Selling your home
Selling your home can be very stressful. Read below for our top tips on the best way to get the best possible price for your home.
Choosing the right estate agent
You need to choose the right estate agent who is going to minimise worry and maximise results.
You'll want an agent with proven and up-to-date marketing techniques who can pull in maximum viewings.
If you want multiple agents to take the property on, it’s important to note that you may end up paying more than one fee, regardless of who sells the property. Therefore, always read the conditions of the contract before you instruct an agent.
It's what's on the outside that counts!
It's vital that your house looks 'presentable' to a potential buyer as first impressions are everything. For example, if your fence is looking tired, a touch of paint will work wonders.
Put up hanging baskets to add colour and, if you have a garden, plant some bedding flowers to give more instant colour. Move bins out of view and clear away anything unsightly.
These small tweaks will make a lot of difference to the overall 'feel' of the house. It's what new house builders call 'kerb-side appeal'. If your home doesn't have it you will struggle to get visitors up the path to the front door.
Clean, tidy and prepare
Making your home attractive to a buyer needn’t cost a fortune. Paint walls with nice warm colours that create a homely feel and make sure your rooms are clutter-free and as light and airy as possible.
Define each room
Buyers will want to picture how each room will suit their lifestyle so make sure each room is clearly defined. For example, don't put the exercise bike in the living room!
Give some space
Let the potential buyers wonder about the house freely and allow them to take their time to get a feel for the house. You want them to be comfortable and able to look at their leisure.
Be ready to answer any questions after the viewing.
Bring the indoors outdoors!
Even if you're not the outdoors type, remember that the garden can be a great selling point, especially if your potential buyer is a keen gardener.
It doesn't have to be on the same level as the Chelsea Flower Show but it should be presentable and convey the idea that it can be enjoyed.
An overgrown jungle could see your buyer running a mile. Not only will the space look smaller and ‘forgotten about’, if paying out for a gardener isn’t in your viewers' plan or budget, it could completely put them off the property.
Choose the best buyer
Once the offers are on the table, your next big job is to choose the most reliable buyer.
Safer buyers include those who have already sold their home and are in rented accommodation, chain-free first-time buyers, and cash buyers who do not need a mortgage. Bear this in mind but, depending on how many offers you get, this choice might not be a luxury that you have.
Obviously, there will be other factors you need to take into consideration such as how quickly you need to sell and whether you have found somewhere to move into yourself.