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4 Tips for: How can I sell my home right now?

In this post, Martha MacLaurin-Wood and Belinda list the Top Tips for How can I sell my home right now.

Tip 1: Know what motivates you to sell, sell for you

A lot of people are very much motivated by their personal finances. If you’re selling your big family home, you’re trying to take some of that money out of the bricks and mortar to invest it into potentially an investment property, maybe you’re moving into a smaller property or a retirement village or even shares. Whatever motivates you, you want to get that money out somehow. The only way to get your money out is by selling a prepared home. It allows you to springboard to get that done efficiently and effectively in this market.

This is the reason why I wrote my book, Rightsize Your Home: The Empty Nester’s Guide to a Stress-Free Downsize. I want to make sure the Rightsizers bring their motivation back to within – it’s all about you. It’s not about anyone else. If you still have a partner, it’s you and your partner and what you want. I always like to think that if you can put yourself in the center of the process, everything else will fall into place and you’ll get more out of retirement.

Tip 2: When YOU are ready

It’s important to sell your house when you’re able to make all the decisions and you are the one in control.

That means, if you wait too long, your kids or consultants are having to come in and help you or do it for you. Then you may not get the benefit of that change in the same way, you would have a better retirement if you do it earlier than that scenario and you are able to choose the exactly right property at the next step for you.

The last chapter of my book talks about success stories of people who’ve jumped in and done it. If you can get more out of retirement and you can see that maybe your home is not serving the purpose you bought it for.

Tip 3. Present well

Presenting well really comes down to, in my experience, having a look at what you have: Showing off the bits of key pieces of furniture that you love, what looks great at home in your house, and packing up all the memories. You know, it’s not to say that you have to empty every wardrobe or clear every bookshelf, but it gives you a chance to get rid of some of the things that you don’t need right now or that you’re not going to bring to your next property. You can do that in a systematic way of sorting room by room. Also, nothing makes the house look and feel better than a coat of paint. Some fresh flooring, a big pressure clean, washing windows, good trim, and maintaining the lot – don’t forget that.

Tip 4. Buy & Sell – remember the changeover

Well, I certainly think that no matter what happens, if you’re buying and selling in the same market, say you put your house on the market for sale, you get 10% over what you’re asking chances are, you’re going to have to pay 10% more than what the person selling their unit was asking. It works out to be the same. The good thing about selling a big home right now, and going into something that’s smaller is the gap. Prices of large homes are, as we’ve seen, still being supported by the market. So just trust that if you’re buying and selling in the same market, it’s going to serve you well.

Today’s blog is a nugget from last week’s Right Size Your Home Online Workshop. Every Friday at 10:00 am, join me as I take you through the Rightsize Your Home a framework to help and support you move through the process effectively and efficiently with a practical, step-by-step roadmap on how to overcome the fears and challenges of Rightsizing and plan to make the journey a fun, stress-free and profitable process.

This Online Workshop is full of tips and guidance on How do I Even Sell My Home Right Now?

With over a decade of experience as a Property Makeover and Change Specialist, I have spent many years helping transform homes and lives. My experience in helping those looking to Downsize has led me to write my first book – Rightsize Your Home – The Empty Nester’s Guide to a Stress-Free Downsize, available to download or in hardcover.

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