Selling your home can be among the most stressful periods in a person’s life, but with a few helpful tips it need not cause you hours of worry or sleepless nights.
Get all your documents in order
Collect together paperwork such as certificates for any electrical items or even your window, any building work that may have been carried out, and even minor details such as who supplies the gas and/or electric to your property.
Without them, the whole selling process can be slowed down considerably, so make sure to gather them in a safe location so they can be to hand when you begin to fill out the paperwork to complete a deal.
Upfront preparation is key
A bit like the last point, but showing off a clean, tidy and well-presented home will help sell your property far quicker than you think. This means dealing with minor issues – such as chips in the wall, cracked or faded paint and broken tiles – should be dealt with immediately after a thorough home inspection. Make a list of things that need to be repaired and then tick them off one by one as soon as possible.
Tip: Get the whole family involved and go room by room identifying the faults with a pen and paper, list anything that catches your eye because potential buyers will certainly spot them too.
Research the local area
You need to know what other homes in your area have sold for or are selling for, and investigate what is the average value of similar properties in your local area are fetching in today’s market. Then look at how your home compares to those currently for sale, because knowing your area and what prices the competition expects are vital to understanding how high to set your own price.
Tip: Spend time researching and identifying what makes your house a great buy in contrast to others.
Market your home with the right people
Selling your home today has never been easier, but often it is the marketing that counts of it that counts, because only by telling people your property is for sale will anyone take a look. Make sure that your estate agent – whether traditional high street or online – thoroughly pushes your property into view with email listings, social media posts and local paper advertising. You want as many people to see your house to stand a better chance of selling it.
Tip: Research agents and online solutions like Jet Homes to see how they market their properties.
De-personalise your home
Once you have viewings, it is essential that you do all you can to make sure your home feel like theirs before they set foot inside, which means de-personalising it. Family photos, personal keepsakes and memorabilia mean the world to you, but to a buyer they can prevent a feeling of belonging. Take out these items and ensure that anyone who visits can truly feel that they can see themselves living in there in the near future.
Tip: Box away personal photos and store in a safe dry place. Not only does this help buyers, it clears up some packing before you’ve sold your house!
These are just some of the tips and tricks that can be used to sell your home. What do you think is essential when it comes to selling your home? I’d love to know.