Selling your home can feel like a daunting task before you even begin proceedings. With a million and one tasks required to get things started, it feels like you have so much to get done with not much time to do it.
Then you realise just how volatile the current housing market is. It can take months or even years to successfully sell your home, with many factors coming into play that can affect the likelihood of this. Luckily a lot of these are in our control, meaning we can actually do a lot to help increase the chances of selling our homes.
Here’s some top tips for selling your home:
Get the Best Estate Agent You Can
We mentioned just how much work will be required to get the sale in order, so it’s safe to say things are going to quite stressful along the way. The best way to ensure smooth sailing is to hire the services of a top quality estate agent.
They can help to reduce the stresses associated with sealing your home, not to mention they should be able to gain you top results when compared to doing so yourself.
Aim to find an estate agent that is fully up-to-date on all of the latest practices and techniques in the industry whilst still being able to provide an affordable rate. Do your research – look for agents belonging to professional bodies in the industry, try to find local recommendations, and always be aware of their fees (e.g. is it a flat fee or a percentage of the sale).
Work On the Kerb Appeal
The kerb appeal of a home is pretty self-explanatory – how appealing the home may or may not be based on the exterior of the front of the house.
It makes a lot of sense because first impressions are very important, and many buyers can be put-off before they have even stepped through the door if the home lacks in much kerb appeal. They should be excited to walk through the door, not apprehensive about it because of the condition of the front of the house!
Give your front door a fresh lick of paint with a nice inviting colour. Clean up any driveways and pathways so they look spotless and be sure to remove any bins. Add some flowers and foliage if you have a front garden and repair any fences or walls that look dilapidated – anything that helps to create a great first impression of your home.
Remove All Clutter
One of the most obvious ways to help make your home more appealing to any buyer is to get rid of all the clutter lying around. You want to help a buyer envisage what they could do with a room, so remove all unnecessary junk to help make things feel light and airy.
Rooms that are important selling points should be given a particular focus. Kitchen and bathrooms should always have clear counters and surfaces to maximise their appeal.
Add Some Nice Touches
A new buyer will always likely plan on redecorating, so there’s never much point putting too much effort into each room in terms of décor, but adding some nice touches can be a great idea. This includes things like adding fresh coats of paint to rooms that need it, adding mirrors to help make a room feel bigger, placing vases of flowers to freshen a room up etc.
Make Yourself Scarce
Whenever there is a buyer looking at your home, make sure you aren’t there! Let the estate agent do their job, because we guarantee you that they will be much better at trying to sell the pros of your home than you are!
A buyer should be able to move around freely to inspect each room at their leisure, but be ready to take any questions they might have after the viewing.