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MOFFAT BEACH – 30 Nothling Street, Moffat Beach QLD

30 Nothling Street, Moffat Beach
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CURRIMUNDI – 12/5 Hume Parade, Currimundi QLD

12/5 Hume Parade, Currimundi
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3/4 Bennett Street, Moffat Beach
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About Harcourts Caloundra

Our team of real estate specialists have been working in the Caloundra real estate industry for over a decade. We pride ourselves on delivering a high-end, professional service that results in consistently strong sales records, an impressive collection of awards, and, most importantly, exceptional outcomes for our clients.

The Harcourts Caloundra real estate agents have in-depth local market intelligence, outstanding product knowledge, and a great appreciation for the wonderful Caloundra community. In just under two decades, we have sold over 2000 properties in the region and have had the privilege of assisting countless clients to achieve their property goals.

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Moffat Beach

127-129 Grigor Street West, Moffat Beach
$1,200,000
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Golden Beach

11 Coronation Avenue, Golden Beach
$1,075,000
3 1 2 670 sqm
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Golden Beach

4/46 Esplanade, Golden Beach
$720,000
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Golden Beach

24/3 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach
$1,359,000
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Moffat Beach

105 Grigor Street West, Moffat Beach
$1,720,000
1 1 1 1248 sqm
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Moffat Beach

6 Bennett Street, Moffat Beach
$1,450,000
0 0 0 513 sqm
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Wurtulla

419 Oceanic Drive, Wurtulla
$1,900,000
1 1 1 601 sqm
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Currimundi

11 Merrigum Street, Currimundi
$1,250,000
4 2 1 548 sqm
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Dicky Beach

52 Macdonald Street, Dicky Beach
$930,000
3 1 2 630 sqm
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Moffat Beach

30 Nothling Street, Moffat Beach
$2,205,000
4 2 3 405 sqm
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Currimundi

12/5 Hume Parade, Currimundi
$1,420,000
3 2 2
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Shelly Beach

14 Alfred Street, Shelly Beach
$1,462,500
3 1 1 718 sqm

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BlogStylish Home
4 Unique Tips For Selling Your Home – How To Ensure A Smooth Sale

If you’re looking for the best tips for selling your home without breaking the bank on a renovation or large-scale project, we’ve got a list of 4 unique ways you can ensure a smooth sale.

With over 19 years in the industry, we’ve helped sell over 1,000 homes and want to share some industry tips that you won’t see in other blogs online.

In this article, we have direct insight from Luke Carter, our principal agent and co-owner of Harcourts Caloundra

Keep reading to learn more about our top pieces of advice for selling your home.

Get a building inspection done before you go to market

It’s common that we see sellers skip getting a building inspection before going to market which can be a huge mistake.

Whether it’s to save money or because they feel like their home is too new to need an inspection, this small cost will give you peace of mind so that when the buyer gets their inspector you don't get any surprises.

This process can be done by a building and pest inspector and is essential in identifying any hidden issues that could negatively impact the sale or reduce the property’s value.

LC: “After two decades in sales, I can tell you even the best-maintained homes can throw a curve ball when it comes to building inspections.

Nothing is worse than securing a great price from a buyer and having something that could have easily been fixed before the sale spook them.”

An example of this is something as simple as a high moisture meter reading on the shower floor or shower wall.

LC: “Over the years, I’ve found that many homes regardless of age show a high moisture reading in a shower.

While there are instances where this is indicative of larger problems, more often than not the issue isn’t big enough to cause long-term damage.

This is usually nothing sinister.

It might just be a small amount of water that has gotten through a crack in the grout or perished silicone sealing around the taps.

However, it’s enough moisture to set off the inspector's moisture reader.

Some building and pest inspectors aren’t the greatest at communicating the severity of their findings to buyers.

I have seen buyers pull out of a contract because of this when it could have been so easily avoided with a quick fix in the lead-up to putting the home on the market.”

There are several little things like this that a home inspection will pick up and allow you to get sorted before you go to the market which can avoid the stress of having a contract crash.

Ensure all structures, additions, and renovations are approved and fully inspected

One crucial step in ensuring a smooth property sale is verifying that all structures, additions, and renovations on your property are fully approved and have passed their final inspections. 

It's surprisingly common for homeowners to obtain initial approval for their building projects but forget to follow through with the final certification process. 

This oversight can lead to significant complications during the sale of the property.

LC: “It is extremely common to find out at the contract stage of the sale that a property has not had its final building certification done.

While it’s a relatively cost-effective procedure, it takes time and can really delay the settlement process.

This situation is especially problematic if, like most people, you are relying on the proceeds from your sale to fund the purchase of another property.”

To prevent these issues, review your property's documentation before listing it for sale to ensure all constructions have been properly certified. If any discrepancies or missing certifications are found, address them promptly by hiring a certifier.

Proactively managing these details ensures all parties are informed, helps maintain a hassle-free sale, and prevents any disruptions to your plans.

Help the buyer envision their future home through decluttering

Over the years we all collect sentimental things and we often don't realise how much we actually have until we have to pack it all up and put it into boxes when we move. 

LC: “Our team always recommends our clients to complete a pre-pack before they go to market.

By that, we mean packing up all your unnecessary items and putting them in the garage or hiring a storage shed for a few weeks while you sell the house.

It's amazing how much of a difference taking just 10% of things from a room can make.”

Decluttering not only makes your space appear larger and more inviting but also allows potential buyers to easily envision themselves living in the home, significantly enhancing the likelihood of a smooth sale.

A good real estate agent or a genuine honest friend or relative with an eye for style will give you an independent assessment of what should stay and what should go. 

Clean homes sell fast

There is a saying in real estate and that is clean homes sell fast.

Ensuring your home is clean and tidy is very important and cannot be understated.

This is an easy and low-cost task that is often overlooked by people when they try to sell their home. 

Not only does cleanliness help ensure a smooth sale process, but in our experience, it is the most cost-effective way to maximise the value of your property when trying to sell.

A week of hard work or employing a professional to ensure your house and yard is spick and span can add 10’s of thousands of dollars to your final sale price.

LC: “Everyone's version of cleanliness is different if you don't feel it is your strong point outsource it to a professional or ask a friend you trust to tell you the truth to come and look and give you their opinion of what you need to do.”

Looking for a real estate agent to sell your Sunshine Coast property?

If you are considering selling and would like to talk to us about how we can assist and work with you to achieve a stress-free, premium result, give Luke and Katherine Carter a call on (07) 5438 1177 today.

We’ll provide you with all the information and tools you need to ensure you and your property are prepared and in the best position to move forward and achieve a positive outcome. 

Having sold more than 1,000 in the area, we’re your go-to real estate agent for both Sunshine Coast property evaluations and expert sales strategies. 

With our comprehensive market knowledge and personalised service, we ensure that every aspect of your sale is handled with professionalism and precision to maximise your returns and meet your specific needs.

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Top 5 Reasons to invest in Moffat Beach

Firey Moffs Sunset" by Tim Bateup is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

Moffat Beach, nestled on the Sunshine Coast, is a coastal paradise offering a unique blend of natural beauty, vibrant community life, and diverse architectural styles. 

Whether you’re seeking a serene beachside retreat or a lively community atmosphere, Moffat Beach has something for everyone. 

Our team Luke and Katherine Carter from Harcourts Caloundra have over 20 years of experience in real estate on the Sunshine Coast and have sold a number of homes that have beat street records in Moffat Beach.

We’ve provided our top 5 reasons why Moffat Beach stands out as a premier location to buy a family home or investment property.

From its bustling café culture and stunning parklands to its protected coastal position and thoughtfully preserved character, Moffat Beach stands out as an exceptional place to call home.

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Natural Southern Protection

Everyone has heard the saying in real estate: location, location, location. 

One essential thing to remember is that while you can always improve or renovate a house, you can never change its position. 

Moffat Beach enjoys the ultimate northern aspect, perfect for the best of Queensland coastal living.

Coastal living conjures images of open, light-filled rooms, gentle sea breezes, and resort-style decks overlooking pools and tropical gardens. 

To enjoy this lifestyle fully throughout the year, a northern aspect is crucial. 

In Queensland, bad weather predominantly comes from the south and southeast, bringing cold gusting winds in winter. 

Homes facing south must often be closed off to shelter from this weather. 

Conversely, a property with a north-facing outdoor area can remain open, blocking the southern winds and still enjoying the benefits of coastal living.

Moffat Beach is one of the few coastal suburbs protected from the cold southerly weather by a prominent headland. 

This protection makes it picture-perfect and comfortable for more of the year compared to other areas. 

Similar beachside suburbs like Burleigh Heads, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, and Noosa are also highly sought after for their protected positions, contributing to strong property growth.

These headlands not only offer protection from cold southerly weather but also allow exposure to cool sea breezes during the hot summer months, predominantly coming from the north and northeast. 

The high summer sun provides full protection from direct sunlight on north-facing decks or patios, while in winter, the sun’s tilted path allows warm rays to penetrate further into homes.

Another popular feature is the consistent waves year-round. 

The southeast swells wrap around the headland, creating long, predictable waves for surfers and calm waters for swimmers in the northern part of the bay.

These geographic principles make living in Moffat Beach highly desirable, resulting in some of Queensland's most expensive and sought-after real estate. 

The consistency of these geographic features ensures that properties here remain a fantastic investment and an amazing place to live.

Café Culture, Dining & Breweries

Moffat Beach Dining

Due to its protected position, Moffat Beach is home to one of the Sunshine Coast's most vibrant beachside café strips, all of which offer the ultimate outdoor dining experience. 

Many of these establishments are among the coast's most awarded and popular businesses.

For instance, The Pocket Espresso Bar is a local favourite, renowned for its exceptional coffee and delicious brunch options. 

A few doors down, you'll find Sugar Mama’s, offering delicious homemade treats, a relaxed atmosphere, and friendly service that attracts both locals and visitors.

The café strip overlooks the bay and foreshore and features a fantastic range of options for those looking for a morning coffee or a long lunch with friends. 

It is even home to Moffat Beach Brewing Co., one of Australia’s most awarded craft breweries, ideal for a summer session enjoying a cold beverage overlooking the ocean. 

Whether you're a coffee connoisseur or a craft beer lover, Moffat Beach's café culture provides an inviting and lively atmosphere that enhances the coastal living experience.

High Character Homes

Due to the era when many of the homes were originally constructed, Moffat Beach offers a wide range of housing styles to potential buyers. 

From cute minimalist beach shacks to cool mid-century brick bungalows, character timber Queenslanders to ultra-modern architectural masterpieces, Moffat Beach showcases some of Queensland's most unique and outstanding coastal properties.

This diverse array of housing styles means there is something to suit every taste and preference. 

Whether you’re looking for a charming vintage beach house with historical appeal or a sleek, contemporary home with all the modern amenities, Moffat Beach has it all. 

The variety and character of the homes here not only add to the visual appeal of the suburb but also offer a unique living experience that sets Moffat Beach apart from other coastal areas.

Sustainable Planning Code and Heritage Protection

When compared to other headland locations, Moffat Beach has the enviable title of being the least developed. 

This lack of high-rise and high-density development, along with its current development protection overlay, has kept Moffat Beach free from overdevelopment and overcrowding, unlike other locations with the same headland position.

Moffat Beach also has one of the Sunshine Coast’s only heritage overlay areas, mainly encapsulating parts of Roderick and Nothling streets. 

These areas are protected by a character code to ensure that all new homes maintain a coastal theme, in keeping with the original coastal concept that has made the location so sought after.

It is initiatives like this from the council that have laid the foundations to protect the charm and character of such a special location. 

These initiatives give buyers confidence that the aspects making this location so desirable are protected into the future, ensuring Moffat Beach retains its cool and laid-back coastal charm.

Picture-Perfect Park and Playground

Moffat Beach Park

The Moffat Beach foreshore is home to one of Queensland's most amazing beachside parkland areas, ideal for families and young children. 

This fantastic flat grassed park, overlooking the beach, is perfect for family picnics, birthday parties, or just a day in the park with loved ones.

The highlight of the park is its playground, featuring a charming pirate ship nestled under a giant fig tree. 

This setup provides all-day sun protection and shade, ensuring kids can play comfortably and safely. 

Whether you're looking to enjoy a relaxing picnic with ocean views or give your children a fun and shaded place to play, the park and playground at Moffat Beach offer the perfect setting.

More Reasons to Love Moffat Beach

A few additional points worth noting are that Moffat Beach is within 3 km of Caloundra CBD, only 45 minutes to Noosa, and one hour to Brisbane. 

There are a number of quality public and private schools nearby, along with outstanding medical and specialist services.

Moffat Beach is a dog-friendly, off-leash beach before 8 am and after 4 pm, making it perfect for pet owners. 

It is also home to the iconic Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest, Australia’s second oldest surfing competition, second only to the iconic Bells Beach event. 

Held annually during the Easter long weekend, this competition features some of the best surfing talent in Australia and is steeped in history, with a list of previous winners that includes many of the world’s most iconic surfers.

These factors, combined with its natural beauty and community charm, make Moffat Beach an exceptional place to live and invest in.

Ready to Make Moffat Beach Your Home?

With its vibrant café culture, premium north-facing bay, diverse architectural styles, and sustainable development, Moffat Beach is an exceptional place to live and invest in. 

If you’re ready to explore the unique charm and lifestyle this stunning coastal suburb offers, contact Luke and Katherine Carter today on (07) 5438 1177 or via our online contact form

We have over 20 years of experience and a proven track record of successful sales results throughout Moffat Beach.

Together, we’ve successfully sold over 1,000 properties here on the Sunshine Coast and our clients have the unique advantage of being able to profit from our extensive knowledge of the Moffat Beach real estate market.

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BlogHow To Choose A Real Estate Agent For Selling
How to Choose a Real Estate Agent for Selling
The difference between choosing the right real estate agent and the wrong one when selling your property can cost you 10’s, even 100’s of thousands of dollars on the sale price. By taking the time to carefully evaluate potential agents, you can ensure that you’ll find the agent who will best represent your interests and maximise the value of your home. With over 15 years in the industry, we've seen firsthand the impact a skilled real estate agent can have on the home-selling process. We’ve created this guide on how to choose a real estate agent when selling your home to help you find the right seller for your needs. Our insights today include direct quotes and advice from Luke Carter, Harcourts Caloundra’s esteemed principal agent. You’ll learn the key factors we recommend using and how to narrow down your top candidates to choose your ideal agent.

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Real Estate Agent

Research Local Reputable Agencies with Established Property Experts

The number one thing you can do to ensure your property achieves the highest possible sale price is to take the time to thoroughly research the agent and agency you choose to represent you and your property. For most people, their principal home is their highest-value asset so you need to refrain from settling for the agent with the lowest commission fees or betting on the first agent you come across. You need to spend the time to find a long-established property expert with the skills and expertise to protect you from the biggest risk in the industry which is underselling. It’s important that you look for agents who have a long and consistent track record through changing market cycles. With nearly 20 years of real estate experience and 17 of those as a principal business owner, I have employed a lot of sales agents over the years and one thing I can tell you for certain is the experience and ability of your chosen agent has the biggest outcome on your sale price. One piece of advice Luke recommends is:
LC: “Ask your prospective agent whether they’ve ever sold or bought a home themselves. It’s one thing to have experience selling other people's homes, but it’s another thing to understand the stress and anxiety of going through the process of buying or selling a property yourself. Only someone who has gone through this process truly understands the importance of being prepared, keeping clients informed and following up with both the seller and potential buyers.”

Local Market Expertise

Selecting a real estate agent with in-depth knowledge of the local market is crucial when selling your home. An agent who understands the unique characteristics, trends, and buyer demand in your neighbourhood will be better equipped to price your property competitively, develop an effective marketing strategy, and identify the most qualified buyers. Look for an agent who can demonstrate their familiarity with your area through their sales history, market insights, and understanding of the local community.
LC: “Be very careful of agents quoting exciting prices with no real credible data and recent comparable sales to back up their estimated figures. And when they do provide these comparables, it’s important to ask them why and how they think your property compares to the recent sales they’re providing. While it is important to have an agent who believes in your property, they must provide real evidence when quoting a number. It’s a huge red flag when an agent won't give you a price or side steps around giving a price.”

Pick the Agent, Not the Agency

While it’s important to work with a reputable real estate company, the agent you work with directly will be the one responsible for handling the day-to-day aspects of selling your home. Focus on the individual agent's skills, experience, and personal approach, rather than just the agency they represent. Choosing an agent you trust and believe will best represent your interests can make a significant difference in the overall experience and outcome of the home-selling process.
LC: “It’s vital that you still physically visit their office and see if their business is a reflection of what they are selling you. Especially if it’s a brand you’re not familiar with. It’s common for real estate agents to be disingenuous and market themselves as a large full-service agency when in fact, they’re a one-person team working from their home office. It’s not uncommon for these smaller set-ups to have minimal training and real-world experience.”

Proof They Can Sell a Property Like Yours

When evaluating potential real estate agents, it's important to ensure that they not only have a proven track record of successful home sales within your local area, but also have experience selling homes similar to yours in terms of size, price range, and property type. An agent who has successfully marketed and sold properties comparable to your own is more likely to be able to effectively promote your home and achieve the best possible outcome. Take the time to review the agent's sales history and ask for examples of how they have handled the sale of homes like yours in the past. We’d also recommend that you assess the average days their listings spend on the market and the sale prices compared to the original list prices.
LC: “If you want to take it a step further, ask potential agents how many street records they’ve achieved in your area. Agents who can prove that they’ve achieved multiple sales records in streets within your community show that they’re willing to go the extra mile to sell you home for as much as possible.”

Prioritise Number of Sales Over Number of Listings

When comparing potential real estate agents, it's important to focus on their actual sales performance rather than just the number of listings they have. An agent with fewer listings but a higher sales volume may be more effective at selling homes than an agent with a large number of listings but a lower sales rate. Look for an agent who can demonstrate a consistent track record of successfully closing home sales in your local market.

Word of Mouth Matters

Tapping into the power of word-of-mouth can be an invaluable way to identify a reliable and effective real estate agent. Ask your friends, family members, and neighbours for referrals and recommendations of agents they have worked with successfully in the past. This feedback can provide valuable insights into an agent's communication skills, negotiation abilities, and overall commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for their clients. Taking the time to gather these personal recommendations can help you feel confident that you're choosing an agent who will truly prioritise your interests throughout the home-selling process.
LC: “On top of talking to those close to you, ask prospective real estate agents for the phone numbers of the last three vendors they have sold homes for. Verify online that these, in fact, are the most recent homes they have sold and not just their favourite clients, friends or family. Any professional agent will be happy to provide this and if they have done the right thing by their clients the clients will be happy to take a call and vouch for them.”

How to narrow down your top candidates

Watch the Agents in Action

Observing a real estate agent in action at an open house or auction can be a revealing way to assess their skills and approach. Look for an agent who demonstrates a high level of professionalism, strong communication abilities, and a genuine enthusiasm for promoting the property. Pay attention to how they interact with potential buyers - do they actively engage with them, answer their questions, and highlight the home's key features? An agent who can effectively showcase a property and generate genuine buyer interest is more likely to achieve the best possible outcome when it comes time to sell your own home. Seeing the agent in their element will give you valuable insight into their marketing prowess and negotiation tactics, helping you determine if they are the right fit to represent your interests.

Listen to your Instincts

If you’ve completed all of the due diligence above and you’re in the final stages of selecting the real estate agent who will be selling your property, Trusting your instincts is the most important thing we believe you can do. You want to make sure the agent you choose is the person you have the most genuine connection with and will feel comfortable working with throughout the home-selling process. It could be an agent who says all the right things but your gut is telling you that something is just not quite right. Or, it could be an agent from a smaller company who has gone above and beyond in answering your questions compared to the agents who have the most listings. Whatever the situation is when you’re trying to find an agent to sell your property, listening to your instincts pays off almost every time.

Looking for a real estate agent in Caloundra to sell your property?

If you’re based on the Sunshine Coast or surrounds and are considering selling your property, we can provide you with all the information and tools you need to maximise the value of your property. With a proven track record of over 1,000 property sales here on the Sunshine Coast, we genuinely care about achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. Call us on 07 5438 1177 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation or property valuation and to find out how we can leverage our knowledge and experience to tailor a solution that is unique to your requirements.
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BlogThe Kitchen Of A Client Who Maximised The Value Of Their Property
How to maximise the value of your property

If you’re looking to maximise the value of your property, we’ll teach you all of the secrets we’ve learnt over the years whilst running Harcourts Caloundra and throughout our real estate careers.

Our insights today include direct quotes and advice from Luke Carter, Harcourts Caloundra's esteemed principal agent. 

With over 15 years of experience and more than $1 billion in Sunshine Coast real estate sales to date, Luke's expertise offers invaluable advice for homeowners looking to increase their property's market appeal and value. 

Keep reading to uncover the secrets to successful property improvements with advice from one of the industry's best.

How to strategically add to your property to increase value

When brainstorming ways to increase your property’s value, Luke believes that – 

LC: There are really only two ways to add value to a property.

The first and easiest strategy is to let the market improve and the price increase naturally with the rising market.

As they say, ‘a rising tide lifts all boats’ however, in our experience, the can require time or luck and maybe a bit of both.

During my time as a real estate agent, If you’re patient and can hold your property long enough, the market will deliver an increase in value.

The only other way to add value is to improve the property by either adding to the property or improving what already exists.

With this in mind, let’s learn more about adding to the property vs improving what already exists. 

By the end of this blog, you’ll know what works and what doesn’t for both strategies and be ready to implement some of these into your own property.

Strategy 1: Adding to the property

The first strategy property owners use to maximise the value of their property without any change in the market is through significant additions and improvements.

This involves adding infrastructure or volume to an existing dwelling with the hopes that buyers will be willing to pay more for these upgrades.

You should keep in mind, that this strategy is usually a much more drawn-out and costly process, often requiring approvals and work from major contractors. 

If done incorrectly, you risk minimal return on your investment resulting in you breaking even or even losing money. 

The rewards however can lead to a substantial increase in property value that exceeds the initial investment and significantly boosts the property's appeal.

The most important question to ask yourself if you’re considering improving your property’s value in this manner is: “Is this change going to make the property more livable or improve the natural advantage of a position?”.

Let’s take a look at strategies that Luke has found to have worked for previous clients, and strategies he’s found that haven't.

Strategies that work

In our experience, additions that create a bigger and better living space for larger families have the potential to add the most value.

LC: When looking at additions that yield a strong ROI, we’ve found historically that adding more bedrooms, another bathroom or vehicle storage can most definitely add more value.

Although this is a larger project, we’ve also found owners who take advantage of their strategic position and add another level that provides an ocean view have also seen a great ROI.

While not all properties are situated by the ocean, if you have any opportunity to improve the view from your home, this is an upgrade that could pay dividends when it comes time to sell your property. 

With projects like this however, we always recommend that you speak to your local property valuer. 

Other additions that have generated a strong increase in property value include:

  • Adding a deck, patio or outdoor kitchen
  • Building a granny flat to rent out (Be careful with budgeting) 

Not all extensions are created equal, however. Keep reading to learn what strategies don’t add value.

Strategies that don’t work

LC: We’ve found that in the past, adding smaller improvements like a front fence, solar power or an EV charging station don’t necessarily increase a property’s value.

While these additions can definitely improve the salability of a home, in a lot of instances, the value added may only equal the money initially outlaid.

While “going big or going home” isn’t necessarily what we’re trying to say here, ask yourself the question we recommended you should consider earlier in the blog – ”is this change going to make the property more livable or improve the natural advantage of a position?”

Other additions we’ve found that haven’t added value for clients we’ve worked with include:

  • Specialised rooms like home theatres or wine cellars
  • Swimming pools

Again, if you’re unsure about whether or not an addition you want to build will maximise the value of your property, we recommend you speak to a real estate professional who has experience with property valuations.

Strategy 2: Improving what already exists

The second way to add value to your property is to work with and improve what is already in place.

This strategy generally costs less than additions and extensions, and can significantly improve your home's value while often requiring no approval from council or building certifiers. 

Let’s see Luke’s top 4 recommendations for improving what already exists.

Tip Number 1: Increase your properties street appeal

LC: Our number one recommendation for people who want to add value to their property is to improve what people see first.

Improving your street or curb appeal is where we see the biggest impact on sale price.

A home that is appealing from the street often achieves a much better outcome and is quite often the most cost-effective improvement.

Some examples of front yard improvements include:

  • Freshly laid turf
  • Re-landscaping the front yard
  • Re-sealing the driveway
  • Replacing an old roller door with a more modern design 

For those on a budget, you don’t necessarily need to spend big to see an increase in home value.

LC: Something as small as adding a few nice established feature plants when landscaping the front yard can make a huge difference when compared to planting small cheaper plants it is a small cost addition but will make a big impact.

With the right vision you can find that upgrades with relatively minor costs have big impacts and are often overlooked. 

Tip Number 2: Spend money where buyers will see it

Our second most important tip when adding value via a renovation is to make sure you spend the money where buyers will see it as it is these places that make the biggest impact. 

LC: Completely rewiring a home is not going to have the same impact as a new state-of-the-art kitchen just as a new back fence won't have the same impact as re-landscaping the front yard and laying fresh turf.

While the obvious choices for improvements with this tip in mind are your kitchen and bathroom, as you’ll see in tip 3, it’s not always the largest investments that generate the biggest increase in value. 

Tip Number 3: Smaller investments can have the biggest impact

While larger-scale renovations can improve your property’s value as well as provide a positive ROI if done in the right way, there are a range of more affordable updates that can add value without breaking the bank. 

LC: Internally, adding fresh paint and new floor coverings are relatively small outlays that can generate a big impact.

If you want to step it up, new kitchens and bathrooms always have appeal but be careful about blowing out your budget and the design you choose.

Loud designs that are too on-trend can actually hurt the overall value and saleability of your property as you’ll learn in tip number 4.

Tip Number 4: Leave your design flair for things that can be easily removed

Be careful when making design choices that might not appeal to those who will be eventually looking to buy your house.

LC: Designs that might be the “It-thing” can quickly be a defining feature that can instantly date a property even only a year down the track when a season changes and new on-trend designs appear.

Our advice is to stick to neutral colours and leave your design flair to things that can easily be removed like furniture and soft furnishings like rugs and décor.

This actually makes it a lot easier for those who are purely improving their property to sell and shows you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to make your property stand out. 

By sticking to what works, your property will appeal to a wider range of buyers.

Tip Number 5: Make sure you have a clean house when going to market

Of all the things you can do to add value Luke’s number one tip is to ensure your property is clean and tidy. 

LC: In our experience, cleanliness is the most cost-effective method of adding value to your home.

Everyone’s version of “clean” is different and it can sometimes be beneficial to engage the services of a professional house cleaning team to help you prepare for the sale.

They’ll know all the areas to focus on that are often overlooked.

While this is such a simple tip, you’d be amazed at how much value this simple step can add to your home when it comes time to sell. 

Recent trends that could help improve property value

Outside of the strategies and tips we provided above, being switched on to new trends and adapting your property to meet these recent demands is another strategy you can implement to improve the value of your property. 

Pet-friendly properties

If you have the opportunity to make your property more pet-friendly, you could find that buyers might be willing to pay more for a home that caters to this need.

LC: We are seeing a lot more emphasis on a property's suitability for pets.

Pets have always been loving family members but we are seeing more than ever people looking for a property with an area for their fur baby or properties located within walking distance to dog-friendly parks or beaches.

we have also seen a big push for townhouses over apartments with downsizers still wanting to retain a small courtyard for their pet.

Properties that don’t have wall-to-wall carpet, have space for pets to play, and don’t have any easy escape hazards etc… will be more appealing to this sector of the market. 

Resort-style outdoor areas

LC: When it comes to top-end houses we are definitely seeing a big trend of resort-style outdoor areas.

These generally contain complete outdoor kitchens and even outdoor bar areas where people can entertain at home in an environment that would rival a tropical holiday.

While this isn’t attainable for all properties, upgrading your current outdoor hosting area if your budget allows can still produce a positive ROI.

Creating privacy

While not so much a recent trend, creating privacy is a theme that isn’t discussed often enough when it comes to these topics.

One of the top things we see people looking for in any property is privacy.

People want privacy at all costs and it is the number one thing we see people looking for in all circumstances and property types.

Investments that help create privacy whether that’s through fencing, landscaping, privacy screens or curtains have the potential to increase the overall value of a property.

Again, if you want to know what option would work best in your local area, we recommend that you speak to your local property valuer

Get started maximising your property value today

Maximising your property's value involves strategic improvements and keeping up-to-date with current trends. 

Whether through additions or refining what's already there, the correct improvements can significantly impact your ROI. 

If you're on the Sunshine Coast and considering your property's potential, don't leave it to chance. 

Reach out to Harcourts Caloundra today for a professional property valuation

Unlock your home's true value with expert advice from our team and take the first step towards boosting your investment today.

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How much does it cost to sell a house in QLD?

Are you looking to learn how much it costs to sell a house in QLD? 

Selling a property involves various expenses that can significantly impact how much you’ll pay by the time your house has sold.

Not preparing and budgeting for these can result in significant financial setbacks if you are relying on the capital of the sale in the short term.

At Harcourts Caloundra, we have over a decade of experience in the local real estate market and have a broad knowledge of the costs and other factors that can affect the final price.

Keep reading to find out the cost of selling a house in QLD to help prepare you for a successful and stress-free sale.

Key Costs Involved in Selling a House in QLD

Agent's Commission

One of the primary costs in the sale of your property is the real estate agent’s commission. 

This is typically a percentage of the sale price and varies based on several factors, including the property's location, the current market, and the services provided by the agent. 

In Queensland, the average commission in metro areas is between 2 - 2.5% while in regional areas it ranges on average between 2.5 - 3.5%. 

It’s important to remember that the cheapest option isn’t always the best. 

When selecting an agent, consider their local market knowledge, marketing expertise, and negotiation skills. 

These factors can significantly influence the outcome of your sale which can offset the cost of a higher commission.

Check out this table below to see how much you would pay at 2.5% commission.

House Price Agents Commission % Commission Cost
$500,000 2.5% 12,500
$750,000 2.5% 18,750
$1,000,000 2.5% 25,000
$1,250,000 2.5% 31,250
$1,500,000 2.5% 37,500
$1,750,000 2.5% 43,750
$2,000,000 2.5% 50,000

Marketing and Advertising Costs

Marketing costs for selling a property in Queensland can vary. 

These expenses typically range from $600 to $2000, depending on the chosen marketing plan and the duration of the marketing period. 

This includes:

  • Costs for listing the property on real estate websites
  • Print media
  • Social media
  • Signage
  • Creating brochures or flyers

Professional photography and videography, which are essential for showcasing the property, are also included in these marketing costs.

Auction Costs

Choosing to sell your property at auction is a strategic decision that often attracts more competitive bidding among buyers.

In Queensland, the fees for a qualified auctioneer generally range from approximately $400 to $1,000

This fee can vary based on the auctioneer's experience, reputation, and the specific services they provide. 

Your real estate agent should be able to recommend whether an auction is worth the investment based on the type of home you’re trying to sell.

Conveyancing and Legal Fees

Conveyancing involves the legal transfer of property ownership and is a crucial part of the selling process.

While the final cost will vary, conveyancer fees on average range between $600 and $1,300 in QLD.

The actual cost can vary depending on the complexity of the transaction and the conveyancer or solicitor you choose.
While it is legal to do your own conveyancing in QLD when selling your property, you’ll be legally liable for any obligations that weren’t met. 

Preparation and Staging Costs

If you want to maximise the appeal of your property, you should consider preparation and home staging. 

This involves styling and furnishing your home in a way that highlights its best features to potential buyers. 

In Queensland, professional home staging can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000+ for higher-end properties.

The cost will vary based on the size of the property, the level of service provided, and the staging duration. 

While it's an additional expense, effective staging can significantly enhance the property's attractiveness, potentially leading to a quicker sale and a higher selling price.

Capital Gains Tax

When selling a house in Queensland, it's crucial to understand the potential implications of Capital Gains Tax (CGT). 

CGT is a tax on the profit made from the sale of property or an investment. 

Generally, if your property is your primary residence, you may be exempt from CGT. 

However, if the property is an investment, you may be liable to pay CGT on the profit made from the sale.

The amount of CGT can vary significantly depending on various factors such as:

  • The length of time you've owned the property 
  • Any capital improvements made
  • Your personal tax circumstances

It is advisable to consult with a tax professional to understand your specific obligations and potential CGT liabilities. 

This cost should be considered in the overall financial assessment of selling your property.

Mortgage Discharge Fees

If you have an existing mortgage on the property you're selling, mortgage discharge fees are charged by lenders to process the termination of your loan account. 

This fee covers the administrative tasks involved in closing the account, such as preparing and filing the necessary documents to remove the mortgage from the property title.

In Queensland, the mortgage discharge fees can vary depending on your lender but typically range from $200 to $400

It’s important to check with your financial institution for the exact amount you'll be charged. 

Factors that Can Alter the Cost of Selling a House in QLD

Market Conditions

The overall demand and supply in the real estate market can significantly impact costs. In a seller's market, where demand is high, houses may sell faster and for higher prices, potentially reducing marketing and holding costs.

Property Location

Urban properties in high-demand areas might attract lower agent commissions due to higher competition among agents, whereas rural or less sought-after areas may see higher commissions and marketing costs.

Property Type and Size

The nature of the property, whether it's a luxury home, a standard residential property, or a unique listing, can influence the selling strategy and costs. Larger properties or those with unique features may require more extensive marketing efforts.

Property Condition

Properties that are well-maintained or recently renovated may attract buyers more easily, reducing marketing and selling time. Conversely, properties needing repairs might require additional investment before listing.

Seasonal Factors

Selling during peak real estate seasons may result in faster sales due to higher market activity, potentially reducing holding costs. Conversely, off-peak seasons might require more extensive marketing efforts.

Take advantage of understanding the cost of selling a house in QLD

Now that you better understand the cost of selling a house in QLD, you can maximise your property's value while keeping expenses in check. 

Being aware of the key factors like agent fees, marketing costs, legal expenses, and the unique aspects of your property can help you make informed decisions throughout the selling process.

At Harcourts Caloundra, we are dedicated to providing our clients with expert advice and tailored strategies to ensure a successful and efficient sale.

If you’re based on the Sunshine Coast and looking to sell your property, request an appraisal today.

If have any questions or general enquiries, don’t hesitate to call us on (07) 5438 1177 to speak with our friendly team.

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Harcourts Facts

Harcourts has been in existence since 1888. Harcourts International Ltd is the largest real estate group in New Zealand and the fastest growing real estate group in Australasia, exceeding a record $32.4 billion NZD in sold property last year.

Harcourts International Ltd has expanded across the globe

Now boasting over 830 offices in 10 countries including New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Fiji, China, Hong Kong, Canada, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and USA.

Harcourts International Ltd has over 830 offices:

  • New Zealand: 190 offices
  • Australia: 382 offices
  • Indonesia: 35 offices
  • Fiji: 3 offices
  • China/Hong Kong: 41 offices
  • South Africa: 150 offices
  • United States of America: 34 offices
  • United Arab Emirates: 1 office
  • Canada: 1 office

Harcourts International Ltd has over 6,400 Sales Consultants:

  • NZ: 2,388
  • Australia: 1,477
  • Indonesia: 483
  • Fiji: 27
  • China/Hong Kong: 410
  • South Africa: 1,153
  • United States of America: 500
  • Canada: 9
  • Dubai: 6

Community Spirit

Harcourts International has its own charitable foundation – The Harcourts Foundation. Visit our Website.
Our Purpose: “To provide support that helps, grows, and enriches our communities.”

Technology

  • From our online presence, Harcourts properties receive a weekly average of 4 million views.
  • Harcourts has over 1,000 office and sales consultant websites.
  • Harcourts sends out over 65,750 email marketing pieces every day.

Training

The Harcourts Academy is a registered training organisation which allows students to attain national qualifications toward sales registration, property management and full agency licence. Visit Website.

Exclusive Representatives

Harcourts is the exclusive member of Luxury Property Selection in our market place – a unique and exceptional international marketing programme for luxury properties.

Luxury Property Selection combines a unique, lifestyle-search property website, an internationally distributed magazine, together with a selection of exceptional property marketing tools to showcase the very best in luxury and lifestyle property. For marketing elite property internationally, there is no better way to provide maximum exposure for your luxury properties. 

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