Anything that has something to do with the house is one of the biggest headaches for everyone. Renting, selling or buying, it can all get very stressful. If you’re selling, not knowing where to start makes things even harder. To lessen some of that stress, here are some tips from industry experts on what to consider when selling your home.
Features to highlight – Property guru John McGrath said that when selling a home, some think it’s the kitchen and the bathrooms that should be highlighted. But contrary to popular belief, he says that family areas are actually the best features to highlight as people want to envisage their own family in the living spaces of a home. “Formal dining and lounge rooms have collapsed into casual living spaces and I think the casual living area’s really important,” he said.
Consider the season – When selling your property during winter, there are several things you need to think about. It is different when selling your house during the summer. Things like the warmth of your home, both literally and aesthetically, are important to consider. There are some tips on the things you need to consider like having more light in the house and cleaning up drainage and gutters so there are no embarrassing puddles. Check out this list from the REISA for more tips.
Find the right agent – Make sure you get the right agent for you. Companies like RateMyAgent exist to help vendors find the right agent. The site is the number one in Australia for real estate agent rankings and reviews, with over 3,000 reviews added every week from genuine vendors. All vendors reviews are linked to actual property sale details (like address, sale date, sale method, images, floor plans etc) so users can see agents selling homes similar to their own. They allow users to see the most recommended agents per suburb, most number of sales, highest average sale price and so on.
Make a list – Create a checklist of things to do so you can be on track of what needs to be done and who needs to do it. Things like areas of the house that need touching up such as the entrance (very important as it’s the first thing everyone sees), letterbox, front garden, fence and water features. Also remember to write down things inside the house that you want to improve like cupboards, new flooring or fresh carpet and fixing little cracks. Make sure all those dripping taps are fixed too. If you had pets in the house, remember to air out the house so the pet smell doesn’t linger when potential buyers come in.
I’m sure there is a whole bunch of things to do that was not mentioned here. But if you find the right agent, the burden should be lighter on you and your family.
Disclosure: This is in collaboration with RateMyAgent.