Top Tips for Selling Your Home
Posted on: 25 July 2018 by Christopher McKissock
Selling your home can be a stressful and lengthy process, but with these few tips, you can make it that little bit easier and quicker.
Preparing your home for a sale can be a stressful process, especially if the market isn’t what you hoped it was, and clinching that all-important deal is taking a lot longer than you had anticipated. However, there a few things you can do during this process that will hopefully make this process easier and that sale come much more quickly.
Find a Good Estate Agent
Having a good estate agent can make all the difference when it comes to selling your home. Do a little research before you hand over the responsibility of selling your property to a company and don’t just accept the first selling fee you are offered. You can even try negotiating with the estate agent if you are feeling confident enough to try and get a better deal for yourself. Try to find an estate agent who uses up-to-date sales techniques such as online video tours of your property and 360-degree images; these little extras can make all the difference and make your home stand out from the others.
Although buyers are aware that all the clutter in your home will be gone when they move, it can be hard to see passed it during the viewing process. A buyer needs to be able imagine themselves living in your space, but if your home is incredibly cluttered this can be much harder to do. Simply tidying away the things you want in storage and recycling everything else you don’t can really transform the look of your home. Don’t feel you need to completely depersonalise your home, but keep it clean and tidy during viewings.
Paint and Fix Up
If parts of your home look in need of a little TLC, why not spruce them up before inviting potential buyers for a viewing. Painting walls a fresh neutral colour can make rooms appear cleaner and brighter and fixing any little issues can save the buyers worrying about having to get it done just as they move in. If you are struggling to do the painting yourself, see if a family member can help or even pay a handyman to do it for you. Investing in sprucing up the small things around your house can pay off massively in the long-term.
Have a Clear Use for Every Room
Having clearly defined rooms can really help increase interest in your home. Buyers will want to be able imagine what they would use each room for if they were to buy your home, so making this easier can really help make that sell. If you never use your dining room and instead have used it store lots of rubbish, it might be best to clear all this out and make it clear that the room can be used for dining.
Know Your Price
The price of your property can make or break a deal. Try to be realistic when selling your home and look at what other similar properties in your area have gone for as well as having a few different valuations made of your home. Also decide whether you want to make things simpler and have a fixed priced or do you want to go for offers over? Keep a number in mind you would be happy to go with and try to stick to this, as long as it is reasonable.
Buyers are often drawn to the character of a building such as exposed beams or original mouldings. If these have previously been covered up or painted, try to restore them to their former glory. These features will be the unique selling point of your home and will likely encourage buyers to offer a little more to ensure they get the sale.
Be Smart About Your Buyer
If you are in the fortunate position of having several buyers to choose from, it is not always the best idea to go straight for the highest offer. It can be safer – especially if you are looking for a quick and easy sale – to go for the buyer who is coming from rented accommodation, ie not in a chain, or the cash buyer who isn’t relying on being approved for a mortgage.