Top Ten Tips of Selling a Property
- Do your research online and look at what’s selling.
- Prepare the property with minor repairs, fresh paint and a thorough clean and why not give the garden a straighten-up.
- During valuations consider the evidence provided to support the pricing strategy.
- Have a clear understanding of all the moving costs.
- Chose an estate agent you can work with and who will strive to get you the best result.
- Agents can do the best viewings, so make space and time for them to do their job well.
- Communicate regularly with your agent, listen to feedback; stay fresh and flexible.
- Consider offers, ensuring you have facts and information in place to make the best decision.
- Agree on expectations and goals to ensure that all parties have a mutual understanding.
- Instruct a good solicitor who can expertly handle your sale transaction.
Other Helpful Tips to Remember
- Is your home making the right first impression?
- Are you confident in showcasing your home to entice potential buyers?
- Are you maximising your property’s saleability?
If you can answer NO to these questions then we are here to help you…
- The presentation is the most important factor when selling your house.
- Photographs are the first thing to attract attention in a world where most people tend to shop online.
- Buyers form an opinion of your home within the first 8 seconds then spend the rest of the viewing backing up their first impression whether good or bad.
- Small changes at little and no expense can make a huge difference.
- You never get a second chance at a first impression.
Useful suggestions in presenting your property...
- Clean the front door (give it a lick of paint if needed!) to make a great first impression.
- Pack away shoes, coats and bags from the hallway to create a clear space.
- Replace any light bulbs to make sure your possible buyer steps into a beautifully lit home.
- Create a spacious, airy feel by opening all windows and moving furniture away from the walls.
- Switch fires on and buy fresh flowers to set the right ambience.
- Make sure distracting electrical equipment like TVs and stereos are switched off.
- Be aware of any old or unpleasant cooking smells, smells can put people off.
- Make sure all pots and pans are cleared, all dishes are washed, light a scented candle, or spray the room with an air freshener.
- Clear the decks — clean, clutter-free work surfaces are a must.
- Don’t forget the appliances too – sparkling kettles, toasters and microwaves will give your home an aspirational feel.
- Get out the mop! A gleaming kitchen floor is a quick and easy way to make a big impression.
- Keep the bath, shower and floor spotless ahead of appointments — make sure the floor is clean and dry.
- Spruce up your tiling by bleaching mildew stains from the grouting.
- Clear away toiletries to give the room a spacious, neutral feel.
- Dress the beds with fresh sheets in neutral shades.
- Tidy away clothing and clutter.
- Keep windows open to add light and air to rooms.
- Hoover all carpets.
- For maximum kerb appeal make sure your driveway and path are clear, weed-free and inviting.
- Don’t forget the garage — eliminating clutter from this part of your home will really give house-hunters a clear idea of the space available.
- Mow the lawn and trim hedges, remembering to clear away garden play equipment.
- DIY time – mend any broken hedges, gates or walls and replace broken or damaged guttering.
- No garden? Put up hanging baskets for a welcoming, homely feel.