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Give buyers the right first impression

By Matt Hurlston

It’s often said you only have one chance to make a good first impression – and this is certainly the case when it comes to showing people around your Carnegie property. A buyer will be using both their heart and their head when deciding whether your home is the right one for them, so it pays to spend time and money on renovations.

Figures from the Housing Industry Association (HIA) suggest people are doing just that. The latest Renovations Roundup shows that renovations activity has increased for two years running and was up 4.4 per cent between 2015 and 2016.

Where to focus your efforts

The areas of your home you decide to focus on will depend on a number of factors, including its general condition and the type of buyer you’re hoping to appeal to. For example, families might look for a safe and secluded garden, whereas young couples might want a luxurious kitchen to entertain in.

The HIA data shows that general repairs were the most popular type of job in 2015, while kitchen and bathroom renovations also ranked highly.

Melbourne’s property market has slowed down recently, statistics from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria show, which may put buyers back in the driving seat. As a result, you’ll need to take whatever action is necessary to convince them that they could happily live in your Carnegie property.

During the final quarter of last year, Melbourne’s median house price moderated, which could open up the market to a much wider pool of buyers.

Get your Carnegie property seen by the right people

An experienced real estate agent in Carnegie is essential if you’re going to make sure your property is marketed properly. Matt Hurlston has been working in the area for many years and is on hand to assist in any way he can.

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