If you’re thinking about selling, these 5 Facebook groups offer fantastic cleaning tricks, decluttering hacks and money-saving tips!
As an avid Facebook user, I follow loads of pages that are of interest to me. Most of them are about real estate, home, travel, kids and food.
(Actually, food should have been listed first. Once I a saw a cob loaf recipe in my feed, exactly 20-minutes later I was at the bakery buying a cob loaf).
There has been a trend over the last few years to join Facebook groups, or as Zuckerberg calls them, “living rooms” where you can have more intimate conversations and speak privately with other likeminded individuals.
In today’s blog, I thought I’d share some groups that are worth joining if you’re thinking about selling your home. These groups focus on minor home improvements, hacks and money-saving tips which can add value to your home when it comes time to hit the market.
1. Kon Mari groups
Marie Kondo is the Japanese author of the bestselling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and earlier this year she featured in her own Netflix series. I have read the book, and there are some bits which are just plain weird to be honest. Like when says, “thank you for your service” to an old pair of undies before tossing them out. Nope, not talking to my knickers!
But the book does serve up a lot of nuggets of gold sharing tips and tricks which are worth applying to your home if you are considering selling. As we all know, a clean and decluttered home will always be more appealing to potential buyers and will sell for more.
There’s a heap of Kon Mari groups, but this one is the biggest:
The KonMari Method
2. Kmart hack groups
Now this group will contradict everything the Kon Mari Method teaches you. Kmart is full of wonderfully, useful and useless gadgets. Occasionally when a product or hack (or unhacks) is posted on Facebook, it ends up going viral e.g. the vacuum cleaner, the occasional chair, lunchbox hacks, the pie maker and vinyl wrapping – oh hell no!
Sometimes these hacks are great, particularly storage hacks which are cheap to buy and handy for tidying up the home during a Kon Mari frenzy. And I’ve known professional home stylists who have used many a Kmart product or two when staging a property for sale.
Just don’t go too nuts with that vinyl wrap or you could cheapen the image of your home. See exhibit A below:
This group below has 244,800 + members at the time of writing and is one of the biggest. It focuses on hacks and décor, perfect for styling your home on a budget.
Kmart Hacks & Decor
3. Local buy swap and sell pages
Once you’ve Kon Mari-ed everything, Facebook buy swap and sell pages are where you need head next to offload your crap for cash! I find these pages are quicker and easier to use than Gumtree, and buyers can see a running commentary of the progress of the sale.
To find your local buy, swap and sell page, search for your suburb along with “buy swap and sell” after it in the Facebook search bar.
4. Local community groups
Some suburbs have a private community group where members can share what’s happening in and around their area. This is especially useful for potential sellers as they can keep updated with local developments happening in the suburb which may have an impact on the value of their home. You can also ask for recommendations for services including tradies and real estate agents. It’s a fantastic way to hear the firsthand experiences from other locals.
To find your local group, search for your suburb in the Facebook search bar.
5. Barefoot Investor groups
This group is based on the popular book by Scott Pape titled, “The Barefoot Investor”. If you haven’t read it, it’s an easy to read guide which helps you understand the basics of money. It touches on real estate, (mostly the ins and outs of mortgages) and a variety of property-related issues.
This is an awesome group for both buyers and sellers to seek advice and find out what cheaper products are out there that could save you money, covering everything from interest on your home loan to insurance. Last week I discovered if I hit up the CBA, I can get a rebate on solar panels – I had no idea about this?! Cha-ching!
Use the search toolbar within the group to search for “real estate” and you’ll also find a tonne of information about the buying and selling process.
Of course, you must always be wary of taking financial advice from other members. Always speak to your accountant or financial planner.
Shared Experiences Reading The Barefoot Investor Book
Joining an online group
When joining these groups, the moderator may ask you some basic questions. This is to sift through the riff-raff so that only genuine members join. These are non-invasive questions like “do you live in Australia” and “have you read the book”. I’d be apprehensive about joining a group if they were to ask any deeper questions.
Also, the best way to get the most out of any group is to be active. Opposing opinions are always welcomed so long as your responses are positive and respectful. You must read the rules pinned at the top of the page, and if you disobey the rules, you will get kicked out and blocked. Take what you want from them, and if the topic doesn’t interest you just SOB – Scroll On By!
I hope you find the above groups helpful. Are there any Facebook groups you would recommend joining?
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