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Sell

Selling your home

 

Should you wish to sell your home, feel free to explore the pull down menus under the 'sell' category, or click on the links below, and peruse all we have to offer in this regard.

What you will find

 

 

 

Request a Free Property Appraisal in order to find out the true worth of your house

Realising that Your house is your Biggest Asset when selling

The Harcourts Promise and our plan of action

What you should do when Preparing your Home for Marketing

Latent Defects: What they are and some examples

How to Dress your Home for Success when selling

What we do when Selling your Home

Pricing to Sell: The process

Pitfalls of Overpricing and the results of such

What Next? What Happens Once you have Sold

Moving Home and how to pack effectively

Registration of a Bond: Steps taken to effect registration of a bond

The Transfer Process when selling a house

Advantages of a Sole Mandate versus an Open Mandate

Distressed Sales and being behind on bond payments

How to protect and grow your home equity

 

 

 

How do I know when to scale down?

 

Many property owners who currently own properties larger than they need, wonder when the best time is to sell and scale down.

 

 

 

 

The big question is: When?

 

  • Do you have any health issues that impact on your ability to enjoy your property as you deserve to enjoy it? For example, do the stairs pose a problem? Is this impacting on you physically or emotionally?
  • Are you able to care for and maintain the property as you need to? Large properties, while offering the obvious benefit of space, also come with the added obligation of maintenance. And maintenance doesn’t come without cost. So, if you are unable to maintain your property properly then it may be time to move on. A poorly maintained property will sell for much less than it should – so you could be damaging the value of your asset.
  • Are you able to handle the increasing costs associated with owning a larger property? Increased rates and taxes, electricity, and water costs often put huge strain on the budget and eat away at capital that will be needed later.

 

If you answer “yes” to any one of the above questions then it may be time to consider selling. It’s usually a very tough decision to make. There are many additional questions that will need to be answered such as: Where does all the excess furniture go if we scale down? What will we be able to afford? What are the costs associated with selling and purchasing again? How will be cope with the stress?

 

A knowledgeable estate will be able to give you an accurate appraisal on your home. But be sure to ask for the facts! It is no use planning on a “thumbsuck” or unrealistic value.

 

While it is a difficult decision to make the important thing is that you make it yourself – on your terms. Stay in control of the process be being pro-active and sourcing knowledge and sound advice early.