<![CDATA[Tom O'Higgins - Blog]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:24:01 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[6 Steps To Selling Your Property]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:05:21 GMThttp://tomohiggins.ie/blog/6-steps-to-selling-your-property1. Arrange A Professional Appraisal
​Contact Tom O’Higgins Estate Agent and we will come to your property at a time that suits you.
​We will assess your property and discuss our recommendations regarding its sale. We will advise you as to our opinion of the method of sale, marketing strategy, our very reasonable fee structure and answer any questions you may have about the sales process and the property market. There is no charge for this assessment and you are under no obligation to put your property on the market.

2. Instruct Your Agent

​Having decided to go to market and instruct Tom O’Higgins Estate Agent the next step is to sign your  Property Service Regulatory Authority (PSRA)  agreement.
​At this stage we recommend you inform your solicitor that you are selling so they can begin to prepare the contract. 

3. Pre-Sale Prep

​Our handy guide 'Preparing Your Property For The Market' has many useful tips. Before launching your property on the market, we will tailor a marketing plan to suit your property which involves arranging high quality photos to be used on the ‘web’ and fully illustrated brochure along with floorplans and in-depth details of the property, signage and any other elements of the plan. Before we commence marketing of your property a Building Energy Rating [BER] Certificate is required. You may already have one. If not, we can arrange a cert on your behalf.

4. On The Market

​Having commenced the campaign we begin processing enquiries and gathering potential purchasers from our extensive database. We arrange viewings at times to suit both buyers and sellers including outside office hours and at weekends and will keep you updated with feedback from the viewings. As offers are made we will negotiate the best price on your behalf. You have the final say on what offer to accept (if any!).

5. Sale Agreed

Once you agree to accept an offer we go ‘Sale Agreed’. At this stage we take in a booking deposit  and issue a sales advice notice to your nominated solicitor. If the purchasers require access to the property to conduct surveys and mortgage valuations they do so through us. Contracts prepared by your solicitor are sent to the buyers to be signed before being counter signed by you. At this point the balance of 10% of the sales price is paid over by the purchasers and the sale is now binding.

6. Completion

​Once the remaining funds have been paid over the sale is complete, we release the keys to the buyers and can immediately send you balance of funds remaining from the booking deposit.
​We are on hand to offer any after sales advice you may need and will assist if required in the transferring of utilities etc.

'Before You Move, Talk To Tom'

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<![CDATA[Preparing Your Property For The Market]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:47:01 GMThttp://tomohiggins.ie/blog/preparing-your-property-for-the-market
First Impressions Count
So, you’ve decided to put your home on the market. Here are a few tips and pointers to help you get your property ‘Market Ready’.
A buyers first glance at your property is vital and will leave a lasting impression. Whether the first time is on the brochure we hand to them, they view it on the internet or they pull up outside, a good first impression will set the tone for the rest of the viewing experience.
At Tom O’Higgins Estate Agent, we are here to guide you on your pre-market prep in order to maximise the keynote features of your home and give the biggest impact to the sales campaign. 
Outside
  • Remove all vehicles from the driveway to leave an unobstructed view of the house.
  • Touch up any flaking paint around windows and consider repainting the front door.
  • Clean the windows and remove any net curtains.
  • Cut the grass, trim the hedges and add some colour around the doorway with potted plants or hanging baskets.
  • Remove bins for duration of photos/viewings.
Inside
  • Everything should have a place and everything should be in its place!
  • Clutter makes a home seem smaller and disorganised. Moving home is the perfect opportunity to dispose of unwanted furnishings and clothes!
  • Put everyday items in small boxes so they can be easily stored in a cupboard when the house is on view.
  • Remove anything overly personal such as family photos, kids’ artwork on the fridge and qualifications.
Freshen Up
  • Your home should be cleaned and dusted from top to bottom. It should sparkle.
  • If you decide your house needs a fresh coat of paint use neutral colours like whites and greys.
  • Make minor repairs – fix leaking taps, ensure cabinets and door hinges are in working order.
The Kitchen
  • Have only essential appliances on display like kettle & microwave.
  • Clean appliances and polish taps.
  • Clean the cabinets, don’t have them overflowing and keep them as neat as possible.
The Living Room
  • Remove bulky or oversized furniture that make a room look smaller than it is.
  • Fill in empty corners with potted plants and even use them to draw attention to features you want potential buyers to notice.
  • Let as much natural light in as possible and add floor or table lamps to dim areas. Prune trees that darken the interior. Remove net curtains to let more light in.
The Bathroom
  • Have clean towels out and some scented candles. 
  • Clear out cabinets and only store what is required. 
  • Polish the taps and replace any cracked tiles. 
  • Close the toilet lid.
  • Redoing the grouting can be an inexpensive way of giving your bathroom a ‘like new’ feeling.
The Bedroom
  • Open bedroom windows and doors on viewing days to keep them fresh and airy.
  • Make beds with fresh linen and keep the tones neutral.
  • Don’t have you wardrobes stuffed to the brim! Buyers will want to open them up to see the space.

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