Top tips: How to sell your home faster

Top tips: How to sell your home faster

When buying a property, people tend to take their time when choosing their next home. It is after all, a life changing event.  However, when selling a house many tend to want to sell quickly in order to move into their new property. We have some top tips on how to sell your house quickly and efficiently.

Freshen up

Simon Bradbury from Fine & Country St. Neots suggests that tidiness is key to selling your house. As the old adage goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” which cannot be more accurate. Flicking through many homes advertised, it is clear that a big problem is clutter. A kitchen with dishes on the counter or a driveway full of weeds, these are all negative aspects that may scare off potential buyers. Prospective buyers want to see clean and spacious houses so they can plan their move and picture how they might want each room. Make sure that rooms have a new coat of paint, repair fences and eliminate any strange smells -  these are all crucial things that need to be thought about.

Friends all around

It is also important to have on hand a list of reputable sources such as a plumber or an electrician that has previously worked on the house. Many prospective buyers may not know the area and it is nice to inform potential buyers about the neighbourhood and what it is like to live in the area.

Have a list of really local trusted services available for a prospective buyer. A recommended plumber and/or gardener is always useful as are lists of local community groups, access to facilities and recommended restaurants etc.

Back to the future

Older properties have a lot of history but may be out-of-date. As mentioned previously, renovating can increase the quality of the property.

Zoie Hawker from Fine & Country Portugal advises that a cost-effective renovation can sell your home faster. The most important thing here is to bring older villas that were built more than 15 or 20 years ago up to modern standards. In some cases, this can be as simple as installing a new kitchen, re-tiling the swimming pool, fitting new bathrooms and maybe even replacing old single glazed windows with modern double glazing. Other things to also consider are things like central heating and air conditioning which are not usually fitted in older properties but can be an important fitting to have and often buyers will look for these things. Also, make sure you use plaster for the walls instead of the generic paint on cement as this gives a tough exterior.

Time the sale correctly

Spring usually comes out on top when choosing the best time to sell your property as people are less busy with Christmas celebrations or away for the summer holidays. Additionally, homes will look better and there is an ample amount of sunshine available. If you are trying to sell to a family, you should remember that many will be away during the summer holidays. However, this is the best season for sunshine and seeing the garden in full bloom. During the winter months, many people tend to be focused on spending on Christmas festivities. Another good season for selling is Autumn. There are no major holidays during this period but if you do find a buyer make sure you move quickly because after October, the housing market takes a little slump.

Get the price right

It is always tempting to go for the highest valuation that you receive, but remember to be realistic. Do check the prices on properties that are close by or have similar characteristics so you can get an idea of what price to aim for. If your price is too high, the property will linger and it will be hard to sell. Pricing your property lower will attract more interest from buyers and can also increase the chance of competitive bidding, and may even sell for a higher price.

Hide your furry companions

If you own any animals, try to get a neighbour or a family member to look after them while the viewings are taking place as some potential buyers may either be allergic or can get a little scared of our fuzzy companions. As cute as they are, it won’t help sell your property if pets are there and will only remind buyers that animals have lived at the property.

Make sure any accessories such as dog dishes or cat litter trays are removed or at least hidden from view. Also, pets tend to give the house a distinct odour that you may be used to but others can smell. Don’t try to cover up odors with air freshener as this will only cover up the smell for a limited time; instead have a professional cleaning company come in to deep clean your home or use enzyme cleaners.

Snap happy

Ensure all photos taken of the property are of a high standard or have been taken by a professional photographer. Nobody likes to see a photo of a property that is blurry, messy or is clearly not up to standard. Many prospective buyers tend to start their search online and will ultimately decide whether to view a property based on the photos they see online.

Take the home out of your house

De-personalising your house is one of the most important things to do before selling your property. The more personal items are scattered around, the less likely that potential home-buyers can imagine themselves living in the house. What may be a home to you, may not be a home to others, so put personal belongings in storage and keep the property clean. Excess memorabilia, an animals chew toy or family photos should be stored out of sight. Staging your home for viewings is important, having a clear floor and wall space can showcase your property in the best light possible.

Storage and lighting is key to a good home

Many potential buyers will snoop around and look in every nook and cranny of the house, you can never have enough storage space. If you do have ample storage space, do make sure that the areas are clean and neatly organize what is inside. Light also plays a part when trying to sell a property. Buyers won’t want to buy a property that is dark and eerie. Clean the windows, change old lampshades and cut the overgrown bushes in the garden to let the sun shine through.

Know your property

When selling a house, you might be spending more than you imagined. After all, you’re meant to be selling not buying additional items. Surveys can seem like a big expense and a hassle but it’s better to be aware of any underlying issues before you sell your house. You don’t want a potential buyer to find a fault in the roof or something wrong with the pipes upon viewing the property. There are two parts to having a survey done: a condition report, HomeBuyer’s report and a building survey. The cost may vary depending on the location, size and type of the property. Surveyors will charge different amounts, so it’s best to have a thorough search before deciding on the right surveyor. It is better to correct the issues before selling rather than having them found out during the sale.

Finding a good agent is fundamental in selling a property quickly, too. Contact one of our agents who will be happy to assist you. Click here to contact your local office and arrange a free valuation. 

27th Jul 2016

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