Sue Hall

"My reputation is your guarantee"

"Just wanted to thank you for making the sale of 53 Carrington Avenue so seamless and stressless. My only regret is that we haven't actually met you yet! But we will make sure to come over and do that before long. Anyway, thanks again for all your great work on our behalf. "

- Trevor & Pauline

" Sue Hall You've done it again Sue! Sold another home for us in a very professional manner, kept us informed throughout the process and done so in a caring way. We couldn't have asked for more. Thank you Sue!! "

- Sonny and Eileen
More testimonials »

Selling and Marketing your home


Before you put your house on the market, it’s important to know your competition, the market and to make sure your house is looking its best.

The art of presenting a property for sale is an important one to master. Presentation is often the reason that two properties that appear the same on paper, sell for vastly different prices.

We do not always recommend that you spend substantial amounts on major improvements. However, each home is different and your Lodge representative will discuss what improvements are necessary to maximise your value.

We have identified physical appearance, atmosphere and the space you create as the three critical factors which affect the emotional response of a buyer to your home. Below we have listed some general handy hints you may wish to consider.

A. PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

These are the two questions that should be considered when assessing your homes desirability to a buyer:

  • How does your house look from the road?

  • What would you think if you viewed it for the first time?

First impressions count...

  • Create an entrance or decorate a dull garden with pot plants & garden furniture that can be taken with you.

  • Prune trees or shrubs close to the property to help with natural light.

  • Clean walls, floors & windows.

  • Clean dust & cobwebs from the exterior.

  • Repair items such as dripping taps, sticking doors & drawers, cracked windows & stained carpets.

  • Touch up paint where necessary.

  • Ensure fences are in good order.

  • Remove rubbish.

  • Weed & cultivate the garden beds.

  • Add a splash of colourful flowers to gardens.

B. ATMOSPHERE

Never underestimate the role emotion plays when buying a house:

  • Neutralise cooking & pet odours.

  • Introduce vases of fresh flowers.

  • Take pets with you during inspections.

  • Wash & store dishes.

  • Clean and declutter bench tops.

  • Open curtains & blinds to let the light in.

  • Turn on lights in dark rooms or passageways.

  • Put children's toys away.

  • Make up beds.

  • Keep a warm house in winter if possible.

C. SPACE

More often than not, particularly with people trading up, buyers are looking for more space. It is very important to make each room appear as spacious as possible:

  • Store some furniture with a friend, self storage company or in the garage to open up rooms & hallways.

  • Open curtains & blinds to allow as much natural light as possible to assist in accentuating the feeling of spaciousness.

  • Prune shrubs & trees close to the house which shade windows.

  • If a property is vacant the use of designer furniture for the period of the sale can be advantageous. This can help in both delineating spaces and in creating atmosphere in an empty space.

We suggest you discuss the best way to present your home with Sue Hall - Contact her now!

 

Click here to view an update of the Lodge property liftout

Sue Hall's Blog

Intense Competition and Confidence Drive Hamilton's Record Median House Price

Hamilton’s median house price achieved a record during April 2018 at $562,000, according to the Real Estate Institute of NZ statistics released on 11 May. This is up from a $535,000 median in March 2018.

Read More »

High End Hotel Vacancy Filled

The building that once housed Les Mills was torn down back in 2014 and, back then, there were plans for a retail and office space to be built. Fast-forward to May 2018 and the Hamilton City Council has now approved a hotel development for the vacant site.

Read More »

Exciting Future Ahead

Back in 2014 the Inland Revenue Department announced that it needed new premises to house it's 900 staff that were, at that time, based in the somewhat iconic IRD building in Bryce Street. Since then, around 400 staff have moved to offices in Garnett Avenue, Te Rapa leaving 500 still in Bryce Street. However in 2016, a second announcement was made by the IRD advising that an agreement had been reached with a development company for a lease in a new development to be built on Home Straight, Te Rapa. To date, plans are on track for the staff housed at Bryce Street to move to the new Te Rapa offices later this year.

Read More »

Hamilton's Residential Housing Market is Shifting in Favour of Sellers

Lodge Real Estate’s Managing Director Jeremy O’Rourke says Real Estate Institute of NZ statistics released on 17 April show Hamilton’s residential housing market is shifting in favour of sellers. “March was a very strong month for home sales in Hamilton and buyer demand continues to rise. There were 344 homes sold in Hamilton during March and that compares to just 291 in February and 336 in March 2017.

Read More »

The Designs are In

Proposed designs for Hamilton’s new Waikato Regional Theatre have now been released. The design sees the Theatre overlooking the Waikato river and includes a boutique hotel, an art gallery, retail space and the Theatre itself comprising of 1300 seats.

Read More »

More Blog Articles »