2. October 2018 14:37
The old adage ‘charity begins at home’ certainly rings true for this new Forrestfield property.
As the 2018 Telethon Home, the four bedroom, two bathroom home in The Hales Estate is generous in more ways than one. It will be auctioned next month, with a major contribution donated to help fund research into childhood illnesses and support for sick children in WA.
Since 1968, the 26-hour televised Telethon appeal has raised more than $268 million towards significant health advancements, medical equipment and resources for seriously ill children. Of that, $24 million has been raised from the sale of Telethon homes.
RE/MAX WA managing director Geoff Baldwin says the Telethon home is synonymous with goodwill and it has been a privilege to market the property at 14 Evergreen Grove, Forrestfield, knowing proceeds of the sale will go to a worthy cause.
“The house is just magnificent,” Baldwin says. “It’s a pleasure to open and the general mood of the people coming through is really positive. People are coming through making donations, so it’s just lovely.
“There has been enormous buyer interest over the first three open weekends,” Baldwin says. “We have had around 1,050 people through to date.
“Feedback has been very encouraging with several people already expressing their interest in buying and bidding.”
Baldwin says this year’s property is the first Telethon home to be built in Perth’s foothills.
Satterley and The Hales Estate have donated part proceeds from the 450sqm block, with a stunning two-storey home built by New Level Homes, part of the JWH Group.
The sophisticated family home has been designed to make the most of indoor and outdoor living, with an emphasis on natural light and open plan living spaces.
Baldwin says the property’s “out of the box, individual style” has also been a drawcard.
“People are impressed by the stunning design with a family friendly kitchen and living area, plus the inclusion of a fully equipped scullery,” he says.
“The developer, builder and all the suppliers have generously provided from their ‘top shelves’. There are no shortcuts or costs cuts in the building or finishing of this home and hence, it is a stand out in the market.
“For those reasons and because it is in support of Telethon, we are very confident that buyers will see it as a wonderful investment in what looks like being an improving WA market into the future.
“We’re extremely proud to be involved in this sale.”
Satterley chief executive officer Nigel Satterley and JWH Group managing director Julian Walter said they were proud to partner with Telethon to help improve the lives of children and young people in WA.
The 2018 Telethon Home will be auctioned on Sunday 21 October, as part of the Telethon appeal weekend.
In addition, WA Country Builders has pledged a new, mid-century modern inspired home in Geraldton as the 2018 Regional Telethon Home. It will be auctioned on Sunday 30 September.
1. October 2018 15:20
When the time comes to sell your home, particularly if it’s an older property, the last thing you want is potential buyers making a list of the things they’ll need to fix if they purchase it.
The first impression
Selling homes is often a numbers game. The more people you get through the door, the more likely you are to sell and the higher the price is likely to be.
Mooney Real Estate Principal Peggy Wilcox says it’s important that the property makes a good impression on people as they arrive, or drive past.
“If you turn buyers off before they even get in the house, it’s going to be a lot harder to sell,” Wilcox says.
That means fixing fences or giving your front door a fresh lick of paint. These tasks often take less than four hours, so there’s really no excuse for presenting a home with a shabby exterior.
“Street appeal is obviously a big thing. Even just a crappy letterbox that’s rusted, for the sake of going to Bunnings and getting a new one for $200, it makes a big difference,” she says.
“If you’ve got fences that are broken or falling over and things like that, just fix them and straighten them up. They’re always a big issue for buyers.”
It’s cheap, it’s relatively easy and it’ll almost certainly pay for itself, come auction or sale time – a fresh coat of paint to fix any blemishes or a tired décor will make a world of difference.
Adrian Bo from McGrath Real Estate Coogee says walls with marked, chipped or damaged paint are very noticeable to buyers and need to be remedied.
“Ideally you would paint both inside and outside, because peeling paint is quite common and even though it’s just peeling paint, some people can mistake it as a leak or damage,” Bo says.
“Sometimes the ceilings internally don’t need it, but usually you would just freshen up the whole house. For the cost involved, you may as well paint the whole thing.”
A fresh coat of paint is cheap, relatively easy and it’ll almost certainly pay for itself. Picture: Getty
How’s your carpet looking?
If it’s significantly worn, stained or damaged, Bo says you should look at either replacing it, or pulling it up if there are floorboards beneath.
“If the carpet isn’t in great condition and there are floorboards underneath, that can be quite an affordable option, because you won’t be paying for materials, just labour, because you’re just ripping up the carpet,” he says.
“The labour cost is just sanding and polishing the floorboards. If floorboards are not an option, new carpet can be good in the bedrooms.”
Over the years you’ve probably learned to avoid that rogue paver or brick that sticks out slightly from your garden path. In fact, you’ve probably forgotten it’s there.
But first-time visitors to your home will almost certainly find a way to trip on it, so Wilcox says you should fix anything that could trip or impede people as they walk through the house.
“Looking at the safety issues is one of my biggest concerns. You don’t want people walking through and tripping over anything,” she says.
“Gardens and pathways, as you’re walking up to the front door, if someone trips over a paver that’s raised a little bit, that’s going to be in their head.”
People should be able to walk around without tripping over anything. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy
Leaks or missing tiles will be among the first things that are picked up in a building and pest inspection, so if you know there are issues there, get ahead of the game and fix it now.
Re-doing an entire roof isn’t cheap, but Bo says an obviously damaged roof will either deter buyers, or cause them to look for other defective areas throughout the home.
Missing roof tiles will be among the first things that are picked up in a building and pest inspection. Picture: Getty
“If the roof is in poor condition and there are missing tiles or leaks or anything like that that people always thought they’d get fixed, this is a good time to do it,” he says.
“That’s usually the biggest red flag that does pop up.”