06 Mar Tips for preparing to sell your house this Spring
We’ve been really busy over the past few weeks with both buyers registering for property and sellers thinking about bringing their property to the market for the first time. I was with one of our sellers last week discussing how best to get a quick sale at the best price and I thought I’d share some of the tips that were discussed. It’s really important to get your ‘ducks in a row’ from the start as the vast majority of the interest generated on the internet is in the first 6 weeks.
Get an Appraisal
The first step is to get a valuation or marketing appraisal. This is essential as it will give you an idea of what to expect from the sale and the fees associated. Additionally, the agent or surveyor will be able to give you some useful tips on how to make the property more marketable, what the local housing market looks like and an idea of timescales.
Appoint the right estate agent
It pays to shop around but cheapest isn’t always the best. An ‘online’ agent may seem like a good deal but you need to check what you’re getting for your money. Most of the time, you will pay the fee in advance whereas, with a ‘traditional’ estate agent, the arrangement is ‘no sale, no fee’. The truth is, a traditional agent will advertise on the internet as well as locally and will have that important local presence. Ask your agent what they have sold recently since this will give you an idea of the types of buyers recently registered. Compare fees and opening times and how long it takes them to sell a property.
The right agent can really boost the chances of a quick sale so ask around and check out some reviews and find a company which will suit you.
Don’t scrimp on photography
High-quality photos of your garden and home are an absolute must. A professional photographer will be able to see rooms with that critical eye and get the very best from your home. If you have a prestige house, consider aerial photographs to really showcase the house and ground around it.
Get a brochure
An agent with the right marketing experience is essential when selling your home. You should not skimp on certain aspects. Having a top notch brochure can make your property stand out from the rest. Make sure your brochure has a detailed description of each room and also shows detailed floor plans. Even adding little touches such as a little paragraph about the neighborhood can make a big difference. Buyers are purchasing the lifestyle as well as the house!
Not quite so common in the UK as overseas, an open house event can be really great. Whilst this gives potential buyers a real feel of your home, it can create that important ‘buyer tension’ where there’s a real sense of urgency to buy the house. It takes quite a bit of planning and it’s not suitable for all properties. Speak to your agent to see if this approach could work for you.
Time and again I stress the importance of cleaning. Cleaning your home from top to bottom is essential. Try and remove all your personal items like photos and children’s toys as these can sometimes put buyers off. Remember that the potential buyers want to see themselves living there.
Unless your agent is one that conducts accompanied viewings, keep your diary free for buyers. You need to be available at a time that is convenient to the buyer. There is plenty for buyers to spend their money on so don’t make it difficult to see your house. Viewings are really important because they will lead to offers so try to be as available as possible.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to help sell your property. Just try and be smart about it and put yourself in the buyer’s shoes do whatever you can to make it an easy process for them.
If you are thinking of selling and would like a free, no obligation chat about how best to do it, why not call us today on 01325 776 424.