How to Nail Your Open Home

Open homes are a hugely important part of the process of selling your home. Hosting an open home is a little like dating a stranger. As a seller, you want to put the best possible spin on yourself and your assets, hoping to entice the other party into a second date. You don’t want any old buyer, after all. You want ‘the one’ who is going to love your home the way you love it and pay a premium to have it.

Opening a home for potential buyers to stomp through is like the crucial first face-to-face encounter after online dating. People have seen your pretty profile picture online, that artfully styled selfie with special lighting and an Instagram-approved beauty filter, and narrowed down the field to a list of “maybes” based on their preferred criteria.

But now, they’re about to get up close and personal with the real thing. What if the potential buyer takes one look at your lovely-but-maybe-slightly-run-down home, puts it in reverse and heads straight back out? What if all they see are the tiny flaws, like a bathroom that’s too small, instead of the potential for a true dream house?

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A Bond for Landlords…Outrageous, or Ingenious?

It’s the one word that has the power to make any tenant squeamish and reduce even the most fearless to tears when it comes close to vacate time…bonds. That one word can signify the difference between being reimbursed a month’s worth of rent or never laying eyes on it again, and bond refunding is (unfortunately for both sides of the equation) still an extremely prevalent issue. Continue reading

Spring garden tips to improve your home’s value

Maybe it’s just us, but it has felt like a loooong winter. However, the sun is out today, a brace of long weekends is fast approaching and it’s time to get cracking on your garden.

It’s no secret that a well-landscaped garden can improve your property’s value. Plants are proven to lower stress levels and improve concentrations in the workplace, so it’s no wonder that gardens are something people are attracted to when buying property.

In fact, a study from the Michigan State University found that homeowners received a 109% return on their landscaping investments, improving sale prices by 5 – 11%.

So how do you best harness this good-vibes power? Here are 5 things you can do in your garden this weekend:

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