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For those that have ever had to sell their home, you know that one of the most stressful parts of the experiences is finding the right agent. Let’s be honest, selling your house is not an easy task, and for those that have not had to experience this… bless you. It is one of those times that relying on friends and family recommendations of agents can be key to a successful sale. It is not something you want to take lightly, let alone “pick out of a hat.”. Those tips and tricks from people around you who have experienced the perils recently can be priceless.

We, fortunately, have not had to sell our home, but some key tips I have been told from my nearest and dearest who have gone through the selling of their home include:

  • Try to sell in either autumn or spring: it is generally lighter, making the home lighter. And no one wants to really stand around on a cold Winter’s day….
  • Declutter: Minimal is key for any space. Ideally, put many of your items in storage. Think of the space you are trying to sell.
  • On inspection days, buy fresh flowers and place them in a vase: Make the home homely.
  • Give your house a fresh coat of paint: sometimes investing in a few minor touch-ups will make a huge difference for potential gain.
  • Create emotional connection: Show your property at its best with its best potential. Give people the opportunity to imagine themselves in the home.

And what if there was a way to find that agent through recommendations, that don’t come through friends and family? Think of an online community where people rate agents, comment on agents and recommend the best agent in the area.

RateMyAgent’s main focus is to help you, the vendor, find the right agent, allowing you to see the most recommended agents in each suburb/region, most number of sales, highest average sale price, and number of active listings. The site has over 100,000 verified reviews with 3,000 new ones added every week. Sometimes you may not want to ask and communicate your intentions with your nearest and dearest so reading online reviews are your best option.

I have to be honest, I am one to do my research on absolutely anything. Whatever I am in need of purchasing, I am constantly seeking reviews from others, people I know and complete strangers. So why should selling your home be any different?

Do you have any house selling tips? 

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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama

    Afraid not – I’m one of those people that really dreads and loathes having to put the house on the market. And guess what, we’re likely to be going it again in the next 12 months! *hold me*

  • Deborah

    I’ve done it a couple of times in the last 15yrs or so and will be doing it again soon I think. It can be really stressful but I think it’s the combo of buying, selling, mortgages and moving that all adds up so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

  • Denyse Whelan

    I found that ‘interviewing’ agents was our way of finding who we felt most comfortable with and who we believed we could count on when we sold in the heat of the Sydney market in Spring ((almost Summer) 2014. I wanted an agency with a great reputation and one where the RE people were keen and competitive. We selected after 3 ‘tried’ for our house. We listened to all we were told by the agent (even though there were a couple of things we may have not agreed with initially) and he did it. He got over the price we said we’d be happy to achieve and in just ONE open house. Mind you, we did sooooo much hard work in getting it ready. I should write a post myself! I also wrote on ratemyagent about our guy. Our next step (one day) is to buy…so I will be looking again at the site.

  • EssentiallyJess

    We’ve only sold once and did it ourselves so no agent. It works quite well for us at the time. I have no idea what I would do in the future though. I’d like to be able to first buy a house to sell. :)