The ultimate guide for first-time Homesellers
For first-time homesellers, selling your home can sometimes feel like stepping out into the wilderness.
Between finding an agent, setting a price guide, staging your home for sale, and the last-minute renovations, there is a lot for first-time homesellers to juggle. No wonder more than 75 percent of homesellers say that selling their property was a stressful experience. Well, we’re here to help – we’ve put together a little go-to guide for first-time homesellers.
Get your finances in order
Before selling your home, you need to figure out if you can afford to. Sounds counterintuitive? You need to factor in fees such as hiring an estate agent, conveyancing fees, any early repayment charges on your mortgage, and home improvements such as styling and renovations. We can help you pay for the latter, but more on that in a bit!
Hire an agent
If you’ve spoken to an expert you can trust and decided that selling your home is the right financial decision for you, now is the time to find a real estate agent. Even if you’re assured you can handle the process yourself, you need an agent. They are highly trained to sell your home using their knowledge about both the local and national property markets, such as setting the price guide and whether you should sell by auction or private treaty. And that’s just the start of the decision making!
Professional styling is a must
The value of property styling has been proven. Research has shown 87 percent of agents agree that home staging will help you get a better price. That’s because professional styling helps potential buyers visualise themselves making your property their home. And it goes without saying that good styling will make everything look like brand new – even if it’s really not! With BOWERBIRD Interiors Styled to Sell, you also have the option of flexibility to pay later with BOWERBIRD BLACK. Whichever way you look at it, styling is a worthwhile investment to increase your chances of a fast, lucrative sale.
First-time homesellers often make the mistake of either completely renovating their home or completely neglecting to fix noticeable flaws. The sweet spot is to choose your renovations wisely – refurbished flooring or a fresh lick of paint can easily make the home look bigger, brighter and brand new without breaking the bank. This is also something we can project-manage through ASSIST by BOWERBIRD, so if you’re looking to sell your first home get in touch and we’ll be glad to help you put together a bespoke package for your needs.