Tyson Properties Does The Dirty Work!

A shipshape home will fetch a higher price and sell more quickly. That's the rationale behind creating Tyson Properties' new maintenance division. It will provide a one stop service to ensure that homes in need of care are fixed before a property is even listed and a selling price is agreed on.

According to Tyson Properties CEO, Chris Tyson, there is no obligation for clients to use this service. However, it does add value and means that Tyson clients can enjoy assistance at every turn - from preparing properties for sale, to arranging finance, to actually selling them.

"The reality is that first impressions do count. Properties need to have curb appeal - neat verges and a tidy garden, lawn that has been mowed and shrubs that have been trimmed. Oh, and all cars on bricks in the backyard must also find new homes. That way, a potential buyer will enter a house with a positive mindset. Once he is inside, all needs to be spotless. No leaking taps, cracked tiles, grubby floors or dirty walls. The only problem is that, even when major repairs aren't needed, most of us lead busy lives and can't provide the time and elbow grease!" said Tyson.

Enter the maintenance team - Paul Shepherd and Gabriel Delport who tame the 'garden jungles' so that those hunting for a home don't have to beat their way to the front door! "We are a one-stop service provider that eases the stress of selling as well as the actual process of moving. We assess each property individually and quote on improvements. These can include anything from a quick repaint to fixing minor faults to tackling plumbing problems," explained division head Paul Shepherd.

For both parties, it is all about attention to detail and simplifying the selling process. At the outset, sellers are spared the stress of having to find, negotiate with and use a number of different service providers.

"We effectively act as a property assessment agent, accompanying the estate agent, assessing the condition of the property and then providing recommendations and quotations. Should the seller not agree with our recommendations or accept our quotation, these can be passed on to the new owner. That way, he or she will have a detailed assessment and quote before moving in," said Shepherd.

Tyson added: "Our agents often recommend that potential purchasers consider expenses other than the selling price and bond repayments. This includes rates, levies and security services. However, maintenance is another important factor and, instead of a monthly expense, this could entail having to set aside a lump sum to make sure that the property is in good condition from the outset. This could certainly impact on the price a purchaser is prepared to pay for a property."

Tyson Properties' pre-sell maintenance menu includes:

  • Alterations and minor building jobs
  • Plumbing
  • Interior and exterior painting or touch ups
  • Sanding and varnishing woodwork, hardwood flooring and decking
  • Tiling inside and out as well as garden paving
  • Landscaping, which includes tree felling and clearing undergrowth, a general yard clean and removal of garden refuse
  • Pressure cleaning roofs, external house walls and garden walls

"We are committed to completing the client's requests on time and within their budget. We'll work with them to determine the best course of action. Our employees are fully trained to ensure they provide the best quality workmanship. All jobs are also fully supervised," Shepherd said.

In addition to providing a helping hand for sellers, the maintenance division also offers a start-up clean-up to those moving into grubby houses. "We specialise in both pre and post occupation deep cleaning of homes. In other words, we are here to make moves less stressful and the transition into new homes an easy one. The last thing clients want is to pack for days on end and then have to clean the house before they leave. The same goes for having to clean the new one into which they are moving. Most new home owners simply want to unpack and settle in with as little chaos as possible," Shepherd said.

For new owners, they are prepared to wash walls, shampoo and vacuum carpets, clean the inside and outside of cupboards, wipe down doors and door frames, wash windows inside and out and clean sills and window frames, clean all floors including tiles, hardwood and skirtings, clean burglar bars and blinds as well as wipe light fittings, light switches and plug points. Even sorting out messy garages and carting items - including packing trash - to the dump are on the list.

Again, each house is assessed individually to see what is needed and, once the Tyson Properties' handymen come to the rescue, all services are fully supervised

Article by: www.tysonprop.co.za