So, you’ve made the big decision to sell and move on. You may be worried about market conditions being difficult, so here are some useful tips to get the most out of the home-selling experience:
1. Be sure to choose the right estate agent for you
Selling your home is a stressful and confusing time, so choosing the right agent to have in your corner is very important. Choose an agent with proven experience of effective marketing, offering value-for-money and knowing how to maximize the appearance of your home. Do lots of research online and always check the recommendations and recent reviews.
You’ll also want a solicitor who you can trust to take care of all legal documents and be on the ball with approaching deadlines. Look at Conveyancing Quotes at a site like www.samconveyancing.co.uk/conveyancing-quote for more information.
3. Improve the curb appeal of your home
First impressions really count, so you want to make sure visitors see the property and are interested, intrigued and excited as they approach. A bad first impression is likely to cause a negative experience overall. Spruce up the exterior, such as painting fences, replacing broken tiles or paving slabs and consider a new front door or add some potted plants. Get rid of anything messy and unsightly, or things that are not pleasant, such as the smell of garbage bins.
You do not need to spend a lot of money re-decorating to improve the interior of your property. You would really like to keep things as neutral and as minimal as possible, so that potential buyers can imagine their own things there. A quick lick of paint in neutral colours that are fresh and a clean-up of any mess to make it as open as possible. Remember the trick that adding a mirror across from a window in a small room gives the illusion of more space.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the main selling point, so make sure the rooms are super-clean, fresh and missing small details such as cabinet knobs replaced, for example.
5. Fix the problem of maintenance
Buyers will scrutinize all the fine details, so do not forget to do all the small, niggly maintenance work that you have been putting off. No doubt they will see a number of properties, compare and analyse – so do not let yours be the one that they ignore because there was too much work needing to be done.
6. Do not interfere
When people come to see your property, let them see with their own agents and do not hang around. You want them to feel comfortable, have their own space to explore and not feel embarrassed to ask questions of the agent with you hovering in the background!
7. Choosing the best buyer
When you have your offer, you will want to choose the best and most reliable buyer for your needs. Safe buyers are those who have sold their property, first time buyers without a chain and cash buyers with no need for a mortgage. Sometimes the choice is not a luxury you can afford, but if you can, choose one of these buyers for the most reliable transaction.