Nigel Smith • Selling Lifestyle Rural Properties


Just a short list to help make your home’s presence on the “Properties for Sale” list as brief as possible. If you want more information or help call Nigel anytime.

First Impressions Count...

Go out and stand at the roadside and have a good hard look at your lovely home. This is what potential buyers will make their first and often strongest judgement on the value of your home. Is it at its best? Would a bit of hedge trimming, lawn mowing, garden weeding, water blasting or a spot of paint go amiss? First impressions last.


In the hustle and bustle of daily life we often don’t pay much attention to familiar things....potential buyers do. It’s spring cleaning time regardless of the time of year. Clean everywhere. Nothing says “I’m a damp house that’s uncared for” than mould in the corners. And keep it clean for the duration of the marketing period.

Make Some Room...

Here is the No.1 Selling Tip we have. Get rid of the clutter! Whether it is rarely used toys, boxes of winter clothes or furniture you can’t bring yourself to throw away, get it out. Hire a storage unit or ask family or friends if you could store some stuff at their places while you sell. A home full of stuff you have to navigate around says “tiny” to a buyer. The more room you can create while still looking homely and comfortable will scream “big”, “open” and “spacious”. Clear tables, benches and dressers of everything except a couple of stylish knick-knacks or ornaments.

Sort through and clear out cupboards and storage areas. It will look like you have twice the amount of storage space.

Little Jobs...

Attend to all the little things you have been meaning to get around to all that time. The broken door handle, the window that won’t shut, the cracked window. That bit of peeling paint.  Some buyers will see things like this as a sign of poor maintenance and start to wonder what else may be wrong that you can’t see.

Not so little jobs need some thought. Is it worth repainting the ceilings, extending the deck, replacing the rotten window sill, installing an outside light? Would one coat of paint on the living area walls cover up a thousand little nicks and scuffs and make it look brand new? If in doubt ask Nigel, he will know exactly what is worth the investment of your time, energy and money and what isn’t. Use his expertise.

Don’t Take It Personally...

Take a moment and step into the shoes of the potential buyers. You want them to be able to imagine themselves and their family feeling right at home in your house. It’s easier for someone to do that if they aren’t constantly reminded everywhere they look that it isn’t their home. Personal photos, kids’ artwork in the living areas, certificates for coming 3rd in the discus ten years ago....slip them away out of sight. Take some of your personality out of the house so the buyer can imagine some of their’s coming in.

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“My husband and I spend over 2 years looking for dairy farms around the county, in both the North and South Islands without too much success. After leaving information of our requirements with various agents, Nigel Smith from Harcourts was the only agent who took up the challenge, which lasted another two years. During this time we changed our plans to go dairy farming but weren’t sure what to do. Nigel was very patient and understanding, making suggestions such as chicken farming and orchid growing. He not only showed us places in Taranaki but took us to Whangarei, Tauranga and Rotorua.

I highly comment him on his extremely safe driving and enjoyed his company and positive cherry manor and sense of humour. We are grateful for the time and effort he put into helping us find our property which we are extremely happy with. He still pop in to say hello when he’s in our area which is always welcomed.

We wish him all the very best in the future and hope our friendship will continue. Our kindest regards and many thanks to you Nigel.”

Donna and Royden Hancook

“Now that we have settled into our new home we wanted to drop you a line to say thank you. As you may remember at the outset we reviewed several agencies and agents before deciding who we wanted to handle our sale at Coatesville. As the property was different and therefore had appeal to a limited market we wanted to be sure we chose someone who would be as enthusiastic as we were about it. We have to say we feel we made the right choice with you. You never lost the belief that you would find us the right buyer and continued to do all you could to find them even after we had a conditional offer. Naturally we were delighted when you got us a better cash deal that enabled us to stop biting our nails and get on with purchasing this place.

We love out new home and are very appreciative of the part you played in getting us here. We hope business continues to flourish for you.”

Pam and John Morris

Don’t just take my word for it, read what others have to say.

  Nigel Smith    P. 09 451 9333    M. 021 434 917    E.

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