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Selling Tips

Timeline to Selling

Are you planning to sell your home this year? How long do you think the whole process takes?

 

Based on the thousands of home owners we work with each year, we’ve found some common factors for getting your timing right. 

 

Spring Season Starts Now


It normally takes around four weeks to get your home ready for sale. This includes things like decluttering, gardening, any minor repairs, painting, and other odd jobs.


Two weeks to meet with agents, choose who you want to work with, and list. This is usually done by appointments spread over several days, with your shortlist of potential agents visiting you at your home to give you a current market appraisal and discuss their recommendations on the best way to take your property to market. 


One week to prepare your marketing materials. This includes things like installing a sign board, preparing your floor plan, photos, and brochures, and publishing your home on property websites and/or in the newspaper. 

 

...And once you’ve found the right buyer and have a contract in place... 

 

Another four to six weeks until settlement. The average length of settlement in SA right now is around 6 weeks (42 days), but most settlements will range between 30 days and 90 days.

 

If you add all of this up, it comes to about four months. 

 

This means that if you’re thinking of selling in Spring this year, you realistically need to start planning for it now. 

 

- And that’s real estate. -

Choosing an Agent

When it comes to selling your home, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is who to trust with the task.

 

But how do you make that decision? There are many good agents out there and they operate in many different ways, so it can be hard to know that you're really comparing the parts that matter.

 

Regardless of your suburb and your home's potential price range, there are some key things you should look for when choosing an agent. These include:

 

  • Clear communicator – are they easy to reach, proactive, a good listener?
  • Good tools and systems – do they have a plan? 
  • Client testimonials – what do others say about them? 

 

If you already have a few agents in mind, you might consider visiting some their current open homes. This will give you a sense of what it feels like to be on the buyer's side: does your agent feel approachable? Do they seem knowledgeable? Do they make you feel welcome? The experience you receive at this 'test run' is likely what potential buyers will experience when they attend YOUR open home, so make sure it's at a level you're comfortable with.

 

At the end of the day, it’s all about you as a customer and achieving the best possible result for your needs. Choose someone who is client motivated and puts you first.


 

- And that’s real estate -

 

 

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