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Selling your house

Where to start, what to expect, and things to consider when selling your house

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Start the journey to sell your house

Whether you’re downsizing, upgrading, or simply in need of a change of scenery, there are a number of reasons you might be looking to sell your home.

From starting the sale process to accepting an offer, we help simplify your home-selling journey by connecting you to the right services at the right time.

Preparing for sale

Understand the costs involved and the right time to sell

As a property owner, deciding to sell is the biggest step in the process. Once you've made the decision, there’s plenty of work to be done.

First, take a look at any minor home improvements you could make to increase the value and appeal of your property. A property valuation (a detailed inspection and report of the value of your home) can shed light on potential improvements you can make.

You’ll then need to get to know the local market and investigate the right time to sell. This is something your real estate agent can help with, as well as listing your property for private sale or auction.

Lastly, you’ll need to consider your budget. It’s important to understand the fees and other costs involved in selling your home, such as home repairs or renovations, real estate fees, home staging, photography and advertising, auction fees, conveyancing or legal fees and moving costs. If you’re downsizing, you may also need to factor in costs for decluttering.

Research checklist

When selling your home, be mindful of:

  • The time of year
  • Your preferred sale method
  • How to prepare your property for sale
  • The cost of selling

Valuing your property

How to find out the value of your house

Organising a property valuation before listing your property can help you determine your asking price. During the valuation process, be sure to highlight any previous improvements you've made to your house, as well as any specific items you’d like to keep.

To understand the value of your property you can get a property report estimate, or arrange for a paid property Valuer. A conveyancer will ensure that the final selling conditions are reflected in the contract.

What impacts property value?

The value of your property is determined by a number of factors including:

  • Market conditions
  • Property type
  • Prices of similar properties in your area

Exchange and settlement

Once you've accepted an offer on your property, your real estate agent and conveyancer will help you prepare for the buyer’s building inspection, negotiate the contract and finalise settlement.

  • Exchanging contracts

    This involves negotiating the final sale price and any conditions that need to be included before signing and exchanging the agreed contract with the buyer. Arrange a conveyancer to help with this.

  • The cooling off period

    Once the buyer signs the contract (regardless of when you sign it), they’re given 3 clear business days to change their mind.

    If the property is bought at auction, or is sold less than 3 full business days before an auction, there’s no cooling off period.

  • The settlement period

    This is usually 30 - 90 days and in some cases, can be negotiated with the buyer. On settlement day, your conveyancer works with the buyer’s representatives to adjust any outgoing property costs (such as rates), before signing the final documents and transferring ownership of the property. At this point, the sale is complete.

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More tips and advice for selling a home

Frequently asked questions

When starting the process of buying a house, it’s best to talk to a bank lender, building society or mortgage broker. These professionals can help you determine how much you can afford to borrow for your home loan.

Once you have an idea of your budget, it’s time to start researching property types and areas that suit your lifestyle or intended purpose for the property. For example, if you’re looking for an investment property to rent out, you might consider purchasing a property in a highly sought-after area that is likely to increase in value over time.

When you’re ready to make an offer, working with a conveyancer to complete settlement and ensure all legal obligations are met will make the property-buying process easier.

While planning, researching and finding the right property for you can take as long as you want it to, the settlement process once an offer has been made can generally take between one to four months. During this time, your conveyancer will help you through signing contracts, transferring ownership of the property and making final payments.

Associated costs include:

  • Home repairs or renovations
  • Real estate fees
  • Home staging
  • Photography and advertising
  • Auction fees
  • Conveyancing or legal fees
  • Moving costs.

Costs will vary depending on the companies you choose to work with during the sale process.

You’re not obligated to seek the services of a conveyancer, but they can help take a lot of the guess work and confusion out of the selling process. A professional conveyancer helps you through the settlement process by handling your contract and the transfer of the property title. They make sure you’re meeting all legal obligations, and ensure any required conditions are included in the contract.

It’s always a good idea to arrange a building and pest inspection before selling a property so you’re aware of any potential problems that could affect your asking price.

While you may not wish to complete any repairs or improvements ahead of sale, existing damage and faults may impact your property valuation and potentially deter buyers from making an offer.

Renovations and home improvements can increase the value and overall appeal of your property, but it’s best to discuss potential home improvements with your real estate agent to determine if the renovations you plan to complete are likely to give you a return on your investment..

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