7 Essential Things to Consider When Selling Your Brisbane Apartment

7 Essential Things to Consider When Selling Your Brisbane Apartment

7 Essential Things to Consider When Selling Your Brisbane Apartment

Article by Stephen Pahl

So you’re thinking about selling your apartment. How exciting! Whether you’re moving for investment purposes or upgrading to a bigger home, the process of selling your apartment can become tricky if you’re not prepared. If you’ve never put a property on the market, the process of selling can become daunting. So I’ve organised seven essential things to consider when preparing to sell your Inner Brisbane City Apartment.

1. Make lists

Although apartments seem like a smaller and more manageable version of real estate than houses, you’d be surprised at how many people underestimate the number of things which need to be completed and how long they’ll take. This can definitely throw a spanner in the works when selling apartments, so it’s important to be on top of all your tasks from the get-go. But how do you ensure you’re prepared for listing? Make lists! Lots of lists! And when making those lists, ensure you consider everything down to the last detail, this will help you map out a realistic timeline for each of the items on your to-do list.

7 Essential Things to Consider When Selling Your Brisbane Apartment

2. Make it look effortless

Think about when you last viewed an apartment or house you were considering buying – what caught your eye?

I always check the big things. For example, I check to make sure all of the big ticket items are in working order, if there is any noticeable damage we’ll need to fix up, and I also look out for anything which may require extra maintenance.

Buyers look at these things because they can potentially use these flaws to negotiate a lower price. Buyers will also take into consideration how much money future repairs may cost if they cannot get a lower price, and how long the repairs will take to fix if they need to conduct maintenance. However, the majority of homeowners will want something they can walk straight into and build a home. So if you’re preparing to sell your apartment, ensure you’ve conducted all of the necessary maintenance, repairs and paint touch-ups before inspection.

3. Remove excess furniture and belongings

While cleaning, take note of any excess furniture and belongings and remove them from the property while inspections are taking place. Not only will this make your apartment look bigger by opening up extra space, but it will also allow buyers to imagine themselves, and their belongings in the apartment.

7 Essential Things to Consider When Selling Your Brisbane Apartment

4. Eliminate odours

There is nothing worse than an unfortunate odour in a house you’re inspecting. You always end up imagining where those odours have originated from and how hard they will be to get rid of, so beat the buyers to the chase and get rid of smells before inspection!

5. Staging

While staging is not a universal fix for all apartments sales, it can help if your furniture is a little dated. Often selling a property includes not only decluttering but depersonalising. This means photos, personal details and any divisive artwork needs to be removed from the property. When selling a property, it’s essential to appeal to the masses and highlight the property’s features, and for many of us, that is not a natural talent. Furthermore, homeowners may find it hard to detach and be objective enough to remove all items necessary to appeal to a mass market. Staging can be a significant investment to help you sell your property and in some cases, can even add value to the property.

7 Essential Things to Consider When Selling Your Brisbane Apartment

6. Outsource if you don’t have time

Are you selling with short notice? Can’t find enough hours in the day to tick everything off your to-do list? Outsource the tedious tasks of cleaning, maintenance and styling! In the property market, it’s better to be over prepared than underprepared, because you never know what property the buyers have seen before yours.

7. Keep your apartment in showing condition

While your apartment is on the market, maximise your sales opportunities by ensuring your property is in showing condition. This means keeping the mess to an absolute minimum and being prepared for any ‘last minute’ inspections.

If you are looking to sell your Inner Brisbane City apartment contact Stephen Pahl today. Stephen is an expert in the industry with years of experience in Brisbane real estate and is passionate about achieving the dream price for his clients.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of RE/MAX Profile Real Estate, the Global RE/MAX network or its agents.

Tips for Selling your Brisbane Inner City Apartment in 2018

Tips for Selling your Brisbane Inner City Apartment in 2018

Tips for Selling your Brisbane Inner City Apartment in 2018

Article by Stephen Pahl

Selling your apartment can be a stressful process. If you are unsure of which steps to take when preparing your apartment for sale, then stress no more, because I have compiled some simple and practical tips for selling your Brisbane Inner City apartment.

1. Be prepared & make a plan

Being prepared is essential when selling your apartment, so ensure you are organised and make a plan before the process begins. Having a plan will not only save you endless stress, but it will also help you set up for success. The first step is to declutter your apartment. During this period, you’ll also want to conduct any necessary maintenance on the property. Another great tip is to start researching real estate agents along with the market and the positioning of your area. Once you’ve finished your research, compile your notes and make a plan for the sale of your apartment.

2. Staging your home for success

Staging your home correctly can have an incredible impact on potential buyers. To make a memorable first impression, furnish and/or decorate your apartment with the intention of how you would like to view an open house. For example, a clean, tidy and trendy environment will ensure potential buyers will feel welcomed, comfortable and joyful. Some other things to think about when staging your apartment include:

  • Highlighting room features
  • Adding mirrors to create the illusion of more space
  • Making the most of any outdoor space
  • Where possible adding bold features
  • Creating more space wherever possible
  • Using virtual furniture in photos if staging is not an option

You’ve now done most of the groundwork in preparing your home; however, the next step is choosing an agent to help sell your home. As an experienced RE/MAX agent in Brisbane, I can view your property and suggest ways to improve it for sale.

Tips for Selling your Brisbane Inner City Apartment in 2018

3. Choose your agent wisely

There are many benefits to having an agent help you sell your apartment. However, the most important step to take when preparing your apartment for sale is taking the time to choose the perfect agent for you. Finding a professional agent who values your opinions and has your best interests in mind can be difficult. Be careful and look for the signs of a desperate agent.

When choosing your agent, keep the following in mind to ensure you hire the right person to sell your apartment.

 

  • Check their license to sell your property. Every agent should have an up-to-date license for the state they are selling in.
  • Research your agent’s success rate of sales in your local area.
  • Meet with them first to engage with their personality. If they seem to ‘salesy’ and pushy, then you probably want to steer clear from them. If you feel comfortable with your agent and you feel they want the best result for you, then they’re probably the right choice.
  • Check their market knowledge – they should be able to provide you with thorough research and reports on the current market which will guide you in the sales and marketing process.
  • Ask if they are continually upskilling with training programmes.
  • Confirm they work with an agency with years of experience.

 

4. Choosing the right method of sale

Choosing the right method of sale for your apartment can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced agent by your side. An agent will help you decide which sale option will help you achieve a premium sale price.

Although each property is unique, and can potentially be successfully sold by either private sale or auction, there are many case studies which prove how auctions can benefit the seller and the buyer. That’s why it’s a smart move to discuss with your agent about all available options when choosing the right method of sale for your Brisbane Inner City apartment.

Tips for Selling your Brisbane Inner City Apartment in 2018

5. Trust your agent and the process

The next steps in the selling process include agreeing on the conditions of sale with your agent, preparing the vendors statement, marketing your property, open home inspections, the sale of your home and then finally, settling. Although this process may seem long and tiring, the best thing to do is trust your agent through the process. Their focus is on guiding you through the sales process which can lower your stress levels and will ensure the sale of your apartment is smooth sailing.

If you’re looking to sell your Brisbane Inner City apartment, contact Stephen Pahl today. Stephen is an expert in the industry with years of experience in Brisbane real estate and is passionate about achieving the dream price for his clients.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of RE/MAX Profile Real Estate, the Global RE/MAX network or its agents.