Selling your home? Here are the first steps to take


If you’ve decided to sell your property, unfortunately, you can’t just stick a ‘For Sale’ sign out the front and hope for the best. There are a few things you should check off to ensure you get the largest return from your property and aid in the selling process running smoothly.

Choose a quality agent

Word of mouth is an excellent way to find a quality agent. Ask your family and friends about their past experiences when they’ve sold their property. Also, most real estate’s will have customer reviews on their website, however, in most cases, the reviews will be positive which may not highlight the agent’s true colours.

Additionally, try to find a local real estate agent. Using an agent who is not from your local area is likely to have less open homes or be available for the occasional mid-week walkthrough for prospective buyers, as they have further to travel and it may be out of their way. They may also not have adequate knowledge of the suburb and key selling points for your property.

Ultimately, the real estate agent will be representing you to potential buyers, and it is important that you feel comfortable around them.

Prepare the paperwork

Preparing paperwork is never a fun job. However, it is an important part of the process. To make sure the process goes smoothly, ensure you have all necessary documents ready. This includes a copy of the Contract from your legal representative.

Don’t take things personally

When selling your home, remember it’s a business transaction and to take out all the emotion. You might receive feedback that may not match your feelings about your home, however, to ensure you get the best deal, don’t take it personally.

Your property won’t sell itself

Sure you may think your home will just sell itself, although, if you would like to get the most out of your home you may want to consider presenting the property in its best light. Listening to your agent’s advice could be your best bet and aid you in getting the best financial outcome. Something as little as a lick of paint could make the world of difference.

Speak to your broker

If you are looking at selling your home, it is a good idea to talk to a mortgage broker to discuss your options after selling. Whether your next step is to buy a similar home, upgrading or building, a mortgage broker will be able to discuss what options are feasible for you.

Surround yourself with a good team

A good team will communicate with each other which will keep you informed of any issues that arise throughout the sale. If you would like the process to run as smoothly as possible, get yourself a reliable mortgage broker, conveyancer and agent. As previously noted, speaking to your family and friends to get their advice on their past experiences will help you find the right people.