How to get the best price for your property

How to get the best price for your property

Are you planning to sell your home soon? It is important to prepare your property for the different stages before getting that all-important offer. From making sure your home is decluttered to staging an ‘open house’. Many of the steps below will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can potentially increase value to your property. Here, our experts reveal their advice to get the best price for your property.

1. Setting the bar

“The best price is often achieved during the first four weeks of marketing when the most activity and interest peaks. Get the price right there will be interest many buyers. Get it wrong and the property may remain on the market for a considerable amount of time.  Generally, the longer a property remains on the market, the less money it is likely to achieve.”– Matthew Craker, Fine & Country Brookmans Park

2. Open the doors

“An open house is a good way to get the best price possible. This will generate a high number of viewings and will result in multiple offers and may create a ‘bidding war’. An open house will provide convenience as all viewings can be done on one day and you can prepare the house to look its best. This also gives you certainty on the sale date and puts you in a far stronger negotiating position when other offers are on the table. Producing marketing materials such as a video and brochures are also effective ways to ensure that the best price is achieved.” – Sean Newman, Fine & Country Birmingham


3. Know your stuff

“Instruct the right agent. Buyers may pay more if many people are competing for the property. To secure this level of interest, the marketing must be perfect, innovative and wide reaching. A good agent will know what a buyer can afford or will be prepared to pay for their new home, a good agent will consider this when advising." 

"Avoid ‘fixed fees’ - Consider a fee structure to create incentive for an agent. It is also worth considering paying a higher rate of commission for anything over the asking price."

"Present your home for viewings. It is important to declutter your property as potential buyers will want to look around their ‘new home’. Also, if you have a garden, keep it tidy by mowing the lawn and putting fresh flowers out. A good estate agent will often supply a professional photographer who will be able to offer advice and guidance to create the best possible scenario.” - Richard Carpenter, Fine & Country St Neots

“For most people selling their home is the most important transaction they will ever be involved in and it therefore makes sense to apply a few simple rules to maximise the price of your asset.”


4. Decluttering your home

“Trainers and dirty wellies should be removed from the porch, ensuring positive first impression continues. Ensure that there isn’t too much of your personality overpowering the buyer. Buyers want clear open spaces where they can picture themselves living in. Equally if rooms are too empty and without personality the buyer will want to move on to another room (or house) where they feel more at home.”

5. Not Everyone Loves Pets

“We are a nation of pet lover’s but if you own a pet they may be a distraction to the buyer. We want them to admire your home and if people have an aversion or are afraid of pets, your four-foot-high Great Dane to send them running.”  - Chris Rowntree, Fine & Country Oxford

Are you looking to sell your home? Click here for a free evaluation or click here for your nearest office. 


1st Mar 2017

More from Fine & Country

Britain’s top 20 prettiest summer villages
Few places compare with Britain’s country villages. They offer rural retreats, hidden hideaways and a slice of country life. Prices can vary...
Read more >>
27th Jul 2018
Quiz: Guess the price of these beautiful homes
Do you know a thing or two about property? Do you know the value of a two-bedroom London flat compared to a stately home in Cheshire? Take o...
Read more >>
6th Jun 2018

FINE & COUNTRY LIFESTYLE

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT FINE & COUNTRY

TURN YOUR HOME 
INTO A BESTSELLER


Your home is an unfolding story. This is why at Fine & Country, we use a lifestyle approach to marketing to help people see your home as you see it. We do more than sell houses, we turn your home into a bestseller. Find out how we can help »

SELLING YOUR PROPERTY


Selling your home is one of the most important decisions you make; your home is both a financial and emotional investment. Find out how we can help »

forsaleweb
office_window

INDEPENDENT EXPERTISE


Every Fine & Country agent is a highly proficient and professional independent estate agent, operating to strict codes of conduct and dedicated to you. They will assist, advise and inform you through each stage of the property transaction.

GLOBAL EXPOSURE


With offices in over 300 locations worldwide we combine the widespread exposure of the international marketplace with national marketing campaigns and local expertise and knowledge of carefully selected independent property professionals.

staff
magazine

UNIQUE MARKETING APPROACH


People buy as much into lifestyle of a property and its location as they do the bricks and mortar. We utilize sophisticated, intelligent and creative marketing that provides the type of information buyers would never normally see with other agents.

PARK LANE OFFICE


Access the lucrative London and international investor market from our prestigious Park Lane showrooms at 121 Park Lane, Mayfair. Our showrooms in London are amongst the very best placed in Europe, attracting clients from all over the world.

park_lane_office
98

TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT


An overwhelming majority of those who had used Fine & Country would recommend our services to a family member or friend, according to our most recent survey taken by members of the public.

To achieve 98.96% positive feedback is a privilege and we will endeavour to maintain this result, as we are dedicated to offering the best possible services to every customer, whether buyer or seller, from beginning to end.

MULTI-AWARD WINNING


Our consistent efforts to offer innovative marketing combined with a high level of service have been recognised by the industry for an astounding fifth year in a row, winning Best International Real Estate Agency Marketing at the International Residential Property Awards.

awards_stone
Independent customer reviews



Fine & Country

4.87 out of 5 - based on 966 customer reviews



Estate Agent and Letting Agent Reviews

OVER 300 LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE

Our International Network


Connecting offices on over 300 locations worldwide, our referral system combines local knowledge and expertise with an international network to find the right buyer for you wherever they are, at the same time as finding you your ideal next move

Our International Websites

United KingdomRussiaFranceHungaryCyprusGermanySpainPortugalEgyptUnited Arab EmiratesRomaniaMauritiusMoroccoNamibiaWest AfricaSouth AfricaAustraliaFloridaZimbabwe

SOCIAL MEDIA

We interact with customers on the main social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+, giving each property maximum online exposure.

 

FINE & COUNTRY SERVICES

FINE & COUNTRY
INTERIOR DESIGN


Access Fine & Country Interior Design to put your property ahead and make it stand out. With expert advice from some of London’s best stylists and designers we will make sure it makes a statement. Or if you’re purchasing with us, let F&C ID help make your new house feel like home by helping you find the very best specialists and designers for property refurbishment. Find out more »

development_image1
ifx_3s

FINE & COUNTRY
FOREIGN EXCHANGE


We have partnered with Rational FX, one of the world’s leading foreign exchange specialists to provide private and tailored currency services for all of our clients buying and selling luxury property around the world. Find out how we can help »

MEDIA CENTRE


Our internal Media Centre is a team of experienced press relations managers and copy writers dedicated to liaising with newspapers, magazines and other media outlets to gain extensive coverage for our properties in national and local media.

media_thumb_crop
tileevent

FINE & COUNTRY EVENTS


We organise and attend a series of events throughout the year. If you are interested in attending or if you would like to promote your properties at any of these events, do not hesitate to contact us.View our list of events »

FINE & COUNTRY PUBLICATIONS

foundation_large

THE FINE & COUNTRY FOUNDATION


The Fine & Country Foundation is dedicated to supporting and funding homeless causes in the UK and overseas. Fine & Country offices organise a range of fundraising events for you to get involved in and/ or support. Find out more about our work here. Read more »

*Please, note: for security reasons, the maps on this website do not provide the exact location of the property and they are provided solely as an indication of area.