1. Set a date in the calendar
If you’d like to sell your house by a particular time, there’s no better way to kick off your selling resolution than to pick a date and work towards that goal. In terms of the current market climate and seasonality, a good real estate agent will be able to assess the local market and help you to determine whether the time is right to sell. If you’re selling a coastal property, summer can be a great time to sell as your property will present well in summer, there’ll be many people holidaying in your area and you’ll likely get more foot traffic passing by your property. Autumn is also a smart time to sell. You can score perfect weather conditions. It’s not too hot, nor cold. The leaves are falling which can pretty up your property. And, there are less people travelling away at this time compared to summer.
2. Find the right real estate agent
To achieve the best outcome for your property sale, whether it be the quickest sale, the best price or both, you’ll want to find the right real estate agent to help you achieve your selling goals. You can use our online comparison tool to compare real estate agents, including their commission information, marketing strategies, sales history and independent homeowner reviews.
3. Repair and replace
If you’ve got a little bit of time off over summer, it’s a great opportunity to organise repairs leading up to your home sale. In terms of DIY, here are some ideas:
- Installing new light fittings
- Installing new storage units
When it comes to getting tradespeople in, you may want to think about the following repairs:
- Electrical work
A good real estate agent will have professional connections with local tradespeople who they can put you in touch with.
4. Clear the clutter
If you’ve got a couple of days free in January, why not kick off the year by organising your belongings to help you prepare for your sale? Decluttering helps you create more space in your home which will help you attract more prospective buyers. The following strategies can help you create more space in your home.
- Give away one item each day for the remainder of the month
- Donate unused goods to charity
- Purchase storage boxes / shelves
- Tackle one room at a time
5. Compare similar properties
If you want to get an idea on pricing and average time spent on market, you can look at properties similar to your own in your local area. It’s a good idea to compare properties that are of a similar size and era to your own. Is there anything other sellers are doing that you’re not? Why did they achieve the selling price they did? You can either replicate what other sellers have done to achieve their selling price. Or, if you’d like to achieve a higher selling price than comparable properties, you and your agent can brainstorm ideas that will make your property stand out from others in order to achieve a higher price.
6. Stage to impress
A good real estate agent will be able to give you tips on how to present your property for sale. They may even suggest that you hire a professional home stager, who can style your home to help you achieve the maximum sale price – it’s entirely up to you whether you go down that path. You don’t need to go overboard with home staging. A clean, tidy house with a few vases of flowers and some fresh cushions or towels is sufficient! It’s a good idea to stage your home before you get professional photography done for your listing, and keep it staged throughout the selling campaign.
Once you’ve appointed a real estate agent, they’ll be able to help you with all of the above. Compare real estate agents at LocalAgentFinder, including their commission information, marketing strategies, sales history, independent homeowner reviews and more.