Selling Tips

agent-6selling your home is a complex procedure.

whether it’s your first time, or you’re an experienced seller, it’s very easy to overlook things and to feel stressed. whilst you should always feel comfortable asking questions, this “event roadmap” might help you stay on track.

step 1 before selling

  • select an agent
  • sign a listing agreement with your agent
  • arrange a vendor’s statement (section 32) through your solicitor / conveyancer

step 2 marketing your property

  • agent receives vendor statement from your solicitor conveyancer
  • agent prepares marketing campaign and advertising materials
  • prepare your house for buyer inspections
  • agent conducts buyer inspections
  • agent negotiates price to your satisfaction

step 3 accepting the offer

  • offer is accepted
  • agent gets contract signed by buyer and collects a deposit
  • contract signed by you and exchanged with buyer.
  • cooling off period expires and any special conditions are fulfilled
  • sale becomes unconditional (sold)

step 4 settlement

  • settlement period begins
  • settlement takes place
  • move out

preparing your home for sale

inside presentation

  • think about hiring furniture or even employing the talents of an interior designer. your agent should be able to help you here.
  • make sure all doors work well (handles turn and lock smoothly, and doors don’t jam)
  • open curtains and blinds to allow as much light in as possible.
  • remove clutter
  • rub lavender oil into door jambs to provide a soothing, clean smell.

outside presentation

  • replace all cracked and broken glass
  • ensure all gates work well (handles and locks work and gates don’t jam)
  • remove leaves from gutters
  • replace broken fences or missing palings
  • mow the grass, mulch the garden beds.

leaving nothing to chance

  • ensure your agent knows what makes your house a home – explain why it has that special ‘feel’ for you – point out its’ highlights. this will help the photographer create advertising images which truly capture the feeling of the home.

inspections / open homes

  • try to be out of the house when buyers inspect as they will feel more comfortable
  • make sure the house is a comfortable temperature
  • brew some coffee before each inspection (freshly ground is best), as the aroma creates pleasant associations for buyers