How To Sell Your Home Quickly
Most homeowners who look to purchasing a new family home will need to progress onto selling their current property to let them move forward in the process. The equity that you receive will be used as your deposit for whatever property you are planning to move into.
There’s always a safe minimum number in which the seller is willing to accept in order to agree to a sale. However, there are factors that can present big differences in the time it takes for the house to be purchased, for example how it is marketed and presented on the market.
Though make sure you don’t aim too high or too low just to guarantee an offer. The offer should tie in with the odds for the area so you shouldn’t just go with the Estate Agent who suggests the highest potential sale price. The way you enter into the market is a pivotal moment to how many viewings you receive. If it seems that you get no initial interest, then there may be a good chance that your property has been over-valued.
Some potential sellers tend to delay from putting their houses onto the market until they have seen one that they are aiming to buy. If you find that this is you and you’re after a quick sale, some tips are provided to increase your chances of selling more quickly.
The first tip would be to view your house as if you’re viewing it for the first time as a potential buyer then if something doesn’t look right to you, it won’t look right to another. An advantage for most houses is if they have a good ‘kerbside appeal’ as it creates a first good impression this includes attention to keeping your fences intact and tidying up any outdoor items such as barbecues. A garden full of well-placed flowers does wonders as it can add colour to the outside of the property and can create a more pleasant scent.
If it appears that you look after your home then the potential buyer will be under the influence of thinking that the inside will look just as nice inside as it does outside. Something simple will do the job such as a freshly jet-washed drive or neatly cut lawn to provide the ‘feel good factor’.
The same goes for your front door, make sure to clear any clutter that may be in or around the garden such as children’s bikes and toys, etc. It is important to make sure your front door feels welcome, perhaps it is a good decision to treat yourself to a new doormat whilst you’re revamping.
Once you’ve got the front out of the way – you can now go room to room. You should focus extra attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.
Your bathroom is a factor most people overlook. Present this room as spotless as you’re able to with items stored out of sight which aren’t in daily use and co-ordination between towels and flannels is a nice added touch.
The idea of ‘space’ is always a way to entice. Anything that is being stored outside of cupboards should be moved to a place out of sight or if it’s not needed… thrown away. As handy as the shed is to store things in for the meantime, sometimes the viewer may want to look inside your shed so make sure not to overfill it with junk – the same goes for your garage if your buyer drives, they’re going to wanting a decent space for parking.
Interiors are best to look well-kept. Freshly painted doors and polished brass fixtures means that it worn down features of the house become more upto date and will hold a more refreshed appearance. It is also best to tighten up loose screws around the house and make sure that doors and locks move smoothly and efficiently.
A relaxed atmosphere will make your buyer feel more at home so it’s best to avoid having pets or young children around whilst the viewings take place. On the other hand, if it’s a family home which you are selling it can be nice to project that image to the buyer with family pictures. It is also important to remember to offer them space whilst they’re viewing and not to crowd them. If appropriate, let them walk around on their own to provide them with opportunities to talk between themselves.
Well-lit rooms offer a clearer appearance and shows that nothing is being hidden, especially in the darker rooms. All curtains and blinds should be open and all lightbulbs should be working. If you have any interior plants, it’s advisable to trim them down to an appropriate size.
Overall your house should be immaculately clean. All aspects should be checked over such as repairs and all fabrics should be washed and presented in a well-presented manner including:
Plain painted walls create the idea of a place that the buyer is able to personalise, wallpaper should be avoided. A seller should not only appeal to the eye but also a fresh scent or good airing and clutter-free spaces create a more open atmosphere for potential purchasers. If something appears to have a funky smell about it that you notice, it’s best to remove it as this can deter potential offers.
People buy from people, so it’s always more appealing if you do the viewings yourself as the seller. You will know the property more than anyone and the best features to show off alongside any small issues that they may need to be aware of to provide a more balanced view. Estate Agents do want to earn their commission but will have limited knowledge about the property you own.
The projection you offer about your own experience is the main factor when it comes to selling your home. It helps to accentuate this factor to show how you’ve developed an emotional connection to your home and created great memories meaning so will the future buyer, especially if they’re looking for a family home.