Struggling to sell ? Try this…

Struggling to sell ? Try this...

Properties are languishing on the market as buyers remain cautious - but there are things sellers can do to get the best possible price according to SA's largest mortgage originator.

. Careen Mckinon, Provincial Sales Manager Western Cape, said home sellers have to be ultra savvy these days. Here are ooba's top tips to make your home as appealing as possible without breaking the bank.

1) Start with a great impression

Your front door is the first thing a buyer will notice. Make sure it's a smart, gentle colour and in good condition. If there is space, flower pots next to the front door make for an inviting entrance.

2) And follow it through to the entrance

Ensure your hallway says "welcome". It's a good idea to have a console table, a mirror, a lamp and a nice piece of art.

3) Light up, light up

Gloomy, dark houses are a big turn off. Make sure your house is as bright as it can be. Cut trees and bushes that may obstruct light from the outside and add new lamps inside if more light it needed.

4) Space man

Make sure your furniture fits the space. Buyers will think "small" if your furniture is oversized or battle to see what a space can be used for if it's empty. To make the best use of a space, select furniture that will fill gaps purposefully.

5) Atmosphere

Creating an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication makes buyers feel they are looking at something special. Ambient lighting, books, accessories, artwork and scented candles creates the right atmosphere.

6) Calm the colour

If you have very loud walls, think of repainting them: pale creams and greys and warm stone hues work well and create a neutral palette for the next owner.

7) Petal Power

Flowers are an easy and cheap way to freshen up a house. Placing a couple of vases of flowers around the home adds a real sense of style and will brighten any room.

8) Declutter, Declutter

Toys, laundry, old magazines and other items should all be tidied away. Clutter makes spaces look smaller - and a home messy and is a big buyer repellant.

9) Sparkling powder rooms

Tacky bathrooms make peoples' skin crawl. They can easily be spruced up with new mirror above the basin, fresh towels, and accessories such as hand soaps and creams. And make sure they are spotless on show day. Spotless.

Hello ooba news

In 2013, South Africa saw slow but steady recovery in the property market, paving the way for greater growth in the year to come.

 

Properties are languishing on the market as buyers remain cautious - but there are things sellers can do to get the best possible price according to SA's largest mortgage originator. Careen Mckinon, Provincial Sales Manager Western Cape at ooba, said home sellers have to be ultra savvy these days. Here are ooba's top tips to make your home as appealing as possible without breaking the bank.

The latest 'oobarometer' price index, first launched by ooba (formerly MortgageSA) in July this year, showed that average house prices have risen 3.4% in the month of September 2008, year on year.