Selling your house? Check out our top tips for selling your home. It can take time but if you plan it correctly you can really help to relieve the stress on yourself and also ensure you get the best price for your pad.
Find out the value of your home. You probably have an idea of the price of your house, maybe from looking online at houses for sale in your area or from speaking to neighbours who have bought or sold a house in your area. However, as every house is different, your house may not be worth the same as your neighbours so you need to speak to someone who can place a value on your house. Find a local estate agent who has knowledge of your area and get them to come to your home and give you an expert analysis on the value of your property. Your estate agent will give this valuation based on their knowledge of your local area and on recent sales of comparable properties in your area. This information is so important to you and your plan to sell your home so investing time in finding the best estate agent for you is crucial.
Think like a buyer. You may have lived in your home for years and have so many wonderful memories in it. You may not mind that your spare room is now a hoarder’s haven and that your garden appears half its actual size thanks to the overgrown evergreen that was once a well pruned work of art. But, if you were buying your house would that matter to you? Try view your house from a buyer’s perspective and see would that extra garden space be the deciding factor in purchasing your house over a similar one in a neighbouring estate. Put your sentiments aside and get a valuation and recommendation from an experienced estate agent on how your house is and decide how much money you should invest to assist you in getting the best price for your home.
Look at the competition. What is everyone else doing? Find out what buyers are looking for in your area. It can be helpful to view other houses for sale in your neighbourhood to see the competition and see how other houses are laid out for sale. Knowledge is power here so the more you know about selling houses in your area, the better equipped you will be when you do decide to take the plunge and put your house up for sale.
Work with your estate agent and discuss what changes, if any, they recommend you make to your house to help it stand out from the rest. When you have agreed on this then set a deadline for putting your house up for sale. Give yourself enough time to carry out the changes you wish to make without putting too much stress and pressure on yourself. Arrange for your estate agent to come back to you when these have been completed and they can then put your house on the market at a time that suits you. You want your home to be show house ready for when the estate agent takes photos of it, as these photos will be the first impression that everyone gets when they see your home.
Selling a home is not always an easy process, but by having a good trustworthy estate agent to help you along the way together with some good planning ahead, the entire process can be made as easy and stress free as possible.