5 Tips when selling your houseDate Posted: 21 October 2019
When it comes to selling your house one of the most important decisions you need to make is to choose the right estate agent; someone who has local knowledge, a track record of success and who will minimise the worry while maximising the results.
Are properties viewable online on popular portals such as Rightmove and on the market? Do they have lists of buyers they send new properties out to? Do they have a high turnover of properties they are selling? These are all things worth considering when deciding on the right agent for you. In addition to what agent you choose, there are some simple steps that you can take to help the process along.
1. First impressions count
A potential buyer can easily be put off by an unsightly exterior. Make sure your home has ‘kerb appeal’; if your front door, gate or fence is looking a bit sad, get the paint out! Make sure your garden is presentable; buy a few bedding plants or add some pots and sweep the path or drive. Remove any unsightly bins. It is well worth making minimum improvements such as patching holes and cracks in walls or ceilings, fixing broken appliances and leaky taps, changing dated light fixtures or ceiling fans, replacing broken window glass and, even, repairing the roof or guttering if necessary.
2. Little things make a difference!
At the very least, add a lick of paint and declutter; you don't have to go mad but you want your house to look as light and roomy as possible. While there is every chance that a purchaser will redecorate anyway, you still need to show your house in the best possible light. Add a fresh coat of paint to tired-looking rooms and clear off table tops and work tops.
3. Make sure rooms are representative of what they are
For instance, if you are using your dining room as an office, revert it to a dining room so that a prospective buyer can picture themselves in the space. Mirrors are a great way of making an area look bigger and lighter and flowers add a fresh, welcoming touch to any room, particularly if they are fragrant. Kitchens are a big selling point; make sure worktops are spotless and that the kitchen smells fresh and clean. You could even bake a cake; there is nothing like the smell of fresh baking to welcome people into a house.
4. Be pet smart
You love your furry friends, but a buyer may not and may even be allergic. Make sure everything is thoroughly hoovered to avoid a residue of pet hair and, if possible, keep pets out of the house when you have a viewing. In fact, that applies to you as well; stay out of the way when the agent is showing someone around, as you want potential buyers to wander freely around the house, without any pressure. That said make sure you are available to answer questions after the viewing.
5. Make the best of any outdoor space
It can be a great selling point. It should be clear and attractive, not overgrown and if it will accommodate a table and chairs, that will appeal to a prospective buyer.
All of this should help you get offers on your home. Ideally you want a ‘safe’ buyer; someone who has already sold their house, first-time buyers with no-chain or cash buyers who do not need a mortgage. At Herbert R Thomas will put all of our efforts into getting your home in front of the right people. Having extensive knowledge and experience in the property market means we can offer the best advice, the best value and the best options to create a successful outcome for you. You will be appointed your own personal agent who will help you ascertain the right asking price for your property, ensure you have the best chance of selling and take the stress out of the process. At the end of the day we practice what we preach: Honesty, Results, Trust –HRT