Getting your house ready to sell is a busy and often stressful time. After all, you have to think about everything from repairs and renovations to finding the right property agent, preparing for a property appraisal and packing up to move.
Regardless of your reason to sell – be it upsizing, downsizing, financial reasons, changing your investment strategy, or just for a change of scenery – putting your property on the market and finding the right buyer doesn’t happen overnight. From deciding to sell to actually listing your home for sale can take weeks or months, and then you have the sales process itself to think about before you finally close the deal.
There’s no one-size-fits-all average time for selling a house, but there are some key steps to consider to make sure you’re fully prepared when the time to sell rolls around.
To help you make sure your Ts are crossed and your Is are dotted, we’ve created this handy checklist for selling your property.
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- Make a list of necessary repairs and renovations – Whether it’s minor repairs and tidying up or bigger renovations, chances are there are things you will need to do to ensure you secure the best price when you sell your home. Make a list of home-selling improvements in order of importance and cost so that you can start prioritising work that needs to be done.
- Research comparable property values and your local market – Before deciding on a sale price, it’s important to know where you stand in the market and what’s reasonable for your property. At Upside, we offer free property estimate reports that will give you an estimated value range for your property and comparable sales in your area.
- Research property agents – Choosing the right agent can have a huge impact on your sales process, so it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable with and confident in the agent you choose. Take a look at online reviews and property agents’ websites to compare feedback, services offered, and fees or commissions that are charged.
- Get a property appraisal – Once you’ve done the necessary improvements to get your property up to scratch for sale, book in a property appraisal with your chosen agent. This will be more thorough and personalised than a property estimate, so it’s a good starting point for choosing a sale price.
- Decide on a sale price – You want to decide on a sale price relatively close to listing your property so that it’s indicative of the current state of the market. At Upside, our agents are on hand to offer advice about securing the best sale price while still appealing to prospective buyers.
- Get your documentation in order – Before you go to market, make sure you’re up to date with any required certifications from your local council or other bodies.
- Marketing and photography – You want to make sure your property is displayed in its best light when it goes to market, and that relies on professional photography and the right phrasing for your listing. At Upside, professional marketing and photography is included as part of our flat fee, and we can also offer advice on styling for the photo session.
- Be prepared to show your home – You want as many potential buyers as possible to be able to see your home, so while it’s on the market, make sure you’re ready to show it at a moment’s notice.
- Decide on your settlement date – Some buyers may want a longer-than-average settlement date while others might want to move in as soon as possible. Decide on what’s possible for your situation, and be flexible if possible to broaden your prospective buyer pool.
- Prepare to move – Once the SOLD sticker goes up, it may only be a matter of days before you’re relocating – so make sure you’re packed and have a removalist organised for the big day.
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