Selling tips

Method of Sale

When it comes to selling your property, there are a variety of methods of sale to choose from:

  • Private Treaty
  • Public Auction
  • By Negotiation
  • By Tender
  • Discreet. No Signs/No Opens

While each has its own advantages, it is advisable to speak to your agent about the benefits of each method and discuss which is the most suitable method of sale for you and for your property.

Our company has successfully utilised all these methods but generally we have found sale by Public Auction to be the most effective method for coastal properties due to the high demand of buyers wishing to live near the beach.

Where a property is likely to attract more than one qualified buyer an auction encourages competitive bidding which frequently results in achieving a sale price in excess of the Owners and Agents expectations.

Phil McMahon is a dynamic auctioneer who has won the prestigious and much coveted Golden Gavel Award for the Best Auctioneer. Phil McMahon and John Muscat provide a formidable auction team who are widely respected for their outstanding auctioneering skills and results.

Phone Phil McMahon on (08) 8295 5818 (International 61 8 8295 5818) to discuss the best method of sale for you and your property.


Presenting your home


Prospective buyers initial feeling about your home could help ensure a quick sale- perhaps even boosting the sale price by thousands of dollars.

  • Make the exterior of your property as attractive as possible to prospective buyers. Ensure your garden is tidy, lawns mowed, edges trimmed, garden beds weeded and paths are swept. Roll up the garden hose and add a splash of colour by planting some flowers.
  • Clean out your garage, carport and sheds.
  • Clean your windows.
  • Make sure all your light bulbs are working. If your house is dark or it is winter, increase the wattage of your light bulbs to make the rooms look brighter.
  • Keep your kitchen area spotless including the stove top, oven, sink and clean out the dishwasher.
  • Be aware of odours and air the house prior to the open. Perhaps even put on a pot of brewing coffee and arrange some fresh flowers.
  • Remove all valuables and minimize the number of personal photos on display.
  • Take pets away for open inspections and all their bedding and dishes keep well out of sight.
  • Scrutinise your property with a buyer’s eye and make note of any particular areas in need of attention. Eg broken taps, faulty light switches, chips in plaster, marks on walls. Sometimes a friend can help cast an objective eye over your home with you.
  • Remove all unnecessary fridge magnets etc from the fridge door.
  • Place new air freshners in the toilet.
  • Light your fire or combustion heater if it is a cold day.
  • Have some soft music playing in the background.
  • Remove any excess furniture to give the impression of spaciousness.
  • Clean the bathroom thoroughly of any mould and replace the bathroom mat and towels with clean ones.
  • Don’t be tempted to cram your cupboards- buyers will look everywhere.

The First Open Inspection


It is only natural to have last minute nerves before your first open inspection.

Generally purchasers are looking more carefully at the details on their second inspections.

We will never send buyers through your property without first giving you notice.

If a buyer should approach you directly never show them through yourself.For security reasons always direct buyers to your salesperson who will make these arrangements.