More Than Just Advertise For Tenants

Your property is a significant investment and the team at Hugh Reilly Real Estate understand the important role such an investment plays in securing your financial future. Our property managers appreciate the need to maximise return on your investment while ensuring the safety and security of your property.

We treat your property investment with as much care and dedication as we do our own. Our experienced and specialised agents attend to every aspect of managing your property, so you can relax, knowing our people are regularly monitoring returns and taking care of the day-to-day management of your property.

  • Peace of mind that your property is being protected, preserved, and maintained
  • The maximum return on your investment
  • High quality tenants
  • High occupancy rates
  • Prompt payments and on-time accounting reports
  • Regular communication
  • Regular inspections & reports
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Preparing Your Home For Sale

They say you only get one shot at making a great first impression, and first impressions count, particularly when selling your home. Here are some simple things you can do to give yourself an advantage in a competitive market.

Small Projects – Outside

No matter how neat and tidy your home is on the inside, street appeal can have a massive impact on a buyer’s decision.

Replace peeling paint on external walls, guttering, and eaves. Clean brickwork with a high-pressure water cleaner. Replace broken or rusty gutters and downpipes. Clean windows and fly-screens; replace screens if necessary.

Gardens should be neatened and lawns well-mown and green if possible. Fences are best painted a dark colour, particularly if tall and in the back yard – a dark fence will blend into the foliage of garden shrubs. Some cheerful, well-kept greenery and colourful potted plants around the front door can add a welcoming touch.

Small Projects – Inside

Repair any damage to walls and ceilings and repaint. Hardware stores are skilled at matching paints, so it’s not always necessary to repaint entire rooms to spruce them up.

Consider replacing worn carpet or vinyl floor coverings, and ensure everything and everywhere is clean.

If you only do one thing before you list your home for sale, do this one – clear the clutter from every room. Be methodical and do it room by room. Get rid of everything you don’t love or use. If you can’t bear to part with the items you’ve boxed up, store them somewhere offsite.

This goes for furniture too. Decide which pieces are essential and remove those that are not (store offsite, sell, or donate). Every extra metre of clear floor creates more space for a potential buyer to love.

We all tend to push our sofas against the walls, but try rearranging furniture away from walls and creating areas of traffic flow between pieces. It will make a room seem larger.

Remove drab and heavy curtains. Ensure windows give as much light as they can. Not every room can always be lit with natural light, so use a variety of light sources – accent lighting, overhead, and table lights – to create interest and atmosphere. Mirrors, glass bowls, and even silverware can be used to diffuse light around a room.

Please remember, although we love our pets, they are not the best accessories to keep inside your home while it’s on the market. Clean up after them and ask a friend to pet-sit until the inspections are over and your sale is finalised.

Need professional advice on making your home look its best?

Nowadays, many home owners wishing to sell their property quickly and at a higher price take advantage of the services offered by interior or home stylists. Home styling improves the aesthetics of a home at a fraction of the cost of remodelling and renovation. When styling for a sale, your stylist will work closely with your real estate agent’s photographer to ensure your home presents its best possible face to the market.

Already moved on and have an empty home for sale?

An empty home might appear larger than one full of furniture, but it will be lifeless, and lifeless homes don’t sell. This is where staging comes in. Property staging involves moving in hired furniture and accessories such as artwork that suit your home and make it appeal to the tastes of your potential buyers. The investment frequently pays off, with staged homes going under contract quickly and at above market expectations in many cases.

Another option to consider is virtual staging and the inclusion of a floor plan of your property which is displayed with your homes photos online.

Your real estate agent is happy to supply recommendations on local home stylists and stagers, and to provide testimonial examples of their services.

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Market Appraisals

Now the real estate market in the Mackay Region is on the up-and-up again, it’s a great time for home-owners to consider their options.

However, you should always look before you leap. The first thing you need to investigate is the value of your property.

This is where independent advice from an experienced real estate agent comes in handy.

Valuation versus Market Appraisal

Many vendors are confused by the difference between a valuation and a market appraisal.

Valuations are formal reports issued by independent property valuers. In Queensland, all real estate property valuers must obtain professional qualifications and be registered with the Valuers Registration Board. Valuations are calculated by examining historical sales data and specific aspects of the property to determine the value. They are sometimes performed on behalf of a lender and are used by the lender to ascertain whether they will advance finance to the applicant. There is a fee attached for a formal valuation, however some lenders offer them for free, but usually with strict conditions.

Market appraisals are conducted free of charge by real estate agents. Vendors often choose to have several different agents appraise their property, and this is a smart move. Appraisals from different agents can be similar or vary widely, but remember that the highest appraisal value is not necessarily the most accurate and can be more wishful thinking than accurate forecast. As a potential vendor, you need to assess all the information given to you by each agent and settle on one you can trust.

When conducting a market appraisal, a real estate agent will visit your property and assess it based upon their experience in the market using such elements as the sold prices of similar properties in similar locations in recent months; the property’s location, size, and features; and local property market trends.

Why you should have a market appraisal

Obtaining a market appraisal costs you nothing and comes with no strings attached. They are a great way to obtain a clear picture of where your property sits in the local market.

An appraisal is a simple way to get to know real estate agents. You are under no obligation to commit to a particular agent after receiving an appraisal. You may even decide not to proceed with the sale. However, it will give you the opportunity to assess agents’ attitudes, their knowledge, and if they have your best interests in mind. You’ll also be able to see if an agent is the type of person you’d like to work with in selling your property. Ask them questions about their appraisal: How did they arrive at the price? How would they take the property to market? What advertising strategy would they recommend?

A market appraisal is a great tool for finding the right real estate professional to take your home to market and obtain a successful sale.

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