Selling a house can seem like an enormous task, especially to someone who hasn’t sold a property before.
If you’d like to be more clued up on how to sell, then we’ve got just the advice you need. Angelique Basten here, housing consultant for Easie housing by vb&t, guides you through the selling process.
- Instruct an agent/company
The first step is to decide how you are going to sell your property. The options are: through a high street estate agency, an online estate agent, by yourself or through a quick-sell provider. What avenue you go down is dependent on you and your situation. If you decide to go through an estate agent it is important you trust the agent you are instructing and they have good reviews. The process of selling your house can be long and drawn out so you want to make sure you have an agent you get on well with.
- Set your sale price
In order to sell your home, you will need to get your property valued in order to set a sale price. The agent you selected will help you with setting the market value. Look out for an agent that can demonstrate how they got the value of the property based on the m2 price in your suburb. A valuation will give you a guide and recommended price, but ultimately it is your decision.
- Get your home ready
If viewings are taking place on your property, it is sensible to spruce up your house and make sure it’s always looking its best. If you can it is beneficial to give your house a fresh coat of paint, or patch up any marks on the wall – it goes a long way. Light and neutral colours are known to attract prospective buyers, as well as lots of natural light, so make sure to keep the windows clear of furniture, and open the blinds and curtains. Mirrors are also a great way to make rooms look more spacious.
We offer a great solution for people that have accumulated a lot of stuff over the years and are not ready to part with it. The Easie box. The container can be delivered at the convenience of your doorstep. Simply fill the box with the excessive items you don’t want in the property during the sales process and store them for later use.
We will provide you with a login for our website where you can upload all the documents we need for the sale of the property.
- Wait for an offer
The conventional selling process through estate agents is very much a waiting game. While you may have initial interest, offers can easily fall through so it’s wise to try not to get too excited when you receive an offer. There is still a long process that follows and until you exchange, you’ll never really know if the sale is going to go ahead.
In some cases the agent may advise for a bidding procedure. This is usually done when a lot of people have shown interest.
- Negotiate the contract
Once you have received an offer you’ll need to work with your agent to decide all the finer details, everything from what fixtures and fittings will be included in the sale to how long will be allowed between exchange and completion. No doubt the buyer will have some queries regarding the sale as well.
The transfer of title happens at the notaries office. This is when the final contracts are signed and exchanged. It also means that if the buyer pulls out they will lose their deposit.
At this stage all payments are settled and you will also receive the keys to your new home.