FAQs

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How often are Open Homes?

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Often we’ll try to run two open homes each week for the life of a campaign (Saturdays and Mid-Week). We usually try to kick off the first Open Home on a Saturday to drum up a lot of initial interest and then conduct a subsequent afternoon session mid-week.

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What do I do with my pets during the open home?

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Generally we request you take pets away with you. Sometimes buyers may not feel comfortable with certain animals and it can be a deterrent from the family feel they get when entering your home. It can be a great time to take your dog for a walk.

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How long will it take to get my house on the market? From now… to your first open home.

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But if you’re not in a rush, 2 weeks is an easily manageable timeframe.

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How much is the Building, Pest and Energy report? And who pays for it? 

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The building report is usually around $1000. It is paid by you and reimbursed from the buyer upon the final purchase. However you can defer this payment if needed.

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What appliances/furniture/fittings remain after the sale?

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In a typical sale, you are selling all curtains, fixed flooring and light fittings. Appliances that normally stay are air conditioners, heaters and dishwashers. If you’re selling a unit, you might leave the dryer if there is no other means to dry clothes.

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How will I know what offers are made? And do I have to choose the highest offer?

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As a licensed real estate agent, we are required by law to inform you of all offers made on your property. We will then advise you on whether we think you should accept an offer, but it is entirely up to you to make the final decision.

The exception of course is when your property is sold under auction conditions.

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Should I paint my house, change the carpet or landscape before selling?

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Generally speaking, if the house needs painting, yes and a neutral colour is a good idea. Changing the carpet can be a costly exercise and so generally we would recommend you leave it for the buyer, then they can choose colour and quality.

Landscaping can also be costly but the first impressions are important. There are some low cost ways to improve the garden without blowing the budget. Fresh lawn and mulch can make a huge difference.