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30 January 2015

Seven steps towards selling your home

Seven steps towards selling your home

Marcel Dybner

Is 2015 the year you put your house up for sale?

Whether it’s time to upsize, downsize or simply find a property to better suit you lifestyle, there are few things you should start doing to help you achieve the best possible price.

  1. Prepare yourself mentally Selling your home can be very emotional for most people –  If you are planning on selling your home this year, start thinking of the sale as more of a financial decision than an emotional one. It’s much easier to sell a house than a home.
  2. Do your own research  It’s always best to have an idea of your properties value before you engage a real estate agent so that you can work together on setting a realistic price expectation.Keep an eye out for similar properties and their sale prices, what features appear to be popular and start compiling a list of agents that are getting good results and who’ve impressed you in their approach and follow up.
  3. Find the right agent Finding the right agent can make a huge difference to your selling price and your stress level.  You need to find an agent who’ll work hard, communicate well and will achieve the best possible result for you.The best way to do this is to spend a few months going to open for inspections and auctions in your area and seeing how each agent operates. Make notes as to which agents presented well, showed the property when they were supposed to, answered questions about the property honestly, followed up with you and kept you updated throughout the sale process.
  4. Touch ups If your property is looking a little neglected, it could be worth doing some cosmetic touch ups. A coat of paint, patching up any cracks, cleaning cobwebs and replacing any broken tiles will help make a good first impression to potential buyers.There’s no need to completely renovate your property but speak to your agent about any recommendations they may have to help make the best first impression.
  5. Plan your sale campaign If you want to sell your house for the best price, you have to make it as easy as possible for potential purchasers to buy your house.Get your calendar out and plan wisely (look out for public/religious holidays etc and plan around those).Choose either private sale or auction for your property. This will depend on the type of house your selling and the demand for those type of properties at the time.
  6. Style your home The presentation of your home can have a big impact on the final selling price.Many vendors are now choosing to hire interior designers and stylists to prepare their homes for the sale process. Not only will the house look impressive to everyone who inspects the property, a good stylist will help make your property stand out in all the marketing material and online listings.This can be expensive but will usually pay for itself in the final sale price.
  7. Inspections Most agents will show your house once or twice a week. The good agents will want to show your property more often.Although this may be a bit more of a distraction to your life, being flexible and always prepared to have your home inspected can help attract more potential buyers.It will also give the agent an opportunity to spend more time with buyers if they’re avoiding the large weekend crowds.


If you would like to discuss any of your property needs, whether it be renting/selling your property or buying a property,  please feel free to contact me on 0413 807 344 or you can email me on with your enquiry.

 I look forward to hearing from you.

Martine Harvey
Raine and Horne Double Bay



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I am a mother of 2 living in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. My two passions are Interior Design and Real Estate. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in both industries. I started off working in Interior Design assisting Interior Designer Darren Palmer which was amazing and a great experience. What I loved most was working with such a creative sole as Darren and having the opportunity to source and work with gorgeous products. From there I continued with my other passion in Real Estate. I am now a licenced Real Estate Agent with Raine and Horne Double Bay/Bondi Beach working within the Goldman team (Mark and Barry Goldman). As the saying goes:- "It's a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together" So very true for me and I feel very fortunate to be doing something that I love everyday around my kids and that's also rewarding.

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