5 Top Tips To Get You Moving
May 13, 2021
When it comes to selling your property, there are some really simple things you can do that will make your property top of buyers’ “To View” list. It pays to put yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer, and see your house with fresh eyes.
Here are our top tips to get you moving in the right direction.
Have one HUGE declutter!
Have a look around you right now…. do you really want all of this stuff in your new home? Everything you see in front of you will at some point need to be carefully packaged and boxed up, and then transported to your new place. If you are willing to do that, no problem, just make a start with the really personal and non-essential items right now! These things make your property your home, but now you’ve decided to move you would like it to become someone else’s home. Help them to imagine their things in the space by scaling back on some of the more personal items and let the house do the talking.
Now you’ve removed some of the clutter, it’s time to have a cleaning-behind-the-fridge type of clean. We’re all so busy, it’s hard to always keep on top of those really big jobs, but now is the time! You want your home to sparkle like a show home when the photographer comes, and when potential buyers start to come looking. Move over Mrs Hinch; make your home Instagrammable to get people queueing up to buy your property.
See your property through a buyer’s eyes.
Try to imagine you are a buyer that’s come to view your house. Be really honest with yourself. What’s that one job?
Peeling wallpaper in the spare room?
A wonky shelf?
A broken door handle?
These might seem like tiny, insignificant things to you as you live with them day in day out, but to a potential buyer who is weighing your house up against two or three others it may make a difference. If they are little jobs that can be sorted for minimal cost or effort, fixing them will just show that the house has been cared for – wouldn’t you rather buy a house that looks like it’s been loved?
Don’t forget outside!
If you’re lucky enough to have some outside space, it’s really important that this aspect is also shown off to its full potential. Think about the look of your property as you arrive at the front – first impressions really are so important. Your home should be inviting and give a sense of what can be expected on the inside. If your home is immaculate on the inside, this should be reflected on the outside.
The back garden area should also be well kempt. Grass and hedges should be trimmed and tidy, and if you have children, try to make sure their garden toys are (mostly) tidied away so that the amount of space on offer is maximised for its potential future owners to see.
Choose the right estate agent.
Possibly the most important factor of all is choosing an agent that is right for you. In a seller’s market, as we are now, you can have the best intentions and do everything right, but if you don’t have a knowledgeable, highly skilled estate agent in your corner you run the risk of not achieving the best value for your home, and even risk the sale falling through when you’ve worked so hard to attract a buyer.
Of course the marketing side of your sale is vital, but just as important is the behind-the-scenes job of the Sales Negotiator once your sale is agreed. They liaise between vendor, purchaser, solicitors and also the whole chain in the sale process if required. This hard work is to ensure everything possible is done to see you through to the completion of your sale.
It definitely pays to do your homework when selecting your estate agent. Look at reviews on the agent’s website, and also consult the industry reviews site allagents.co.uk to read customer reviews, look at star ratings for your area and compare agents.
All that remains to say is good luck! Getting busy now will almost certainly pay dividends for you in the long run.
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