Paul, Joanne, Julie & the team at pjd real estate are your local trusted real estate agents.

They care about you and are committed to working hard to ensure that not only the best price, but from the best buyer and in the briefest amount of time is always achieved

Preparing For Sale

First impressions definitely count! Ensuring that your property is presented in its best form can not only improve its value but also increase the final selling price.

Usually, spending lots of money on your home is to be avoided. However if it is needed, think of your spend as an investment in a better result.

The following is a checklist of helpful hints and tips to help maximise the sale price of your home, always remember that you, or a buyer with similar aspirations and standards are our target customer.



  • Driveway: Remove any oil stains that may be present.
  • Lawn: Mow, whipper snip edges and clear away leaves.
  • Garden Beds: Remove weeds and prune plants/shrubs/trees.
  • Gutters: Clean and repair any that require it.
  • Eaves and Doorways: Sweep any cobwebs down and paint if need.
  • Entrances: Ensure screen doors are secure and locks oiled and working.
  • Paving: Clear away any weeds that are present.
  • Windows: Ensure they are clean and that there are no holes in the fly screens.
  • Lighting: Replace globes that are not working and cover with basic lampshades if required.
  • Front door: Clean and or give a coat of paint to give a nice fresh look.

Please note that if you make any investment in the purchasing of potted plants or ornaments that you will be able to take them with you once sold.



  • Throughout: Clean and dust thoroughly and add air fresheners.
  • Throughout: Remove all unessential items, put personal items and bench top appliances away.
  • Lights: Ensure all globes are working and shades are clean.
  • Lounge/Sofa: Add throws or cushions to update and modernise, if necessary.
  • Electrical cords: Hide them away or make them look tidy.
  • Taps: Repair any that are dripping or broken.
  • Oven: Degrease/clean hotplates and door.
  • Mirrors: Clean thoroughly.
  • Light switches: Clean and or repair any that require attention.
  • Pictures: Clean and ensure that they are straight, remove any family photos for privacy reasons.
  • Fans: Ensure they are clean and dust free.
  • Bathroom: Ensure that all daily accessories are put away in cupboard.
  • Towels: Replace with new colour coordinated.

Please note that if you make any investment in the purchasing of personal items or chattels that you will be able to take them with you once sold.

In preparing your home for sale you may require assistance or help.

Please contact Julie McLaren 08 8552 7934 for contact details of specific local trades men and women.


What do you need to provide us with:

You will always know your home better than we ever will.

Walk and talk us through your home. Tell us of any improvements that you have made, small or large they can make a significant difference.

Why did you buy?


If you built, why did you design your home the way that you did?

Sometimes, a list or a couple of paragraphs of the things you love about your home and the area that you live within will be treated like gold dust. Not only in helping us with our script writing but on occasion to simply cut and paste and handout to your potential buyers.

The selling and purchasing of a new home is an emotional time, showing the love that a home has been treated with can be magical and financially rewarding. We remind you again that we are most likely to sell your home to “you” (akin) again.

A set of keys to your home, as well as an alarm code if you have one. This will allow us to easily make appointments and show potential purchasers through your home. As well as lock up securely once the appointment is over.

Solar power information including the number of solar panels, the kilowatt size of the system and your NMI number which can be found on your electricity account/invoice.

A list of what you might consider to be routine maintenance that you have undertaken, like roof repairs. termite inspections, a replacement hot water service or recently replaced appliances.

Rainwater tank yes/no, capacity, is it plumbed to your home or for the garden only, pump yes/no. Irrigation yes/no. front, rear or both.

Just like we need to know all the good things about your home, we must also know any negatives. If there is anything broken or not working as it should, we need to know. If we are aware we can often deal with the situation or issue early on and make your buyers aware not only that we have priced accordingly but we are also honest. To achieve the best price for your home we need to work as a team, we want to work hand in hand with you throughout the whole process.



Hints and tips to help you maximise your presentation and the quality of your photography.

A professional consultation with your photographer can be arranged by us, or directly with her when she contacts you to plan your shoot. 

  • Give your home a good clean the day before. Include all windows, tidy the front and rear gardens, mow lawns and trim trees and bushes.
  • Take down family portraits or photography, especially if you have a lot of them. This will help prospective buyers visualize the home better plus protect your privacy.
  • Hide your council rubbish bins out of the way. Pop them down the side of your home or even in the shed to make sure that they are hidden from your aerial photography.
  • Park your family cars either in the garage or down the street away from the front of your home. This opens up the front elevation to make it spacious.
  • Open up all curtains and blinds to maximise the amount of natural light that comes in.
  • Turn on all lights and lamps. If a twilight shoot is also being done, please ensure that all the outside lights are in working order and on.
  • Clear away all personal items from your bathrooms including vanities and showers.
  • Remove all items from your kitchen counter tops including kettles, knife block, paper towel holder, tea towels etc. to make the space more open & incumber free.
  • Take off anything that you have stuck on your fridge.
  • Make the beds with matching linen where possible, soften with throws and cushions.
  • Minimise your personal belongings throughout your home. This will stimulate potential purchasers thoughts of where they can place their belongings and furniture.
  • If you have one, providing a copy of your floorplan to your photographer would also be a very helpful.

All of the above are suggestions that will assist in putting your very best foot forward in the marketing of your home for sale.