As the rainy season approaches vendors should consider some simple but important steps to successfully presenting their home during this time.
It’s worth the effort as serious buyers will be there while the rain may put a stop to meandering ‘tyre kickers’.
Home Sunshine Coast agent Kate Jewry tells buyers it’s the best time to look at a property. “If you love it in stormy weather, you will love it any other time of the year,” she adds.
Top of the list for owners is to remember first impressions are key when preparing a home for inspection.
Start with considering how buyers will access the property, recommends Ray White agent Andrew Garland. If they need to walk across grass to reach the front door, consider setting up an alternative access along a path so grass and dirt isn’t dragged into the home.
He also suggests owners keep an eye on the condition of the garden to ensure it looks good during the rainy season, including keeping grass mowed.
“Prune the garden now and fill in any low-lying areas,” Ms Jewry adds.
If there are leaks around the house, which may have been forgotten during the winter, they should be attended to before the house is put on the market.
“The rain is a great time to show up problems,” Mr Garland says. “A lot of people, particularly if they are interested in a property, will come and have a look in the rain to see if they can identify drainage issues or roof leaks.”
While using air-conditioning during a storm is understandable, Mr Garland recommends at other times consider using natural ventilation to enhance the inspection experience.
Ms Jewry suggests using both a dehumidifier to draw in moisture in the home and clove oil on mould.
Checking all your lights are working is another tip. And if the day is stormy, turning on lights in rooms that may otherwise appear too dark.
At the front door Mr Garland suggests an umbrella holder and towels for people to dry their feet if they take off their shoes.
“And perhaps having a seat there, as not everyone can touch their toes,” Mr Garland says. “It’s about giving thought to the comfort of people coming to inspect your home. I have a saying – serious buyers come out in the rain. I think you get a real picture of the interest in your home when it’s raining.”