If you’re selling your house you want it to achieve the best possible price, attract a wide variety of buyers and not remain on the market for months. But many sellers sabotage their own house sale; here are some guidelines to help you sell your home quickly and efficiently.
- Defy convention
If you need to sell your home quickly, then take a look at the House Buyers website as you can receive an offer on your property within 24 hours which is a lot quicker than selling your home through the more conventional high street estate agent.
- You’ll never sell an untidy house
If your house looks as if you don’t love it, then you may find it difficult to sell. Untidy rooms filled with discarded toys, or bedrooms where the clothes are strewn across the bed or chair never look appealing. Clutter will stop a prospective buyer assessing your home’s true merits. Rooms look smaller when obscured with rubbish. Always give your home a good clean before a viewing.
- Don’t complain about your home
A report published by This is Money revealed that when owners complain about their property’s defects to buyers on a viewing day they have less likelihood of selling their property. Buyers are looking to invest in a dream; they don’t want to hear anything that may tarnish their hopes and aspirations. If you keep on complaining about your house to a buyer, they’ll probably think, ‘why bother?’ and look elsewhere.
- Be reasonable in you’re asking price
Carry out some research before you put your property on the market. If all the other properties in your road have recently sold for around £200,000 then price your house accordingly. Unless your house differs from the rest of those in your street buyers will think your home is overpriced and not be interested. With online price comparison sites today’s buyers are a savvy lot, so be prepared to explain why your house is priced significantly higher than your neighbour’s.
- Don’t carry out last minute repairs
No buyer wants to smell wet paint as soon as they walk into your property. They’ll probably think that you’re trying to cover something up. Forbes magazine suggests that you carry out any essential necessary repairs before you put your house on the market but leave last minute touching up jobs well alone.
- Leave selling to the professionals
Unless you have any experience in house selling, engage the professionals. Yes, you will have to pay fees, but estate agents can advertise your house, photograph it to its best advantage and have access to a whole variety of listings sites. As they earn their commission as a result of a sale it’s in their best interests to ensure that your property sells at the right price and is viewed by as many prospective buyers as possible.
- If you are taking your own photographs, make sure their good
Some vendors like to post their own property photographs online, as an addition to the pictures used by an estate agent. This isn’t always such a great idea, especially if the pictures include pigs and other livestock inside the house. Pigs in the house? Yes, that really happens – and worse still; look at this article and never repeat any of the photography.
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