Steps to Selling
Prepare your property for sale, have a garage sale, thin out furniture and belongings, let the light in, wash some windows and mulch the gardens, then call the agents, you want them to be as impressed as the buyers who will come later.
Invite 3 local agents around to have a look at your property and show you similar ones that have sold in your vicinity. They will suggest the best way to market it and should give you a written proposal. Just keep in mind when we need more homes to sell we can't just order more from the warehouse. The lowest fee and highest quote should be a trigger for deeper investigation. Many agents still ask for advertising money for the marketing of you home but the good ones should already be in contact with buyers who will be interested in your home. Try and choose an agent you feel comfortable with, a friend or neighbours recommendation is always a great start.
The agent you employ will have you authorise an agency agreement listing fees and expenses plus the agency or contract period, don't be afraid to ask for an initial trial period if you haven't dealt with them before. You can list for 1 day to 120 days it's up to you how long.
Get out of the home when buyers are coming through and definitely take your best friend for a walk when you do.
Make a list of all the properties you are competing with in your area, knowledge is power and there is a narrow window for a successful sale. You need to know what the buyers are looking at so when you get an offer you will know whether it is a good one or not.
Your agent should provide you with a written activity report every week, noting all offers, buyers comments plus copies of the advertising.
Once you have found a buyer and agreed on a price you will sign the contracts, pop the bubbly, book a removalist and start packing. Some contracts are executed with a cooling off period to allow the purchaser to arrange finance and do any checks, sometimes they will do these first then sign unconditionally, keep in close contact with your solicitor or conveyancer regarding proceedings.
Most people leave dishwashers and pool equipment but be very specific with your agent when listing and again during negotiations about what is staying and what you plan to take with you.
Once the contract is sealed is the time to see if the buyer is interested in buying anything else like bar stools, pot plants or furniture don't get bogged down with this during negotiations as it can complicate things.
Prior to the settlement day your agent will confirm a time to do a final inspection with the purchaser to make sure your going away party wasn't too big a hit. Leave out any instruction manuals, warranties, alarm instructions and spare keys plus a forwarding address if you want any mail sent on. About a week prior is the best time to arrange with the post office to forward your mail to your new address.
Keep your property fully insured right up until settlement, your insurance company will switch it over to the new one once settlement has taken place.