Selling a property is rarely a straightforward process as you often have to depend on other people to sign contracts, release funds and not break the chain.
The one thing you do have a degree of control over however is how fast you manage to get your property off the market. Although nothing can guarantee a quick sell, the tips below are all tried and tested techniques that make a house more appealing to buyers.
They say that first impressions count and this is particularly true when it comes to your house. Think about how you feel when you first drive up to a property you’re viewing. Whether you realise it or not, you will have made up your mind about the house before you even see what’s inside.
If you really want to attract potential buyers, take a good look at the exterior of your house. Does the garden look good? Could the windows do with a lick of paint? Does it look untidy? It can be hard to look at something objectively when you’ve seen it everyday for years so if you’re really struggling, ask a friend what they think.
Obviously you don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on your house if you’re about to sell it but if there are certain things that really hold it back, it’s well worth throwing some money into making changes.
Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses so it’s well worth spending a couple grand on upgrading yours if they’re looking a bit run down. If you can’t afford huge renovations or you simply don’t have the time, small things like a fresh coat of paint, a new carpet, a few simple furnishings or window dressings can really help to brighten up the place.
Removing any clutter from your house is an absolute must if you’re trying to sell it. A property crammed full of furniture seems small and over-crowded and it’s not very appealing at all. You want people to be able to envisage their own furniture in there and they won’t be able to do this if they can barely move.
To appeal to a larger audience, try to remove as much from your home as you can. This will make it seem bigger and more airy which is guaranteed to impress potential buyers. If you don’t have anywhere to store your belongings, simply put them into self storage until you make that all-important sale.
Price your property competitively
Your estate agent will be able to help you with this but unfortunately, people don’t always listen to their advice. Make sure your property is priced competitively otherwise you’re unlikely to get viewings at all. Just because your neighbour’s house went for more money it doesn’t necessarily mean that yours will. Perhaps they have recently done renovations or have a conservatory or an extra garage.
You are more likely to draw people in if you advertise at the market value and if you’re lucky, potential buyers might even enter a bidding war.