9 Things to consider when selling your house

Ways to increase the resale value of your home


Here are, 9 things to consider when selling your house, especially if it’s your first home, is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly. You can schedule jobs like re-painting, de-cluttering & trimming the hedges, all of which will help with the sale. Here are things you might want to consider when selling your house.


Hand in hand with your finances, 9 things to consider when selling your house includes the price you want for your house. What you bought the house for, and what you want to get out of it, are irrelevant. What matters is the current real estate market in your community. An appraiser will accurately tell you the true value of your home. Don’t ignore their recommendation and market the house at too high a price or you’ll put off buyers. Remember, those buyers have agents who can tell them if a house is priced too high.

Contract of Sale

Make sure you have a contract of sale prepared by a licensed conveyancer or solicitor, ensure it’s all in place from the word go. Are there any issues with the house that would prevent you from selling it?  This will slow the process down if you have not prepared for this from the start. What if you discover that your mortgage has a prepayment penalty? Talk to your conveyancer/solicitor to ensure there’s going to be no issues and that you have everything you need in place to help your sale go smoothly.

Choosing an Agent

You will have plenty of choices when it comes to choosing an agent. There is certainly no shortage of agents in your area looking to sell your house. You can either choose a big name company or franchise or instead hire a local agent. There are pros and cons to each approach. A big company will probably cost more and you will get a more personalised service with a smaller local agency & the local agent truly knows the community like no other.

Who is your likely Buyer

When getting your house prepared for the big sale, consider your target market. Do you live in an area with a lot of young families or conversely is it mostly peopled by down-sizers? Think about the likely buyer of your home and stage the house accordingly.


The first step to de-clutter and depersonalize the space. Look at your home with fresh eyes and take down decorative items specific to you (like family photos) and de-clutter each room to maximize the space. Simply leave enough furniture in each room to show its purpose.

Finish off odd Jobs

Finish all of those odd jobs you’ve been meaning to get around to, from fixing dripping taps to cleaning moldy grouting. The houses which sell quickest are those which don’t need work done to them. Leave small jobs undone, and potential buyers will worry what else you haven’t done.


A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to brighten up and refresh a dated home. Choose white or cream to maximize the sense of space, and to appeal to as broad a range of people as possible.


Nothing is a bigger turn-off to potential buyers than a grubby property – so pop on your rubber gloves and start cleaning. The less a potential buyer has to do, the more they can imagine themselves living in your property.

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Post By Carolyne Hawkes Northern Beaches Estate Agents