Thinking of selling your home? For all the horror stories of frustrating and complex deals that seem to take forever there are a burgeoning number of elegantly smooth sales that are settled in a handful of weeks, to the delight of all interested parties. Here are five tips for joining that list of happy customers.
Make the house buyable
Is anyone going to purchase a poorly decorated home with broken windows and dirty bathrooms? Perhaps those who want a cheap property that they can turn into a project, but that will be a minority. Therefore, the first step to selling a house rapidly is to make it look like you’ve cared, and that there are no nasty surprises.
Bright photographs of rooms that need little work or decoration are the aim; they will catch interested eyes.
The 21st Century way of selling homes that is threatening the established order of high street agents. Still in its infancy for many people unaware of the concept of placing every piece of information online for potential buyers to find from several hundred property portals, the service from companies such as online estate agents House Simple is swift and effective and doesn’t require an interested party to call an agent within the hours of 9am to 5pm on a weekday.
It’s generally a lot cheaper because there are fewer overhead costs, perhaps charging a flat fee. The seller may have to show interested parties around the home, which provides a chance for them to answer any queries.
Another accompaniment to selling online, advertising the availability of a property via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or even Periscope is a perfect device for the millennial buyer and seller. The value of using social media somewhat depends on the number of followers the seller possesses, but simple mathematics shows the possibilities.
For example, if 100 followers ‘like’ or retweet your available home, and each of their 100 followers repeat the process, that’s 10,000 people helping to sell your home – all for free.
Building your own site
A third online option to accompany the two above, providing a process that is far simpler than one might expect. WordPress, Wix, Moonfruit and other website builder platforms are as cheap as you want, and allow you to post information, photographs, videos and more. A simple, one-page site, set up in a couple of hours to answer any questions and link to other relevant sites (local schools, shops, etc) could be worth its weight in gold.
Keep in touch
Many movers have either experienced or heard tales of home moves that just stagnate for no apparent reason. Various parties need to come together, such as those doing the searches, and discussions need to be held face-to-face for any issues.
Speeding up the process is partly the responsibility of the conveyancers, and partially that of the seller or mover. Senior conveyancer Varsha Shah writes on RightMove: “Remember to keep in touch… with your agent and your buyer/seller to ensure small issues do not derail the process. It’s so much easier to pick a phone and agree something between you than to allow a stubborn conveyancer to derail your process.”
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.