The sales process


Selling your home is a big decision, so it’s important you get it right. That’s why we’ve created this quick overview of the various steps involved in selling property, so that you know where you stand every step of the way.

1. Picking your moment

Before your property goes on the market, there are a few questions to ask. Things like, “what kind of homes are selling?” or “in what areas?” or “what’s happening with interest rates, capital gain and rental prices and yields”.

We’ll make sure you understand all these things and have the answers you need before your house goes to market, helping you maximise your potential to sell your home. You might also like to visit our resources section which contains the latest housing price and rental reports, or check out our sold properties to give you an understanding of market conditions.

The best way to get a feel for what your property is worth is by getting a free property appraisal.

2. Understand your rights

We pride ourselves on our professionalism and urge all of our clients to understand their rights by visiting the REA website.


3. Choose a salesperson

Your salesperson will expose your property to the marketplace and negotiate with buyers on your behalf, so finding the right person is an important part of the process. Click here to find a salesperson.

4. Why choose Lodge Real Estate?

We are Hamilton specialists with over 90 experienced residential salespeople. All our salespeople are free to introduce their buyers to your property which gives us greater reach and selling power. This in turn, gives your home more exposure and gives you a better chance of getting a premium price.

5. Preparing your house for sale?

Before you put your house on the market, it’s important to know your competition, the market and make sure your house is looking its best.

The art of presenting a property for sale is an important one to master. Presentation is often the reason that two properties that appear the same on paper, sell for vastly different prices.

Use our House Preparation guide to get your home ready for sale

6. Finding a lawyer

Before you sell a property, we recommend that you seek your own independent legal advice. Finding the right lawyer is an important part of the buying and selling process. Agency Agreements and Sale and Purchase Agreements are legally binding, so consult a solicitor before you sign.

How to find a solicitor?

If you don’t already have a lawyer, seeking advice from friends is a good place to start. Otherwise you can contact the New Zealand Law Society

7. Choose how you want to sell

We will help you to work out the best way to sell your property that’s right for you and your house. Find out more about different selling methods and types of agencies. See our guide to auction sales.

8. Marketing your property

We pride ourselves on holding nothing back when it comes to promoting your property. Find out more about your marketing options with Lodge. Speak to a salesperson today.

Top selling tip - You can’t sell a secret

The more buyers who know your property is for sale, the greater the opportunity you have to achieve a premium price. For more information speak to a salesperson

9. Accepting an offer

By law, all written offers - irrespective of price - must be presented to you. Our salespeople will be there for advice and will help guide you through the process. Our salespeople are skilled negotiators and will work with the buyer, on your behalf, to get you the best price possible.

Once your offer has been accepted:

10. Settlement

Settlement day is the date on which the balance for the property is paid. Usually it is the same date as the date the buyer takes possession - the keys - but that is not always the case. There’s a fair bit that goes on between unconditional and settlement, to help you understand the process see our page on From Sale to Settlement.

You've sold your property. Congratulations!


Ready to start the process? Get in touch!