Real Estate Christchurch

If you are planning to sell your Christchurch property this Summer – we want to help you get the best value you can. With the Christchurch real estate market being competitive, it pays to present your house to show off it’s best assets. There are many easy to use tips to help sell your Christchurch property, one being the use of Home Staging.

It’s worth the effort

Although home staging is a time-consuming process, it is certainly worth doing. Over the past 20 years, home staging has become very popular, and for good reason – staging your home can get you a higher price for your home. Potential buyers look at a lot of homes during the house buying process – your Christchurch property needs to stand out from the rest. By focusing on the aesthetics, your properties visual appeals are more readily apparent to potential buyers.

Portray a home not a house

First impressions are invaluable when it comes to selling Christchurch real estate. With home staging, you are able to portray a real home environment, opposed to an empty shell of a house. Potential buyers are looking for a home they can visualise themselves living in – creating a comfortable setting allows buyers to connect with the home. Professional home stagers know how to expose and highlight a houses key selling features – whether it be light, space, colour or architectural design.

Time saver

Staged houses sell quicker. People are eager to move into a new home as soon as possible. Staging your Christchurch property saves you and the potential buyer time in the long run – a staged home is easily packed up in a matter of days, allowing the new home owners to move in faster.

Get in touch with Cowdy & Co today, our agents want to help you sell your home.

Chattels and Fixtures Defined

When buying Christchurch real estate, it is important to understand the difference between chattels and fixtures when there is a transfer of ownership. If you are ever unsure, check with your Christchurch real estate agent, before going through the house buying process.

Chattels are considered items of personal property, that were never intended to be fixed to the house and can be removed without causing damage to the property. Any chattels that are fixed to the land become part of the land and are then known as fixtures. This is expressed in the Latin maxim quicquid plantatur solo, solo credit (whatever is attached to the soil becomes part of it).

A standard chattels list comprises of (but no limited to):

  • Stove
  • Fixed floor coverings
  • Blinds, curtains and drapes
  • Light fixtures
  • Dishwasher
  • TV Aerial
  • Whiteware

In some cases chattels are included in the sale of real estate depending on the Agreement for Sale and Purchase, so it’s important to ask what chattels would remain in the house in a transfer of ownership.

At the most basic level, a fixture is something that is attached to the land and therefore when the land is sold, the title to the land will also include all fixtures. A fixture will always belong to the land owner, whereas chattels may belong to another. Any items that are fixtures will belong to the transferee, and ownership of fixtures transfers as soon as the contract of sale is binding. The seller can no longer remove any fixtures from the property.

A standard list of fixtures includes (but not limited to):

  • Garage
  • Carport
  • Gazebo
  • Garden Shed
  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa Pool

However these may be removed before settlement if expressly stated in any agreement.

It may seem straight forward, but you should always confirm with your Christchurch real estate agent prior to purchasing property– there can be loop holes and shades of grey when it comes to defining chattels and fixtures.

A great test of whether something is a chattel or a fixture is by determining whether it has been fixed with the intention that it shall remain in position permanently or if it has been fixed with the intent that it shall remain in position only for a set amount of time.

Intent is particularly relevant in Christchurch where furniture that would normally be freestanding is attached to the wall to stop it falling over in an earthquake.