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6 Things To Do Before You List a Property

By Lachelle Ferguson

1. Research & plan

Before you consider selling, research the market, focusing on properties in your area. Is it a good time to sell? Where do you intend to move next? What’s your budget, including moving? You don’t need all the answers, but you should develop a clear set of goals and have a realistic view of your finances before you invest time and money into preparing for sale. Speak to our Ray White agents who will update you on the current market in your suburb and will provide you with an appraisal on your property.

2. Secure & maintain

If your property needs major repairs, ensure these are taken care of before you look to tempt prospective buyers. Make sure your home can pass inspections with flying colours. Don’t neglect smaller items, like replacing fixtures, patching holes, locks on windows or leaky taps. It’s the details that often make or break a home. Speak to our Ray White agents who will best advise you where to spend your money to maximise the value of your property.

3. Spit & polish

If you’ve been putting off that big clean up, now’s the time. You’ll need a thorough, head to toe scrub to get an accurate assessment of what your property is worth, and have the best chance of enticing a buyer. Wash, buff, wax, freshen up with paint and remove unsightly wear and tear. Remember the importance of curb appeal. Spruce up the garden for optimal first impressions.

4. Make the emotional break

Arguably the most important step before selling your property is being able to bid it farewell and no longer see it as a home. Focus on your future rather than the past, and make peace with your property as a product to be marketed and sold.

5. Find a great agent

A great agent makes all the difference to your listing, and ultimately, your sale. Here at Ray White we understand the market nuances of your area. We will provide you with the Ray White Know How to best prepare, present, market, and sell your property for the highest possible price.

6. Dress for success

Presentation, presentation, presentation! Get rid of clutter and overly personal items so buyers can picture themselves in your property. Invite as much light as possible, and remove unpleasant smells (like traces of pets).  Your Ray White agent can offer an objective review before your home hits the limelight. For certain properties our Ray White agents will recommend professional stylists to attract more buyers and create more competition to get the highest selling price!

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