Selling houses in Australia isn’t easy, but it can be with the right strategy! A recent report on realestate.com.au claims that it takes an average of 66 to 77 days to sell a home. Of course, selling a home depends on a lot of factors, including the method of sale chosen, the sale price, and your marketing efforts. How long it takes to sell a home also depends on where in Australia you want to sell. For example, a home in Colebee, a suburb of Sydney, can take as little as 14 days to sell, while homes in other territories can take as much as 86 days before a sale is finalized. If you are planning to sell your home swiftly, here are a few things you must ensure:
1. Make a Positive First Impression:
It takes less than three seconds for someone to form an opinion about a person. The same is true when it comes to evaluating a home. Just as people judge others based on their appearance and how they dress, prospective homebuyers judge a home depending on how clean and inviting it looks. Naturally, a home that’s sparkling clean with neatly trimmed lawns and a fresh garden is appealing. Also, make sure there’s no rubbish or clutter in or around the house.
2. It’s the Small Things That Matter Most:
Rather than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars completely renovating your home, it makes sense to pursue minor upgrades, for these make the most impact. Consider replacing cabinet handles in the kitchen as well as plumbing fixtures in the bathroom. Adding a fresh coat of paint or even installing new appliances is recommended too. Some renovations can, however, become a liability. For example, adding a pool can be a bad idea—few homeowners are happy to accept the responsibility of maintaining a pool. Also, you could spend on renovations to the point where the home is now valued above and beyond other homes in your neighborhood; this is not good if you want a better return on your investment.
3. Encourage Prospective Buyers to Imagine Themselves in the House:
Turn your house into a blank canvas so people can imagine their lives in the house. And to make your house appealing to a wide audience, you will have to get rid of all the personal items. This includes removing personal photos, memorabilia, trinkets, fridge magnets, etc. Use this as an opportunity to deep clean, that way you can ensure that your home is polished and presentable.
4. Spend Time and Energy on Home Staging:
Staged homes usually sell quickly and for a good price. You don’t have to hire a professional home-stager to help you out. Some of the simple things you can do include deep cleaning, decluttering, arranging minimal furniture to display the scale of the space, and defining the function of every area. You could also make sure the home smells fresh and inviting—place some fresh flowers in the house or roast coffee beans before prospective buyers arrive.
5. Market the Property Well:
Using social media to sell your home definitely has its advantages. List your home on websites and share the links on your Facebook. You could also put up images or a video that offers a virtual tour of the home. And if you aren’t good at such things, I suggest hiring an agent for the job. You don’t have to pay them a commission. Numerous agents can help you with the plurality of tasks associated with selling a home. These tasks include marketing, listing your home on agent-only websites, and negotiations. All of this, and more, can be done for a flat fee.