The decision to sell the family home can be a daunting one, memories with loved ones. However, decision to sell the family home, as your either want a better place/location, downsize as the family has grown up and left, or upsize, as the family is growing.
First of all, renovate the house, on a tight budget to sell, use the mind and not the heart. Paint with neutral colours (whites, creams or yellows) and turn that ugly duckling into that beautiful swan to sell. Then shop around for a good conveyancer/solicitor and a good agent. Agents will provide you with market appraisals, on their opinion, what the house would sell for. No harm getting a registered property valuer, to help you with prices, especially when thinking about an auction. A good performing agent will assist you, not only with the market appraisal, but also with property styling and advise you, which selling method is best, private treaty or auction.
Next, for the open home, to help with selling, make sure house all clean, lawns mowed, flowers/roses for the living areas and kitchen. Nice rainforest style music and blueberry muffins fresh out of the oven also helps with the open home. The agent will perform their job at the open homes, keep you updated and present sale offers to consider and help negotiate to right sale price.
Best time of the year to sell is of course the Spring month, when the flowers are out in the garden and the weather is perfect with friendly sunlight.