection. You have limited control of the overall appearance of the complex, but you can control the light, cleanliness and aromas in the foyer right outside your door. Use this control wisely and make that first impression a lasting and inviting one! Ensure the lift is spotless. Give the foyer carpet a quick vacuum if needed (don’t wait for the building managers or cleaners to do this). Check your entry door is in good condition, clean and opens easily. Clear all clutter from your foyer. This gives the impression of a clean, well-maintained space. Ensure any entrance lights have new bulbs and are in good working order. This is a Body Corporate responsibility, so get onto this well before your open house or inspection is due. Take a deep breath in and make sure that the foyer has a fresh, clean and pleasant smell. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the corners of the foyer if needed. Living area This is the area where your buyers will imagine themselves and their belongings. It should be fresh and inviting, encouraging enjoyment and relaxation with loved ones. Check that the furniture, cushions, throw rugs and paintings are appropriate and fit the current trend. Don’t add too much of your own personal touch! Remember, if your furniture is worn out or not so on-trend, you can always cover it with neutral fabric covers, or even rent new furniture for a short time. Clear away personal belongings like photos, family portraits, magazines and newspapers. Pack up your CD and DVD collection. Encourage interaction using furniture placement to promote conversation. Paint the walls in neutral colours to open up the space and brighten the room. ‘Lift’ the area with stylish throw rugs, textured cushions and interesting artwork. You can add or remove floor rugs to either give colour or open up the area. Clear unnecessary furniture that crowds the room. Kitchen There’s nothing worse than an unclean kitchen. Untidy spots tend to show disorganisation and give the impression of a dysfunctional kitchen. Make sure the kitchen is clean and healthy-looking. This allows the buyers to imagine themselves preparing and enjoying meals together with their loved ones! De-clutter the entire kitchen – if you haven’t used it in the last 12 months, get rid of it! Clear benchtops to allow for working space. Store away appliances like the toaster, blender, juicer, mixer etc. in cupboards to make your kitchen look bigger. Organised and tidy up the drawers. Use commercial quality cleaning products and detergents so that all surfaces shine and sinks and taps sparkle. Ensure the handles are stylish and match. Ensure there is ample and attractive quality lighting in the room. Replace or repair existing light fittings if necessary. Have a simple dining table set up, or even bar stools to give buyers an easy casual dining option. Clean the inside and the casing of the refrigerator, the dishwasher, cooker and any other equipment in the room. Make sure the cooktop and surrounding areas sparkle and shine. Don’t forget to clean the range hood! Place filters in the dishwasher and ensure the light and fan works. Bathroom and Toilet This is the most sensitive area and needs special attention. Some of the things to consider include: Use commercial and quality cleaning products to remove scum stuck around the bathtub and any mould on the walls. Ensure your shower is scrubbed clean, using a de-scaling solution on the glass and door frame, hinges and tapware if necessary. To preserve the life of your shower, refrain from using cakes of soap and go for gels or soap-free liquids instead. Wipe it dry with a cloth or squeegee after each use and you’ll prevent build up on the screens and mould from forming in the grout between the tiles. If the grout is unable to be cleaned, there are companies who will come and grind out the old grout and replace it with fresh grout. Give this serious consideration as it will make a difference to the smell and look of the shower. If there are cracks in any bathroom glass or mirrors, make sure you have them replaced. Remove the washing basket and store it out of sight. Ensure the toilet is clean, the seat and lid are down, and a new white toilet roll is placed in the holder. Pack away toilet brushes and mats. Ensure all bathroom products are hidden away and place some simple accessories on the vanity. Lastly, display fresh towels and if appropriate to the space, add a plant or scented candles. Bedroom The bedrooms should give a feeling of peace and comfort upon entry. A neutral, spacious and airy effect is what you should aim for. If repainting, soft neutral tones are your safest bet. Make the beds with clean, fresh and crisp bedding. Stick to neutral or white bed linen, but add a pop of colour with throws, pillows and cushions. Don’t be afraid of using lots of pillows of different sizes – European pillows, standard pillows with cushions is not too many. Keep your wardrobes, shelving and drawers tidy and de-cluttered. Remove excess furniture. Where possible bedrooms should have beds, bedside tables and not much else unless the room is oversize and can carry it. Freshen up the curtains – a professional steam clean may be the best option here. Fix any broken blinds, keep windowsills clean and all soft furnishings smelling fresh. Laundry Room It can be easy to forget and neglect the laundry room. Don’t leave dirty washing lying around or wet washing in the machine on a hot day! Have the laundry room well-lit and bright. Clean the outside of the washing machine and dryer – ensure there is no build-up of lint or dust on walls or in corners. Polish the tub. Pack the ironing board away. Put away any washing. Ready to prepare your property for sale? Everybody wants a good looking and well-maintained home. An apartment that looks good will sell faster and at a higher price than one that is not well maintained. Cleanliness will go a long way in encouraging potential buyers to consider calling your apartment home. With these points in mind, preparing the property for sale is completely possible to do on your own. We hope this helps you in staging your home and achieving the highest price with minimal stress! However, if you are looking for help with selling your apartment, our specialist team will find you the right buyer, for the right price. Contact Amazing Apartments today for more information.