5 Tips on selling your House

5 Tips on selling your House

5 Tips on selling your house: written in collaboration with RateMyAgent.

We are currently in the process of trying to sell a property that we’ve been renting out for years – it isn’t earning us anything and our bills, well, they need a-paying.

I’ve bought and sold 6 properties (gosh, I’m old!) and I’ve learned a lot over the years and thought I’d share my tips on selling a house with you.

I’d love to promise that these tips will guarantee a sale but, of course, I can’t!  However, they have worked very well for me and I hope will give you some ideas if you are thinking of selling up soon.

1.  Staging is everything

Staging is the process of getting your home to look as appealing as possible to your buyers.  Ideally, you want to have an idea of who your target audience is and stage your home with them in mind.

For example, if your home is a 3 bedroom house in the suburbs, it might well appeal to young families.  With that in mind, think about what they will be looking for in a family home: lots of room for the kids to play, ample bedrooms, clever storage solutions etc.

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If you’re currently using a small bedroom as a home office or games room, is it worth putting a bed in there to show prospective buyers that the room is big enough to accommodate one?

Or is your garage full of so much ‘stuff’ you’ve accumulated over the years that you have to park on the street?

For a lot of buyers, a home with sufficient space and storage is key so aim to fully utilise your rooms so that those buyers don’t immediately question if your house is big enough for their needs.

2.  Find an Agent you trust

Your real estate agent is your ambassador, representing your home and your interests, so it is imperative that you trust them 100%!

A positive relationship with an agent is essential when managing expectations, stress and the generally unsettling process of selling your greatest asset. Your agent should feel confident communicating their honest opinion at all stages of the selling process so your expectations are always managed!

RateMyAgent is Australia’s number 1 real estate agent rankings and reviews website and was created to help vendors find the right agent. They allow you to see the most recommended agents by suburb/region, the most number of sales, the highest average sale price and the number of active listings an agent has plus so much more detail!

The site has 100,000+ verified reviews with 2,000 new ones added each week. Every review is linked to a recent sale so this means you can read reviews from people selling property just like yours.

They are completely independent so you can be sure that all reviews are genuine!

3.  Minimise clutter

Part of the process of staging and getting your house to look presentable of course includes tidying up before photos are captured and inspections take place.

Take this opportunity to get rid of clutter, especially anything you do not need to take to your next home.

Have you got piles of paperwork lying around? Or are your worktops full of unused and unloved nick nacks? Just me?!

Be as ruthless as you can because a clutter-free home looks really appealing to prospective buyers and shows them your home at its very best. Some buyers are unable to see past clutter or décor they don’t like so it’s incredibly important to keep your interiors clean and minimalist. Try and do the hard work for them in order to make a positive impression.

4.  Get your photos right first time

When you put your home on the market it’s so important that your photos represent your home in the most positive light possible!  That means they need to depict your home as appealing, bright, clean and free of mess.

A buyer will look at a brochure or the internet sale page and if those photos are not good, or even worse there are no photos, the chances of them looking at your property again are slim.  So if you need to redo the photos down the line, you’ve already limited your buying audience.

When we sold our tiny 2 bedroom home in Sydney, we had SO much stuff that we had to move it from one side of the room to the other when the photos were being taken!  It took a lot longer to take the photos but it meant we had beautiful, minimalist photos online that attracted a lot of potential buyers.  We did get rid of the same ‘stuff’ before viewings started by the way!

5.  List at the right time

Deciding when to list your property will depend on your motivation for selling your house.  You might need to cash out quickly even if it means taking a loss.

However if you are in the position of trying to get the highest offer for your property and time is on your side, it pays to know when to list.

Ask your real estate agent for their advice on when their busy and quiet times are.  For example a lot of Australia ‘shuts down’ during the Christmas period so if you’re thinking of trying to sell in December, your agent might advise you to wait until January (or they might not!).

The best scenario is always going to be getting everything right first time – the right price, the right presentation, the right photographs, the right brochure and the right agent.

If you have to make changes to any of these throughout the process, you’re automatically on the back foot with prospective buyers.

Now with all the above in mind, I hope our house sells soon!

Do you have any tips for selling properties?

Or any suggestions of what not to do?

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  1. Robyn
    26th February 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Great tips Mim, we’ve only sold one house in a seller’s market, so we didn’t have to do much. We did have an amazing agent though. She was great at suggesting how we might make some spaces more usable, like turning a large entranceway into an office space as well. Good luck with the property you’re selling now :)

    • 27th February 2016 / 11:10 am

      I love it when agents have recommendations about staging and making the best of the space – we’ve had some wonderful agents who have really helped us with that and we’ve reused those tips for future sales too. Thank you!

  2. 26th February 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Great tips. I think you do need to be really proactive when selling your house and a big part of that is having an Estate Agent who you trust. We had to move from ours as we didn’t think they were doing a good enough job and with a day of it being on with the new one it had sold! #thelist

    • 27th February 2016 / 11:01 am

      That’s so true – you have to have absolute faith in your agent – they’re completely representing your needs :)

  3. 28th February 2016 / 4:23 am

    Great tip. Totally agree on the staging one especially – can’t understand people who don’t even make the bed or do the washing up!

    • 29th February 2016 / 1:24 pm

      Oh I know – that has to be the very least effort doesn’t it :)

  4. entertainingelliot
    28th February 2016 / 6:52 am

    We sold our house last year and one of the worst things was keeping it tidy when we had viewings! There’s tidy..and there’s uber tidy which was what I was going for with the viewings but that was so difficult with a toddler around!!! #thelist

    • 29th February 2016 / 1:23 pm

      I know what you mean – keeping the place tidy for viewings even without kids can be a challenge, let alone with them! x

  5. 1st March 2016 / 5:02 am

    Fantastic tips! Selling your property can be so stressful, hope you sell your own soon x

    • 1st March 2016 / 12:10 pm

      Thank you so much! Ah it really can be stressful – hoping for a nice quick sale :)

  6. 3rd March 2016 / 7:15 pm

    Great tips :) I’d also say that pricing is the key, no need to be greedy as you will just keep buyers away if the price is too high for what it is worth. Not always easy with your own family home, but you have to try be objective with it!

    • 3rd March 2016 / 7:23 pm

      That’s so true – and if you have to reduce the price it immediately puts you on the back foot with buyers.

  7. Herman
    20th May 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I totally agree with the above listed points. All these points should be kept in mind to sell our house as soon as possible. And yes hiring a real estate agent can help a lot for house selling as they have extensive knowledge about making a perfect deal.
    They can even price the property perfectly as overpriced property can fail to find a client.
    great tips buddy..!!!

    • 23rd May 2016 / 10:44 am

      Thank you!

  8. Hazel Owens
    26th May 2016 / 3:15 am

    I think that finding a trustworthy real estate agent to help sell your house is a great idea. I haven’t sold a house yet, but when I do, I’ll want someone who can bring a professional opinion to the table and answer my questions honestly. Doing some online research and finding reviews will probably help me find a good agent when the time is right. Thanks for the article.

    • 26th May 2016 / 12:38 pm

      Thank you and you’re right, it definitely pays to do your research for a good agent.

  9. PinkHomes
    17th June 2016 / 9:07 pm

    You have some great tips here for selling a house fast. Nothing is worse than having your home sit on the market for weeks and weeks with no one to buy. In my opinion, the tip about increasing your curb appeal is a great one, one would definitely help sell a home faster.

  10. Lora
    30th June 2016 / 6:39 am

    Thanks for this great article

  11. Ridley Fitzgerald
    20th October 2016 / 8:08 am

    Selling a home doesn’t have to be a chore. I agree with all of these tips you have, especially the one about finding a good agent to help. They know the home market in the neighborhood, so with them by your side, it’d be a lot easier to sell!

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