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10 tips to make moving house a breeze

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

24 May 2019

Just the thought of moving house is enough to send many people running for cover. With a little careful planning however, you can take the stress out of your next move.

Here are 10 tips to make moving house a breeze:

1. Do a big spring clean – it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, spring-cleaning is a great way to start the moving process. After all, the less stuff you have, the less you need to pack. By clearing out the things you no longer use, you will feel lighter. It will also give you a sense of making a fresh start in a new home and give you a great excuse to buy some new pieces for your new abode.

2. Start dismantling any furniture items you can, making them easier to move out of your current home and into your new home. A good tip is to put any nuts, bolts and screws into a small zip lock bag as you dismantle each item, taping the bag to a piece of the furniture for easy assembly later.

3. Save on space – Pack items of clothing from last season and things like blankets, sheets and towels into vacuum sealed bags. Make the most of suitcases and laundry baskets by packing what you can aside them.

4. Use white paper towels rather than newspaper to wrap crockery and glassware to avoid having to wash them before putting them away in your new home.

5. Take photos – this may seem like an odd tip, but it’s surprising how many people like to have a similar furniture layout in their new home as it’s familiar. Its also a good idea to take photos of furniture items to be dismantled so it’s easy to see how it goes back together (unless of course you still have the instructions).

6. Distribute the weight evenly by packing heavy items at the bottom and lighter items on top. It’s also a good idea to pack your heaviest items in smaller boxes, leaving the large boxes for your lightest items. The last thing you need is to hurt your back when moving!

7. Label and make a list – label every box with a number, the contents and the room it is to be placed in once at the new home. A back-up list of box numbers and contents is a good idea too, in case any boxes go missing.

8. Pack one room at a time – this will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed with the enormity of the task. Remember to leave the most used rooms till last (in most homes this would be the kitchen and bathrooms).

9. Set aside the things you will need for your first night in your new home – by packing those items separately, you will have easy access for a meal and a good night’s sleep, so you’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle the rest in the morning.

10. Safety first – Don’t pack dangerous goods such as corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, toxic, oxidising or water-reactive goods. Items like LPG gas bottles and mower fuel fall into this category. You should also take extra precaution when packing sharp objects like knives, ensuring they are packed well and not poking out of any boxes.

Thinking of moving? Ask us for advice on local removalists. We’ll also give you an obligation free property appraisal and a presentation on how we would achieve the very best result for you in the sale of your home.


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Take your agent for a ‘test drive’

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

18 May 2019

You only get one shot at achieving an excellent outcome when selling. So choose your agent wisely.

If interviewing a number of agents, why not take them for a ‘test drive’ before making your decision. Ask them to role-play a negotiation with you. You will soon discover that negotiation is the key skill that sets agents apart, a difference that can equate to tens of thousands of dollars in your pocket.

Why?

There’s an art to professional negotiation. It can literally make or break the outcome of a sale. In fact, negotiation is the only means by which an agent can generate a good profit for their client.

As a property owner, the agent you choose acts on your behalf. While your agent must present all offers from buyers to you, it is their job to negotiate with the buyer first if the offer doesn’t match the value in the home.

There is a saying in real estate that the worst thing you can do as a seller is put the wrong agent in front of the right buyer. At Shelmark, we take the sale of an owner’s property very seriously. We will work harder and smarter than any other agent to ensure you receive the outcome you deserve.

Don’t entrust the sale of your greatest financial asset to anyone less than a skilful negotiator.

Why not put us to the test!


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Tips to attract buyers in winter

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

10 May 2019

While winter may not be the most popular time of year to sell, savvy sellers can use the season to their advantage.

Here are some tips for the winter sale:

1. Make it warm, welcoming and cosy
When the sky is grey and the temperature chilly, there’s nothing like entering a warm, welcoming home with decor that creates the right ambience to make potential buyers feel at home. Touches like throw rugs and homewares in warm, earthy colours will add to the atmosphere. If you have a fireplace or underfloor heating, use these features to your advantage. Just don’t over-heat the home.

2. Plan open home times strategically
If your main living space is flooded with natural light mid morning, that would be the best time to have your open homes, not when you have to turn all the lights on.

3. Make the most of less competition
With fewer people on the market it’s so much easier to stand out from the competition. Remember, while the buyer pool may be smaller, those that are looking to purchase in winter are generally more serious contenders. So take advantage of having your home beautifully presented and professionally marketed to capture the attention of those serious buyers.

4. Pay attention to the little touches
There will be times when it’s unavoidable for inspections to occur on overcast, wet, windy days. Ensure the entry to your home is well lit on overcast days and provide a sturdy doormat for people to wipe their feet on before entering your home. An umbrella stand and coat rack are also nice, practical touches. Place a couple of umbrellas in the stand for people to use when checking out the garden if they don’t have their own.

Play your cards right and you will find winter can be a wonderful and profitable time of year to sell.


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Is your gas heater safe to use?

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

02 May 2019

With days becoming shorter and winter’s chill beginning to kick in, many of us are starting to dust off our heaters and get them ready for the cooler months ahead. But if it’s a gas heater, how can you be absolutely certain it’s safe?

April 29 marked the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, an annual national event run by the Chase and Tyler Foundation to raise awareness of fuel burning appliance safety.

Did you know you could be putting your health and the health of your family at risk when turning on a gas heater that hasn’t been serviced in accordance with recommended guidelines?

In May 2010, Vanessa Robinson, a single mother of two boys, Chase, 8, and Tyler, 6, woke to every parent’s worst nightmare. Her boys had died while they slept alongside their mother in her bed as a result of a silent, odourless killer – carbon monoxide. The cause of the poisoning was a leak from the gas heater at the other end of the house they were renting, which had not been serviced or maintained. Vanessa almost lost her life as well and spent several months in hospital to recover. She founded the Chase and Tyler Foundation in 2011 to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide.

Recommendation
It is recommended that all gas heaters be serviced every two years by a qualified gas fitter. If the heater is more than ten years old, it should be serviced annually. You can check the date of the last service by viewing the service sticker attached to the appliance. Adequate ventilation is also important. If you have a gas heater in your home or a rental property you own, click here for more detail. A must read.

National safety alert on 4 gas heaters
This year’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week coincides with a national safety alert on four gas heater models following a tragic death from carbon monoxide poisoning in Victoria.

The four models in question all failed safety tests, prompting the national alert. They are all open-flued gas space heaters. Click here to learn which models pose a risk and what to do if you have one.


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