Selling property: what are the costs?

Clean-up/minor repairs

Whether it’s a fresh lick of paint or a garden tidy-up, there’s a good bet your home will need something fixed before you put it on the market.

Typical cost: $1000-plus

Property styling

If your budget allows, getting rid of any run-down belongings and hiring someone to replace them with cool stuff may be a good option. This is called property styling, or showcasing.

Typical cost: $1,500-$5,000


Typical cost: 0.5-1.0% of your property’s value

Agent’s commission

Commissions vary around the country, with percentages usually lower for higher-end properties.

Typical cost: 1.5%-4.5% of your property’s value

Auction fees

If your home is going under the hammer, paying the auctioneer is another cost to bear in mind.

Typical cost: $400-$1,000


If you engage a conveyancer or a solicitor, you will need to pay a fee. How much can depend on multiple factors, so it may be a good idea to obtain a number of quotes in advance.

Typical cost: $1,000-$2,000

Pest and building report

Typical cost: $500-$700

Mortgage discharge fees

You may have to pay fees to your lender when you sell your home. These can include mortgage discharge fees, settlement fees and government fees.

Typical cost: $150-$600