Making a pre-auction offer

Making an offer isn’t only restricted to Private Treaty sales – it is also possible to make a pre-auction offer on a property you are keen to buy before auction day. If you are wanting to make a pre-auction offer, make sure:

  • Your pre-auction offer is in writing.
  • You have a contract and deposit cheque ready.
  • You have set a time limit.

Make sure the price is right

Don’t jump in with an offer that is miles below the vendor expectations, as it isn’t likely to be taken seriously. In fact, it may even make the seller reluctant to work with you.

Making sure you have done your research is your best weapon when it comes to negotiation. Knowing the market, the value of the property you are looking at and what your best offer would be is very important.

Once you know all this, make an offer that is realistic – don’t be scared to put your best offer in as it may mean the difference between walking away with the property or not. Also remember that working for a quick purchase can mean the tradeoff is in the cost, so be wary of your budge and if the prices is too high be prepared to walk away. Sell your home in Hialeah.

Get Your Timing Right

There are two schools of thought here. Some believe it is good to wait until close to the auction date before pre-offering. This way the seller and the agent will have a concrete idea of the interest in the property and they may be willing to consider a good pre-auction offer. On the other hand, a pre-auction offer made early in the campaign may trigger other parties to give up as they haven’t had the time to do their due diligence properly.

Preparing your home for holidays

Counting down the days until your holidays start? There’s more to just packing your bags and hitting the road before the r ‘n r commences. To ensure you come back from your break relaxed and staying that way, spend a little time pre holidays to prepare your home.

Pets, security and the garden all need to be taken care of while you are away. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to make sure your animals are well cared for, your home is secure and your garden to survive. Here is a brief outline of how to prepare before you log off and take off.

Pets

If you’ve found a holiday home that is happy to take pets then problem sorted. If not you have to consider what to do with your furry friends.

For cats and dogs that aren’t too anxious then sending them to a boarding kennel is the easiest solution. Do a bit of research and get recommendations to ensure the kennel you choose is reputable. It might even be worth a trip out to look at the facilities before you confirm to give you peace of mind.

Pets that are happier to stay at home might need the services of a professional pet sitter, if you can’t call on a friend or relative to help. A pet minder should visit your cat or dog twice a day and provide the food and exercise routines you have provided. If they need any medication or have phobias make sure the minder is aware of this and leave your vets contact details.

Relaxed pets should be happy to stay with family or friends while you are away. Make sure it is someone you can trust and rely that your furry friend will be treated well while you are on holidays.

Security

Before you shut the door behind you and head off to a blissful break, ensure your home is secure. Talk to your trusted neighbours and let them know how long you will be away for. Ask them to keep an eye out for anything unusual happening at your property. If you have a good relationship you could also as them to bring in your mail and rubbish bins.

Double check everything is locked securely and put some lights on automatic switches for a few hours each evening. A small radio going in the kitchen also creates a bit of noise to deter intruders.

Cancel any regular deliveries so you don’t have boxes or newspapers piling up at your doorstep. Finally, have a chat with the kids and tell them not to post any information about your holiday on social media channels. This is just an ad letting a huge number of people know your house is empty.

Garden

After spending most of the year tending and nurturing your garden you don’t want to go away and come back to dead plants. Angie Thomas, Horticultural Communications Manager for Yates shared some invaluable advice on how to keep your garden green. We buy your house in Grand Prairie.

  • Group potted plants together so that watering is easy if someone is minding your garden. Place saucers underneath tender potted plants like hydrangeas, which dry out quickly in hot conditions. The saucer will catch excess water and there’s enough remaining for the plants to draw on during hot days. Remove the saucers when you return.
  • Move tender plants into a shaded position outdoors where they will benefit from any natural rainfall. Spray plants and seedlings. This helps reduce water loss from the leaves and increase the plants chances of survival during stress conditions.
  • Use a soil wetter around the root zone in garden beds will help get water down where it’s needed, by breaking down the waxy water repellent layer that can develop on the soil surface. Plants can take advantage of any natural rainfall, as water will soak into the soil instead of running off the surface.
  • Group indoor plants together in a well lit bathroom. The bath or the laundry sink is a good spot. Water them well and put a wet towel under the base of the pots helps if you are away for longer than a week or so.
  • Mow the lawn before you leave but don’t be tempted to mow it too low as longer lawns dry out less and stay greener in summer.