How to make an offer on a house

Private Seller Checklist for Selling Home

1. Pricing Your Property

  • Determine the asking and minimum price.
  • Research comparable sales and market reports.
  • Inspect similar properties and note their conditions and presentation.
  • Understand unique selling points of your home.
  • Calculate total costs (original price, renovations, repairs, legal fees, etc.).
  • Set a realistic and competitive price.

2. Legal Preparation

  • Engage a solicitor or conveyancer for legal documentation.
  • Prepare a Vendor Statement with relevant property information.
  • Draft the Contract of Sale.
  • In some states, prepare an Offer & Acceptance Form.

3. Preparing Your Home for Sale

  • Enhance curb appeal: clean front yard, remove clutter.
  • Declutter and depersonalize interiors.
  • Maintain and beautify the garden.
  • Ensure all fixtures and fittings are in good working order.
  • Upgrade exterior and entrance aesthetics.
  • Organize and tidy the garage.
  • Minimize and/or update furniture.
  • Optimize storage areas.
  • Clean and prepare the kitchen.
  • Get professional cleaning for carpets, drapes, and upholstery.
  • Create a welcoming ambiance with pleasant aromas.


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4. Marketing Your Home

  • Take high-quality photos (consider a professional photographer).
  • Create and distribute an informative brochure.
  • Develop a compelling story or description of your home.
  • Install a sale sign to increase visibility.
  • Utilize social media and word-of-mouth for promotion.
  • Schedule and advertise Open Inspection times.
  • Prepare necessary disclosure forms.

5. Conducting Open Inspections

  • Ensure the home is clean and tidy.
  • Play soft background music.
  • Create a welcoming aroma.
  • Turn on lights and open curtains/blinds for natural light.
  • Secure personal and valuable items.
  • Display necessary documents and brochures.
  • Set up signage for easy location.
  • Collect visitor details for follow-up.

6. Negotiating and Handling Offers

  • Understand and compare the terms and conditions of offers.
  • Verify buyer’s financial capability and contingencies.
  • Be open to counteroffers and negotiations.
  • Understand different types of offers (subject to finance, sale of buyer’s property, building inspection, valuation, unconditional).
  • Familiarize yourself with the cooling-off period and its implications.

7. Finalizing the Sale

  • Confirm insurance responsibilities during the contract period.
  • Understand clauses like early release of deposit.
  • Know the specifics of an unconditional contract.
  • Manage the settlement process effectively.
  • Conduct a final inspection to ensure the property’s condition.
  • Coordinate with legal representatives on the day of settlement.

8. Post-Sale Considerations

  • Ensure all utility services are transferred or canceled.
  • Notify relevant parties (postal services, subscriptions) of address change.
  • Keep copies of all sale documents for your records.
  • Plan for your relocation, including hiring movers if necessary.

9. Miscellaneous Tips

  • Be prepared for the emotional aspects of selling your home.
  • Stay informed about the current real estate market trends.
  • Keep a flexible and open mindset throughout the process.
  • Seek feedback from visitors to improve future showings.

Additional Resources

  • Consider hiring a home staging professional.
  • Stay updated on local real estate laws and regulations.
  • Use online platforms and real estate websites for wider exposure.


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