Best for Home Owners

Day: June 6, 2020

Preparing your property for an autumn sale

Autumn is a great time to sell. Buyers have well and truly settled into the year, most people are back at work, kids are in their school routine and those who’ve made a new year’s resolution to buy a new home, are eager and ready to home hunt. But as the weather starts to shift, how do you make the most of your property to help buyers fall in love with it?

Here are 7 jobs to ensure your home is ready rain, hail or shine.

Create autumn curb appeal

This step is important no matter what time of year you’re selling. Why? Because potential buyers often do a ‘drive past’ a property before they come in for an inspection – they are seeing if the property looks good and worth their time. This means that first impressions are critical and this starts at the curb.

Check gutters and drainage

If you’re surrounded by deciduous trees you’d know that this time of year your gutters start to fill up with dead leaves. Buyers don’t want to see a roof line overflowing as it gives the impression the home is unloved.

It’s a good idea to get a professional to help you here to clean the gutters and make sure there are no drainage issues. As autumn can bring heavy rain, you don’t want to have to deal with damp or mould issues during open homes.

Check your roof

It’s probably best to get an expert to help you with this job as it can be dangerous. But getting up and checking that the tiles on the roof are all in good condition and not damaged is an important job to do before you open your home for inspections. In most cases, serious buyers will organize for a property inspection to be carried out and if the report highlights issues with the roof it may turn buyers off.

If you have any broken tiles get them fixed by an expert as leaving them can result in more extensive damage to your property especially if water gets in. Also ask the roofer to check the seals around vents and chimneys are not worn out and if they are seal them up.

Tidy up the garden

Much of Australia has been hit by extreme heat over summer, so if your garden has been depleted of water and is looking a bit worse for wear, spend some time giving it love. Water the lawn each day or every second day leading up to the inspections (just make sure you comply with water restriction laws), remove any dead or dying plants and replace with fresh flowering autumn plants. Rake up any leaves and trim larger bushes and shrubs.

If you own a pool make sure there are no leaves floating around and ensure there are none stuck at the bottom of the pool – you want future buyers to feel the pool is going to be super easy to look after and keep clean.

Check heating systems

Make sure your home feels warm and inviting when buyers are inspecting it, you want buyers to see that it stands up to the cold but not steaming hot. Put your heating on a timer so it switches on an hour before they arrive. If it’s cold and you have a fire place or a gas fire ensure these are lit just before the agent arrives. The flickering of a fire can totally change the atmosphere of a room.

Some additional ways to ensure your home feels warm is to ensure there are no cracks around doors and windows and fill in any cracks. Watch out for any older windows as these are the worst offenders for letting in drafts. So spend an hour or so checking and fixing these before the first open for inspection.


As the days get shorter and the sun drops down to a lower angle, you’ll need to rely on your internal lights to create the feeling of light and space.

Pull back all the blinds, open the shutters and ensure all curtains are open. Turn on every light in the house, including table lamps and if you have a dark room consider adding spotlights behind furniture.

Bring the season indoors

Autumn is a favorite season for many, so embrace the season and add subtle reminders of autumn around your home to make it seem more inviting. If your home has a fireplace, have a low burning fire during the open home can help to create an inviting autumn atmosphere. Potential buyers will love to envisage themselves lounging by the fire after a long day.

Consider adding a small decorative bowl of branches, berries or even mini pumpkins around the living room as it can give a fresh and subtle indoor autumn experience. Styling your dining room table with small vases of autumn coloured flowers can help create the right ambience. Plus, add some cozy accessories such as chunky throws, some warm toned cushions in heavier wintery material and scented candles. These touches will all help make your room and home feel more inviting and in theme with the season.

Styling to sell

The tips above are Autumn specific, but for a successful sale it’s essential you spend time styling your whole property. To help you get ready for your upcoming sale, here is our easy to following Styling to Sell infographic that walks you through the eight steps to successful styling to sell. Of course your agent is the best person to talk to here so make sure you ask them what they suggest you focus on as every property is different.

How to avoid getting blacklisted on a rental database

The fear of ending up on the national database of tenants that future landlords use to screen tenant applications is a real concern for many renters

With the rental market becoming increasingly competitive, the last thing a ‘would be tenant’ wants is to be rejected as a result of having a troubled rental history. Good news is it does take a lot for a landlord or property manager to lodge a formal complaint with the tenancy screening services, but just to be sure here are three ways to help keep your name and reputation clean.

Pay your rent on time, every time

When you sign the tenancy agreement, you agree to pay the rent at the agreed instalments, whether that be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You are legally obliged to pay this rent. The property owner relies on this money to pay their management fees, investment mortgage, rates etc. Therefore, if you I don’t pay the rent, the landlord will have to find the shortfall themselves.

Whilst a few late payments here and there probably won’t mean your name has been added to a list, but if you are a consistent offender, or have months of rent owing, you may well find your name has been blacklisted.

The message here – it’s best to pay your full rent on time as agreed in the tenancy agreement. If you have issues paying contact your landlord or property manager immediately to discuss payment options.

Pay to repair any property damage you have caused

Landlords understand that their rental property will suffer from normal wear and tear, or in other words normal deterioration of a property from everyday use. Exposure to the elements, time and day to day living can cause fair wear and tear. Although real estate tenancy laws vary across each state and territory, the industry broadly accepts this definition.

However, damage caused to a property through negligent, irresponsible or intentional actions that cause damage to the premises is a different story and if you as the tenant don’t rectify this you could find yourself on a listing. Here is a look at what is considered damage to a property:

Deliberate Act – means an act carried out without permission but without malice, vindictiveness or spite and with the full knowledge that the action will alter the current state of the property.

Malicious Damage or vandalism – means a wrongful act motivated by malice, vindictiveness or spite with the intention of damaging the property

Accidental Damage – means sudden , unexpected or unforeseen loss to an insured property

At the end of the tenancy ensure all expenses and paid

Some renters, often first time renters, believe they can use their bond money to pay their final few weeks of rent once they give notice. However, this is not the case. The rental bond you paid to the landlord or agent at the start of your tenancy is a form of financial protection in case there’s a breach of the lease agreement. At the end of the tenancy agreement, the property manager will inspect the property and assess its condition against the original condition report. In some cases, the property manager may make a claim against the bond. We buy houses Bigger Equity.

As a tenant you’re required to pay your rent in full and not rely on your rental bond to cover any outstanding payments. Not paying your final rent as per the tenancy agreement, may result in your name being added to the rental database which is not a great way to leave your tenancy.

In a nutshell – Pay your rent on time, don’t damage the property, but if accidents happen pay for any damages to the property that you have caused and make sure all outstanding rents are paid before you move out of the property. Tick all these boxes and your name should stay well away from any national database of bad renters.

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