How to Stage a Kitchen to Sell a House Fast

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Staging a house, especially if you plan to sell via a “no agent property” deal in Australia, is a necessary art form. And what’s the room that has the biggest impact in the minds of most potential buyers? The kitchen. Read on to discover how you can stage your kitchen using proven methods that are sure to impress potential property buyers.

The bad news is that kitchens are typically quite expensive to remodel. In our line of business, it’s not unheard of to encounter people who spent over $50,000 in an attempt to improve their kitchen. Sure, every seller wants to sell a house fast but that’s cash you could be investing elsewhere.

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What if, you may ask, I don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on remodelling but I want to sell my house fast? We have good news for you. There are budget-friendly ways you can stage your kitchen in a “for sale by owner” real estate listing. You don’t have to impress a professional chef and pour all your savings in the hopes of having an attractive kitchen.

Tips to a Sale-Ready Kitchen

  • The first and most important step is to clean your kitchen. Make it shine. The newest countertop or most fancy European oven won’t blind any visitor from seeing grime and dust. Scrub your kitchen’s baseboards and clean all the corners.
  • When showing your home, clean the sink. Never ever have dirty dishes piling in the dishwasher or sink. For some reason, buyers are prone to check the insides of appliances, dishwashers included.
  • If you have chrome fixtures in your kitchen, polish them until they shine. Replace old light bulbs and dust all appliances, especially fans.
  • Clean all the kitchen cabinets. Keep them empty whenever possible. Buyers prefer to imagine what they can do with storage spaces.
  • Replace all handles and knobs that are worn out or appear dated.

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  • When your house is expecting visits from potential clients, don’t cook anything that leave a lingering smell. Bring home food from outside or dine out when you can. You can turn off buyers easily if they smell odours in your house, kitchens included. Just because you love the smell of bacon (and who doesn’t?) doesn’t mean you can assume everybody else will. When people are checking out houses to buy, remember most of them will be making the most expensive purchase of their lives. Clean and simple is the safest bet.
  • If drip pans under the stove burners are very dirty, clean those. Polish the knobs on the stove.
  • Keep the sink as empty as possible. This includes taking away sponges and cleaning products from the sink counter.
  • Remove notes, pictures and magnets from the refrigerator.
  • Keep the counters empty. You may leave a decorative item like an attractive cookbook and fruits.

Other Staging Tips to Impress Property Buyers

Use these tips to help you sell a house fast:

  • Decorate your kitchen with a plant or two to add life to the room.
  • By using a smaller table, you can make your kitchen’s dining area appear bigger.
  • Don’t go crazy with your use of colours, especially if your kitchen already has a personality. Work with the existing colour scheme in the room.
  • If your dining area is large, try setting the table for an intimate meal for two.
  • For some reason, arranging knickknacks in odd groups (3, 5, 7, etc.) is more attractive to the eye.
  • Consider adding a piece of art or rug to add more depth to the room. But when in doubt, keep it out.
  • Never block windows when staging a home. Always allow natural light to flow inside.
  • Hold up an open cookbook by using a stand.
  • You might want to add a big bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter. Place the bowl next to an unopened bottle of red wine or gourmet cooking oil.

Whether you’re trying to sell your house via a “for sale by owner” deal or the more costly old school way of working with a real estate agent, staging a home properly is crucial in attracting buyers. We’re always updating this blog with selling tips to help you close the deal. Follow Zero Commisison on Facebook so you know whenever a new post is up.

ZC will help you not only sell your house in Australia, we will save you thousands of dollars in the process. Interested? Visit our site to learn how we can help you! Click here for more details.  

Congratulations to the Winner of our $500 Signboard Competition!

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We’re happy to announce the winner of our Sold Sign Selfie competition! Congratulations to Julie Arthur. She recently sold her home at 4 Hoolahan Drive, Mareeba, QLD via Zero Commission.

Not only did Julie sell her house and save thousands of dollars through us, she has been awarded the prize of $500 dollars!

Here’s what she had to say about working with us and selling her house fast:

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“We tried Zero Commission and sold our house sooo fast. Because we didn’t have real estate fees, we were able to lower our price and it was a really good deal for a buyer.

Zero Commission was always helpful and informative. The price we paid to ZC was equivalent to an ad for 2 weeks in the local paper’s real estate page which no one even looks at now. It’s definitely the way to go. We can’t thank them enough.”

The competition ran from late last year to March 10th this year. All that was required was to install the signboard we send out to all our customers. Then customers simply had to take a selfie with the signboard and email the photo to us. The winner was then chosen by random draw.

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We take pride in making “for sale by owner” deals easy in the Australian real estate market. This includes sending signboards to our customers to increase their chances of selling their home. Not only that, if you follow our blog and Facebook page, you’ll be treated to loads of tips to help you sell your home fast.

If “sell my house” is your goal this year, click here to find out how we can help you!

Here are some of the entries we received for the competition:

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Stay tuned by following us on Facebook because we will be promoting new contests in the future. This way you’ll not only save thousands of dollars after selling your real estate property via Zero Commission, you’ll have the chance to win amazing prizes!

Why a For Sale by Owner Deal is the Best Choice – Part 1

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For decades, people with the goal to “sell my house” turned to the expertise of real estate agents or brokers. It was pretty much the obvious choice to make if you wanted to sell real estate in Australia. But times indeed have changed. Welcome to the world of “for sale by owners”, or FSBO, as it’s commonly known in the US.

In the past, if you wanted to find a buyer for a property, you’d typically work with a real estate agent who would then collect a fixed commission from the sale. A costly fee. If the market was rosy, the seller would almost always make a profit. Most people found that having someone do most of the legwork in the real estate sale was worth the commission price tag. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case.

Why You Don’t Need Real Estate Agents Today

With the advent of the Internet and an ever changing economic landscape, gone are the days when the sole path to take in selling your home involved working with agents. Home prices in Australia are at an all-time high today. Plenty of homeowners carry heavy mortgages.

The prospect of selling a home in a “for sale by owner” deal is more attractive than ever because you get to keep the proceeds from the sale all to yourself. Companies like us are able to save people an average amount of $14,090. When you bypass the real estate agent, you bypass their hefty fees.

“But wait,” you may ask, “does that mean I have to do all the work myself if I want to sell my house?” Absolutely not.

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The good news is that since “for sale by owner” negotiations are more common in real estate today than ever before, you get to tap into the services of online real estate agents like us while avoiding commission fees. Just like how Facebook and email have made communication tremendously easier, the new breed of agents made FSBO deals go more smoothly and become more lucrative.

Why Selling Your Home Privately Today is Easier Than Ever

When you attempt a “for sale by owner” transaction now, you have the power of the Internet at your disposal. Previously, before common folks like us had access to the online world, the average person was left with no choice but to work with real estate “professionals” to conduct research. Whether you needed to find out what the average market value of homes in your neighbourhood was, or what types of homes were catching buyers’ attention in your city, without the Internet, you’d pretty much have to get the data from real estate agents.

Those days are long gone. With a few strokes on the keyboard, you can access information from your bedroom. Need to know what properties are for sale within a 5-mile radius of your house? No problem. A quick Internet search can tell you. Want to see what competing homes look like so you can prep your house to attract buyers? These are all online.

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Dealing with Buyers Privately is Easier Than Ever

Beyond ease of research and the money you get to save when you sell a house privately, another advantage is how easy it is to communicate with buyers. You can answer queries by email, post your listing on social media accounts (and pester your friends and family to share the post, of course) and actively search for potential buyers online.

Not only that, we will work with you to take off some of the legwork in selling a house. Zero Commission will send you a professional For Sale sign to place on your property. We’ll post your listing on Australia’s top real estate websites, provide you with free and highly effective information on how to sell your house fast (from teaching you how to take eye-catching real estate photos to listing common mistakes you should avoid in selling a house privately, etc.) and more. All these for a nominal fee and we require absolutely zero commission.

“For sale by owner” sellers are no longer at the mercy of the old school way of conducting business. In the upcoming second segment of this series, we will cover the lesser known disadvantages of working with real estate agents. Make sure to follow us on Facebook so you get to know whenever a new blog post about selling your home fast and other similar topic is published. 

How to Move to a New Home Easily

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When your house for sale in Australia is getting serious inquiries or, even better, got a buyer’s offer, it’s time to plan your moving day. If you hate the thought of moving to a new home, you’re not alone. Uprooting an entire household isn’t the easiest of tasks. The good news is that with proper planning, moving to a new house doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth or setting your hair on fire.

Whether you sold your house through a “for sale by owner” deal or not, packing up your entire home can seem like a huge challenge to overcome. But it’s only a burden if you procrastinate. Procrastination is the real enemy, not the actual job of moving. Imagine the stress and horror of dumping your kids’ toys in trash bags and your clothes in dirty boxes because you waited to pack at the last minute.

For moving day (or week) to be as stress-free as can be, here are tips to help you move to a new home easily.

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You probably won’t be needing this to move.

Planning Your Move a Few Months Before

As mentioned earlier, procrastination is the real enemy that makes moving day a source of infernal pain. If you plan your move ahead of time, moving to a new house can be far less daunting. Plan the move at least two months before the big day.

Here are things you should get done two to three months before leaving your current home:

  • Ask professional movers and rental trucks (if you need their services) for costs and scheduling information.
  • Allocate a moving budget. Will you be hiring movers, calling in a huge favour from family/friends, or moving all by yourself? If you’re hiring professionals, will they pack for you? Find out how much you can afford as early as possible.
  • Put together packing supplies. These include boxes, bubble wrap, permanent markers and tape.
  • Sift through all your things. Throw out or sell what you don’t want to keep. This way when you begin packing, you’ll have less things and no junk to deal with.

Planning Your Move a Month Before

When moving day is four weeks away, the right planning will make things go smoother than you’d expect. Make sure you accomplish these tasks:

  • This is the time to start packing. Do it less than four weeks before the big day, unless you’re masochistic.
  • If you need to, let the post office know you’re changing address. This is also the right time to let important parties know about the move and to provide them with the new address. Your doctor, school, bank and insurance providers are typically included in this list.
  • If you have stuff you want to sell, a few weeks before the move is a great time to hold a garage sale. The proceeds from the sale can help you make back moving fees. A garage sale sign with the same size and style of a typical “house for sale” sign on the front lawn can attract plenty of interested neighbours.
  • A month before you move is also the perfect time to disconnect utilities and connect to new ones if need be.
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How to Plan Moving Two Weeks Prior

Moving day is looming. If you’ve prepared properly, the last two weeks should go by as stress-free as can be (OK, as easy as moving can be anyway). Here are things to accomplish during the last 14 days before you move:

  • Get all the biggest packing jobs done a week before you move.
  • Leave some of the packed boxes open in case you end up needing some things. Tape the boxes during the last stretch.
  • Now is the time to make sure new utility accounts have been scheduled. These include heat, electricity and water. All these utilities should be set up before you move to the new home.
  • If you’re taking prescribed medications, make sure you’re well-stocked. That’s one less vital thing to worry about before moving day.
  • A few days before the big day, confirm the schedule with professional movers or friends who promised to help out.
  • Give trusted people your new address.

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If your house is for sale, find out today how we can help you save thousands of dollars. For a nominal fee, we can list your property and connect you to more potential buyers. Click here to find out how.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Selling Your Home

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A home is the most expensive purchase most people will make in a lifetime. When you have a house for sale in the market, you can’t just quickly take a couple of photos, slap on a price tag and expect buyers to beat down your door with offers. When it comes to selling houses in Australia, a very competitive market for real estate, you’ll have to do your homework in order to find a buyer willing to fork over their hard-earned cash in exchange for your property.

In this latest post to help our readers in “for sale by owner” deals, we put together the top 5 most common things you should avoid doing when you’re selling a house. Avoid these pitfalls and you’ll be impressing potential buyers plenty more than you’d expect.

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#1 Taking mediocre to bad pictures

We can’t stress enough how vital great home photos are in closing a real estate sale. The majority of buyers looking for a house today go online. If you can’t supply attractive pictures of your property, you might as well kiss the deal goodbye.

Thanks to the Internet, research is easier than ever for buyers. You’re competing with pretty much all the other homeowners out there in a bid to capture the market’s attention. No matter how competitive your price point is, people will ignore listings with mediocre to bad images. The pictures you take of your home are the first thing most people will consider. The majority won’t schedule an appointment to see any house in person if its pictures online don’t hold any appeal. Remember that in real estate, you don’t have a second chance to make a good first impression.

And no, you don’t have to hire a professional photographer or buy a costly camera to take great photos. Any mid-range camera will do, and that includes the camera of good smartphones. Check out our series on taking great real estate photos using your iPhone here.

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#2 Neglecting to prep the house

When people come to see your house in person, you can’t just expect them to appreciate it in its natural glory, your mismatch yet favourite furniture included. You’re trying to close a business deal and you should treat the whole experience of a house for sale as a business.

This also means doing more than simply cleaning your house and keeping your laundry out of the way. It goes without saying that you should have your home as spotless as possible when you’re expecting potential buyers to visit. Make sure repairs are done and as much storage spaces are cleared up.

For a more detailed article on how to prep your home to make it as attractive as can be during open houses events, read our article called How to Prep Your Home for Sale on a Budget.

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#3 Having unrealistic expectations

Purchasing a home on today’s Australian real estate market can be hard work. Have this mindset when you’re dealing with people who are considering to buy your house. With plenty of houses available for sale, buyers don’t have the energy or time debating unreasonable expectations or prices with you, the seller. When people see a property that has been priced too high because the seller didn’t do their homework properly, these folks will simply ignore the listing and not bother to see the house in person at all.

The best thing for you to do as a seller is to be realistic and conduct proper research. Check out other listings in your location and price range. Don’t fall into the trap of “testing” the market to see if a higher-than-average price for property will get potential buyers through the door.

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#4 Getting overly emotional

When you approach the negotiation table in a “for sale by owner” transaction, bring a logical mindset with you. Don’t take it personally if you get an offer that’s lower than what you expect.

The same goes for staging your home. Just because you’re emotionally attach to a piece of furniture, for example, because of sentimental or whatever personal reasons, doesn’t mean you can expect other people to find it attractive. When it comes to prepping your house to make it look as attractive as possible to others, what you put (and don’t put) inside the house can make a buyer’s decision about the property. Your pet dog might be the love of your life, but it doesn’t mean all other people are expected to love him running around while they’re considering making a very serious purchase.

Don’t let your emotions blind you to what’s real and logical. If you feel your ego is getting in the way, remove it and put your brains back in its place.

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#5 Misleading potential buyers

You can lose a lot of money as a seller if you don’t disclose all the information that you should. If your buyer eventually uncovers problems themselves, you might be liable for whatever costs are involved if you haven’t been as upfront as humanly possible.

Remember that you can never fool or trick people into purchasing your property. Listings with heavily edited photos or vague sounding descriptions will turn people off more than attract them. Buyers are drawn more to sellers who are frank and honest.

Sure, you shouldn’t broadcast your house’s less-than-pleasing features but don’t make a deliberate attempt to spin or even lie about flaws that are most probably going to be uncovered anyway.

Want to sell your house fast and learn more about the real estate industry in Australia? Click here to discover how we can help you sell your house without an agent for a nominal fee and ZERO commission!