Given the huge level of demand for property in the United Kingdom these days, many people believe that selling a home is simple. After all, if there is such a strong level of demand, surely any home will sell? This isn’t the case however, particularly if you are looking to sell your home for the best possible price. When it comes to selling your home quickly and for the best price, the property owner has to be proactive. Here are the top 5 things to do to help get your home sold.
Select the right estate agent
Choosing the right estate agent will make a massive difference to the overall success or failure of your attempts to sell your property. You should be looking to employ the services of an estate agent with good local knowledge and who has experience in selling houses of a similar style to your own.
When your estate agent knows the style of buyer who is most likely to be interested in your property, the process becomes much simpler. This is because the property can be promoted at the right people in the right places, which should help to speed up the process. You’ll also find that the right estate agent is able to negotiate on your behalf while providing you with comfort and confidence throughout the entire selling process.
Taking the time to review estate agents and looking at the support and guidance they are likely to provide you with is an excellent starting point in selling your home.
Declutter and clean thoroughly
You would think that cleaning your home before placing it on to the market is such an obvious tip that it doesn’t have to be said but given the number of properties on the market which are unappealing to potential buyers, it is always worth bearing this in mind.
The cleaning process begins with decluttering, which brings a number of benefits. When you declutter your property, you create more space, which is something that every buyer is looking for. Decluttering will also ensure that you remove personal touches from the home, which is of benefit in selling your property. You want the buyer to imagine themselves living in the property but if the house is packed with your memories and photos of your loved ones, this is difficult for people to imagine.
Decluttering and then cleaning the property thoroughly ensures that your home is in the best starting condition to appeal to potential buyers.
Create a positive first impression
First impressions count for a lot and the first impression a potential buyer takes from your property comes outside of your home. Whether this is your garden, the approach to a property, a shared landing or corridor or any part of your property that a guest sees before they enter your home, it will create an impression on them. It is uncommon for a buyer to be convinced they will buy a property before they set foot inside the home but there have been many cases where a buyer has been put off of buying a property because of what they have seen outside the home.
Again, the starting point for the outside of your property should be clean and tidy, but you should look to create some colour and give a warm welcome. If you have space for plants, add some seasonal flowers that offer a sense of energy and vitality to the property. If you don’t have space for plants, consider adding a window box or even a barrel with some plants or flowers in it. Many homeowners have opted to add hanging baskets around their front door, and this can be an appealing way to change the style of the entrance without too much work or effort.
Another thing to consider for the outside of your property is security. The most common points of access during a break-in are the doors and windows. If you can show that you have strengthened the security of these features of your home, it is likely that you will impress a potential buyer.
Ensure every room has a purpose or theme
While there is a school of thought which suggests leaving a room blank or bare provides a potential buyer with more options, the reality appears to be slightly different. When faced with a blank room, it is believed that potential buyers go blank and struggle to picture the room in use. This is why it is much more effective to ensure every room has a feature or key aspect to it.
Rather than leaving a room empty, adding some furniture and accessories to give it a purpose, such as home office or even a gym will be far more appealing to a buyer.
Choose the right buyer
When it comes to selling your home, it helps to find the right buyer. If you only have one offer you may not have much choice in who you sell your home to but if there is interest in your home, reviewing the different offers can help you to sell your home more effectively.
It is natural that people will instinctively opt for the highest price but this may not always be the best option. If there are doubts over whether the buyer will receive the full mortgage required to buy the property, it may be better to choose a lower offer from a buyer who can be relied on. Similarly, if the potential buyer is part of a precarious chain, this may place the transaction at risk, which means opting for a first time buyer who is outside of a chain could be a more dependable option when selling your home.
Hopefully there will be a lot of demand for your property but even if there is, there are steps you should take to improve the chances of selling your home quickly and for the very best price. If you follow these steps, you should be able to sell your home in a more effective manner.