Whether you’re selling a home for the first time or simply want to know how to do it even better than you did before, nothing beats a good game plan. With lots of unsold properties on the market, there is no need for yours to join an ever-growing list of those that remain unsold for months.
By following a few simple tips, you can speed up the process and sell your home quickly, and what follows are five ways to do just that.
Hide the pets!
While you may think your beloved family pet might warm the hearts of potential buyers, you could not be wrong as not everyone is a dog- or cat-lover. A buyer doesn’t want to walk in and see a bowl full of food, a litter box or leave with pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house isn’t clean, so wherever possible, move the pets out as early as possible.
Look for cheap and simple upgrades
Quick fixes always pay off, with straightforward improvements such as repainting walls, hanging new curtains and replacing door or cupboard handles makes an instant impact. So too does cleaning the tile grout in the bathroom and kitchen and finally getting round to that leaky tap!
Make sure everywhere is clean
It might be the most obvious of all these points, but having a clean home is a major selling point. These days you can even employ an industrial cleaning company to do the dirty work (excuse the pun) while you concentrate on the aesthetics.
Get the right agent on the job!
Arguably the biggest issue with any house sale comes with hiring the wrong estate agent. It’s easy to get wrong as it is to get right with a variety of online solutions available to the wider public. Companies such as Jet Homes, who are online estate agents, advise that whoever you use should be covered legally and that you shouldn’t have to guess at what service they offer, it should be clear from the start. Paying attention to what the agent is going to provide is key to success when choosing the right one for the job.
Take the home out of your house
One of the most important things to do when selling your property is to de-personalize it, as the more you there is in your home, the harder it is for a potential buyer to imagine themselves living there. Put as much of your personal items – including family photos, memorabilia and keepsakes – into storage and where possible seek out advice on how to highlight your home’s strengths.
The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, the majority of buyers have already judged it before they even walk through the door. As the old cliché tells us, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and it’s important to make people feel welcome and safe as they approach the house. Tidying up the outside of your home – and indeed your garden – can improve its appeal exponentially.