Research the market you selling in

Gain an idea of the market value of your home by searching the internet and reading newspapers for current price listings and recent sale results. Speak with a number of estate agents and attend auctions to not only confirm a price range for your home, but to also learn more on how the buying and selling process works.

Know your options

Explore your options regarding products and services available. Various businesses and industries can be involved in buying or selling a home. These range not only from real estate agents and financial institutions but also to solicitors and conveyancers, tradespeople and removalists. Do some research and shop around for value and a deal that suits your needs. Any information required can be found on agency websites or via a simple phone call.

Make sure you read and understand

This is especially important with contracts you sign. If in doubt about any terms, conditions or the fine print of a contract, ask questions. Additionally, you may encounter a variety of contracts such as agency agreements, contract notes, a contract of sale of real estate or an authority to sell. You will need to comprehend everything you are committing to, both written and verbal. Remember to have any verbal agreement put into writing and if you're still unsure about anything being signed, wait until further professional advice can be obtained.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate

Finally, buying or selling a home involves your hard earned money. To maximise your profit, take the time to negotiate terms and conditions with the various concerned parties and make decisions that leave you satisfied and happy. Many establishments want your business. Doing a little homework on all the above will leave you feeling confident you've made the right choices, found the right people and are dealing with the best agent to help you through the entire buying and selling process.