First impressions are positive and knowing when it’s the right time to sell are a few things you need to consider in order to get that best price in the competitive market.

Here are some few simple but effective tips to help you get your property ready for sale.

First impressions count

Interior designer Christo Koegelenberg advises that you should make sure that outside of your home is clean and well kept, and that there are no visible cracks in the paint.

“Even the front door can be a deciding factor when buying a home,” says Koegelenberg, who has worked with Romney Park Luxury Apartments.

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“The entrance to your home immediately sets the tone for the potential buyer when looking at the rest of the property. Keep it looking beautiful and you literally won’t be able to keep them from wanting to walk right in and see what else is looking that good.”

 Know where your presale repairs need to be made

Enlisting a professional service to do an inspection will help uncover any problems you may not be aware of.

Petrick Fourie from Chas Everitt property group explains the inspection will put any concerns of potential buyers to rest about latent defects, and give them the assurance that there are no nasty surprises awaiting them.

Ensure your building plans are up to date and approved

“Many home-owners don’t realise how important this is, because if a potential buyer discovers that improvements were done off plan or not officially approved, it could mean a sale lost, as it could cause issues for the new home-owner further down the line,” explains Fourie.

when is the right time of the year to sell a property

Exactly when in the year you sell your property might seem irrelevant but it can be an important factor to consider.

Another way to look at when is the right time to sell is to establish if it is a buyers’ or sellers’ market. “The Atlantic Seaboard has always been a top choice for investors and families seeking a cosmopolitan, seaside lifestyle,” says Fourie. “Residential sales in this area have been on a steady increase in numbers and value over the past 10 years.”

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When listing your property for sale, do your research and choose the right estate agent that knows the neighbourhood and has experience selling properties at the best price in that market.

Susan Versfeld from the sales and management team at Romney Park Luxury Apartments says having your home show-ready is the last, but very important step.

Make sure it’s clutter-free and clean, make it look beautiful and welcoming with some vases of fresh-cut flowers, for instance, and it never hurts to use the smell of baking biscuits or freshly brewed coffee to seal the deal.