your home look like a show case!
you stay in a apartment or duplex/simplex, consider storing unnecessary
goods, those you never use but do not want to dispose of, at friends
or family. One concern among buyers is space. Create space. You
will be surprised to how much extra space you can create by re-arranging
your furniture. It might not be as practical as it use to be,
but for two to four months your home is not supposed to be practical
but a show case to potential buyers.
your home look and smell fresh. Arrange fresh flowers when people
come to see your home. You can even add some colour to your garden.
Plant flowers like Petunias, Pansies or "magrietjies".
They flower regularly in summer.
tiles and doors make a home look neglected. Replace broken tiles,
doors and windows. Spending R2000.00 replacing such items might
just get you R10000.00 more into your pocket. Do not overspend.
Look at what you can get for your home and how much profit you
want to make. If you have to hire somebody to do your repair work,
it sometimes might be cheaper to give the buyer some discount
and sell the property as it is.
counter-top items in the kitchen which are not frequently used
inside a cupboard. This will create more SPACE.
harsh as it may sound, clean the garage and pack everything neatly.
Allow enough space for the potential home buyer to visualize his
new car in the garage. Consider storing unnecessary items at friends
the outside, replace missing or broken slats in the fence. Replace
broken hinges and repaint rusted or stained gates. Mow the lawn,
trim the edges and remove dead plants or trees. Water the lawn
so that they can be as green as they never been. Clean the paving
and try to remove oil stains from the driveway as well as the
all boils down to "Spring clean your home and make it look
on selling your home in your private capacity
estate agents to list you property. Do not sign a "Sole Mandate"
form at an estate agent. Signing a sole mandate will mean only
one agent will market your property. If you let all interested
agents list your property, you have several persons marketing
your property. If you allow agents to list your property, let
then understand clearly that you are also selling it privately
and that you will allow other agents to list it.
will ad 7-10% to your price. Thus you can advertise your property
for less than their price. Having estate agents list you property
will increase your property's exposure.
you want to sell your property privately, advertise. If you do
not advertise, nobody will know that you want to sell your property.
must obtain a electrical certificate from a qualified electrician
before you can sell your home.
a buyer decide to buy your home, the first step will be to get
him to sign a "agreement of sale and purchase".
A good idea is to contact the lawyer who will handle the transfer
and ask his advice. Most of them might give you a agreement
of sale and purchase for free since it means business to them.
NOT spend money on your new property until your lawyer received
a letter from the buyer's bank which confirm that the buyer's
lone had been approved. It often happen that a buyer's loan gets
rejected and then your transaction might get cancelled. Do not
take anybody's word for the approval of the loan, insist on a
letter from the buyer's financial institution.
as seller are entitled by law to make use of the lawyer of your
choice to handle the transfer. If you buy in the same town or
city, it could be a good idea to use the same lawyer as the one
who is handling the transfer of the home your buying. This will
mean that the paperwork do not have to be transferred from one
attorney to the other. This safes time and might also help on
getting discount on legal fees.
the agreement form, the date of occupation will normally be "date
of registration" (if not agreed otherwise). Make the occupation
rental an amount which you too can afford. It might happen that
your new home is not ready in time and then you have to rent your
property from the new owner. This rent is normally about 10% of
the purchase price.