Searching for a home is demanding.
Anyone who has spent any time house hunting in a hot market knows this.
You spend hour upon hour researching suburbs, checking new property listings, scheduling open house viewings and getting finances in order.
Every spare moment you monitor the net for new listings, thumb through the property section of your local paper and contact real estate agents to ask if there’s anything suitable set to come on the market.
You take risks as you drive around your neighbourhood of choice, watching for ‘For Sale’ signs on the side of the street when you should have your eyes on the road.
It takes up time, mental energy and eventually, a fair bit of money too.
But the most frustrating part occurs after you make a shortlist of properties that you like. This is when you need to start spending extra time and money doing your due diligence on the houses themselves.
This is the part that can be annoyingly financially draining, with a series of relatively minor costs adding up to something bigger, the longer you spend in the market.
Some of the outlay includes paying for building and pest inspections, strata reports and legal advice on contracts.
These are all costly and there’s no guarantee you will even buy the property afterwards. Eventually this becomes off putting and can mean that those who are really genuine buyers can overlook a lot of homes.
If you are selling a home, yours can end up being the one they overlook.
So, why not make it easier for buyers to give your home the time of day it deserves.
You can do this by scheduling open house inspections early in the say, before fatigue and frustration sets in for house hunters.
But the other thing you can do is pay for the building and pest inspection reports and even some legal advice yourself, so that everything is ready for the right buyer straight away.
How refreshing for them all to turn up and know that they only have to worry about whether or not they like your property.
Not about whether they like it enough to spend hours and hundreds of dollars just for the privilege of making an offer.
When it comes down to it, the path of least resistance will attract more buyers and may lead to a better sales result.
Tim McIntyre is the senior real estate reporter for the Daily Telegraph and News.com.au.
Over the past decade, he has attained widespread knowledge of Australia’s many unique property markets and is an authority on all things buying, selling and investing.
His commentary appears every Saturday in the Daily Telegraph Real Estate lift out, as well as online at news.com.au