1. Change your mindset
It might sound airy-fairy but it’s important to come to terms with the fact that it’s not your home anymore.
Understandably, some people are very attached to their things and a home they may have lived in for many years, but it’s important to not take it personally when an agent or property stylist suggests a change.
2. Enlist the best agent you can
When it comes to selling your home there are few people who will be more helpful than a great agent.
The best tool for this is right here on realestate.com.au: Find and compare agents and also ask for recommendations in your area.
Once you’ve found your agent you need to listen to them and take their advice. If your agent says paint, then paint. They know the area, they’ve got the experience – trust that they know what they’re talking about. If they’re giving you really practical advice then it’s a no-brainer.
A great agent will not only help with the logistical side of selling your home but the right one will have a fountain of knowledge about the specifics of your area; they’ll know trusted tradespeople and have the experience to be able to give you the best advice
3. Be your own project manager
At the beginning of the process, before the listing goes live, write up a timeline.
Figure out what needs to be done and set the plan for when it will happen. Each weekend do one job until everything gets done.
Get rid of the kids for the weekend to make sure they’re not around when it comes to the inspection. Send them off on the Friday night before an inspection; it’ll be one less stress for Saturday morning.
4. Get prepared to live in a showroom for weeks
It goes without saying that the house needs to be clean, but we suggest preparing yourself for a time of living in a showroom-like space for weeks, if not months, while you have inspections.
Do yourself a favour and don’t throw any parties or host large dinner parties if things are likely to get messy.
Make life easier for yourselves and postpone these until you can throw a housewarming in your new place.
5. If you can afford it, move out
The best-case scenario during this time is often upping stumps and moving the family out of the space altogether.
This will come at a considerable cost, however, so you need to weigh this up with the rest of your priorities.
6. Organise storage
We suggest finding a place to store the family mementos, excess furniture, photographs and less-than-beautiful belongings.
Find somewhere to put your stuff. Whether it’s in a storage facility or a friend’s garage – take this opportunity to embrace the move and start getting yourself and the family ready for the next stage.
7. Make it easy for buyers
Consider pre-purchasing the building and pest inspection report or a strata report (if strata-titled) and making it easily available for buyers to download for free.
A lot of buyers are very risk-averse and being transparent as to the condition of the property will help build trust with the buyer, and help them confidently make an educated decision.
8. Have your property styled professionally
Nothing frustrates buyers more than listings with poor-quality photos, lazy presentation or a lack of basic information like floor plans.
The more information you can provide buyers, the easier it will be for buyers to imagine themselves in the property, become emotionally attached and ultimately make a quick decision
Styling a home is more than just making it look pretty; it’s all about showing off the home to its maximum potential.
By adding in the right furniture and decoration, stylists can create cosy nooks and extra entertaining spaces you might not have even considered, which could add considerable value to the home.
Property stylists will help you present all the great aspects of your home to their full potential and minimise anything that’s not a selling point.
9. Hire a cleaner
If you’re a household with kids or pets, it might be worth considering enlisting a regular cleaner and not just around the times you’re having inspections.
Keeping the house at the level of cleanliness that buyers expect is no easy task, so don’t be hard on yourself if you find it stressful and time-consuming to maintain that.
Professional cleaners will get the job in half the time and it’ll be easier for you to maintain between visits.
Article from realestate.com.au/lifestyle