Winter is with us. For what's been a mixed autumn, the winter months in the Cairns Beaches hopefully will be a reprieve from the warmer temperatures the Cairns region has endured over autumn and summer prior.
If you've been feeling zapped of energy, you're not alone. The cooler change will re-invigorate you, bring out the doona from the cupboard and roll out the pool cover for the winter.
Sea spray and salt air can cause a bit of damage to your home if not checked upon. Winter is a great time to run over your property and do a few minor repairs in the cooler months.
Here's our winter checklist to freshen your home and garden, especially if you are thinking of selling.
- Street Appeal - First Impressions Count
How's your house looking? Has the harsh Far North sun taken its toll on the weatherboards? Are the gutters looking a bit flaky? A quick touch up could add thousands for when you want to sell.
Need more than a cosmetic touch up? Don’t have a recommended trades person to carry out the work. Call our Property Management department and our team will be happy to give you some local area painters we use and recommend.
And because we deal with these trades people regularly, you might be able to get a better price.
How's the garden? Flowers a bit drab? Fresh up your garden with winter toughened plants that will boost your home's first impression.
There is plenty of nurseries around with fresh plants that can help you with the right plants you need to be putting into your garden today. And if your lawn is looking shabby, they can help you with the best lawn care products to use as well.
- Kids, Dogs and Obstacle Courses
Yes, we are still in the front yard and what you don't need is a 'kid made' obstacle course leading to your front door. It looks untidy and may cause a visitor to trip and injure themselves; potentially leading to a claim against you.
Get the kids to clean up their toys and remove their bikes from the front lawn.
Also check the family dog hasn’t created a crater that could swallow up a potential buyer when they enter your property.
And make sure you're covered just in case you receive a nasty letter from a solicitor seeking damages on behalf of a visitor who snapped their ankle while tripping over a Tonka truck hidden in the grass.
- Are You Experiencing A Colourbond Moment?
Not everybody can retrieve the morning newspaper from their front yard in their dressing gown and be awe struck by their awesome roof.
How's your roof looking? Loose tiles? Corners that have popped and now letting the rain in causing larger problems including mould. Maybe it just needs a fresh coat of paint or sealant?
Again chat to our property management department and they can refer you to a good roofing expert.
- Create More Space Inside – Declutter
Opening the front door to a hat stand, a pile of umbrellas and a stack of shoes isn't very inviting. It clearly says to your visitors they are not welcome. It's also a major turn off for buyers.
Let's start at the front door. A welcome mat looks inviting and it helps to keep grass clippings and dirt outside. Visit the nearby hardware store to get your mat at a reasonable price.
Remove all the obstacles once in the door. Time for the hat stand, umbrellas and shoes to live elsewhere; maybe even the rubbish bin.
Freshen up the entrance way, living room and bedrooms with some winter coloured curtains and cushions. DFO Cairns, the home of bargain shopping, might be worth the trip. Take a look, it won't break the bank.
- Backyard Bliss
Many a 'century' has been scored on the well-worn turf of your backyard. Fill in the pot holes, add in a bit of 'Sir Walter or blue cooch' where necessary, water regularly and by spring your pitch will be match ready.
Check the dividing fence, re-nail a few wooden palings or replace the broken ones. Thunderous fours to the fence from an aspiring Bradman can take its toll.
The winter months of June to August are some of the best months of the year in the Cairns Beaches.
Winters in Cairns are mild compared to southern Australia, but the cooler weather along with plenty of sunshine is refreshing while allowing you to enjoy the outdoors still in short sleeves.
It's also a great time to refresh our home.
"By being observant around your home, you can potentially save thousands and keep your home looking brand new" First National Cairns Central and Cairns Beaches Principal, David Forrest explains. "Fix little things now before they become big costly ones."
Street appeal is a big factor in selling a home. A well maintained property including trimmed hedges and lawns instantly says that your home has been loved and is less likely to have any nasty repair surprises.
If you are considering selling in winter, book an appraisal with us. You'll be looked after one of First National Real Estate's top awarded offices in Queensland.
Greg Reed - Business Growth Manager