How to sell for the best price
WE ALL want to secure a good price for our homes, and timing can play a key role.
Spring is seen as the ideal time to sell homes – and not just because gardens are looking their best, says Mortgage Choice.
Warmer weather entices buyers outdoors, and the new owners can be settled in by Christmas, something that’s important for many.
But that’s not to say other times of year should be avoided.
The property market can be quieter in winter, and fewer listings means less competition, which could help you secure a higher price.
The cooler seasons can also be a great time to showcase winter-friendly features like an open fireplace.
Are you sale-ready?
More important than the time of year is knowing when you’re ready to take your home to the market and achieve the best outcome.
Your property needs to be in tip-top shape to attract buyers.
Even minors flaws can see the price knocked down.
Think too about whether you have the time to keep your home looking immaculate for buyer inspections.
Have your home looking its best Regardless of the season you choose to sell, listing your home for sale involves a few non-negotiables.
Give your place a thorough top-to-bottom clean up.
A garden makeover will create kerb appeal, so trim overgrown trees and hedges, mow the lawn, replace dead plants and weed and mulch flower beds.
Deal with maintenance issues such as peeling paint, worn or marked carpets or cracked window panes.
Give you home a thorough declutter to make it appear more spacious or consider bringing in a home stylist.
Think too about which time of day brings most natural light into your home’s interior.
Discuss this with your listing agent to ensure the best possible marketing photos and open home inspection times.
It’s the little extra steps that can add up to a higher selling price, regardless of season. Are you finances in good shape?
The right time to sell can also hinge on your financial situation. Your broker can offer useful tips on what you can do to boost loan approval with your preferred lender, and organise home loan pre-approval, giving you extra confidence during price negotiations.
Talk to your broker to find out if now is the best time for you to sell, and benefit from good advice tailored to your needs.
Selling your home is all about presentation and street appeal.