Your step-by-step guide to downsizing

How to downsize your home like a pro

Are you thinking of downsizing in the years ahead? 

With a combined 20 years of real estate experience and having helped our clients achieve more than $600m in sales over the last 5 years, we are perfectly placed to guide you through your downsizing journey. We have helped hundreds of clients move forward with their lives and their real estate goals.

Downsizing can feel like an overwhelming task. But there are some simple steps you can take to make the whole process simple and achievable.

We have mapped out some things we have learned to consider along the way. 

1-2 years from ideal sale date

Begin thinking and researching where your next ideal location and property type may be. With our experience, we can help with ideas, data, market trends and discuss some things you may not have yet considered for your next move.

One key lesson we’ve learned over the years is not to leave your downsizing plans too late; the more prepared and on the front foot you are with information, the better the outcome is likely to be, and you will be in control of your move, in your ideal timeframe. 

6-12 months from ideal sale date

We can visit your property and give you advice regarding the ideal presentation of your property to achieve the best possible result at sale time. We have contacts for renovations, home maintenance, home and garden preparation, cleaning, just to name a few.

We will make sure your home achieves the maximum sale price and save you from spending on any unnecessary money in preparing for sale. We also have numerous professional contacts for all property-related professions that will guide you through the legals, taxation and any borrowing needs you may have. 

3-6 months from ideal sale date

We have more than 31,000 personal clients on our database and are part of Australia’s fastest-growing real estate franchise group. This gives us the opportunity to showcase your home to buyers well before going to market and potentially save you the time, effort and money required for an on-market campaign.

Many of our sellers have achieved excellent off-market sale results, before ever needing to go to market. Many of our buyers would consider longer settlement periods, allowing you to shop for your next home, safe in the knowledge that your current home is sold and awaiting settlement. We can also guide you through the most suitable marketing strategies for your home to achieve the best sale price possible when it is time to go live on the market. 

We will minimise the stress of your sale and will guide you through the campaign with clear communication and a strategic step by step plan so you are in full control and able to make informed decisions along the way. 

Post sale

After achieving a great result, there are still many steps to consider. From legal requirements, tax, stamp duty, moving home, insurance, potential renovations of your next home, we can guide you through every step to ensure the smoothest transition to your next stage of life.

By Phil Chillemi

If you would like any specific data or trends for any Brisbane or Gold Coast suburbs, or an up to date opinion on the likely selling range of your property, please feel free to reach out any time.