Moving home is one of the most stressful things you will ever have to do so, New Home 4U want to lend you a helping hand to make the process a little easier. We've put together 12 of our best tips to help you sell your home.
1. Pick the right agent (us of course)
Selling a home is a stressful business. So choosing the right estate agent who is going to minimise worry and maximise results, is a vital first step and will have a big impact on how quickly you sell your home, and at what price.
You’ll want an agent with proven and up-to-date marketing techniques, who can pull in maximum viewings – all the while remaining good value for money.
By using New Home 4U you are guaranteed a cost effective, friendly approachable service with great results!
2. First impressions count
Most buyers form their first impressions within seconds of walking through the front door. You want them to walk up the drive or path already feeling impressed and excited to see more.
So do what it takes to create that lasting first impression. Make sure the exterior of your home is up to scratch and if your front door or fence is looking tired, brighten it up with a lick of paint. Put up hanging baskets to add colour. If you have a front garden, spend a little time sprucing it up. A few plant pots and a clear pathway can make the front of your house more appealing.
Quick Tip: If you don’t fancy painting your front door, then don’t forget to clean it, it can make a huge difference.
3. Clear worktops and declutter
Making your home attractive to a buyer needn’t mean an expensive décor overhaul. Chances are it won’t be to the buyer’s taste anyway and will be replaced as soon as they move in. What you do need to think about though is making sure your rooms are clutter-free and as light and airy as possible. A mirror hung in the hall can give the illusion of space and a few vases of flowers or some plants can freshen up the house.
So take some time to clean each room from top to bottom paying special attention to high impact rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom.
A kitchen is a big selling point, so make sure all the worktops are clear and that it smells fresh and clean. If you do have pets, ask a relative or friend to look after them while viewings are taking place. While you love your furry friend, chances are your buyer won’t – or worse still, they may be allergic.
A tidy room should never be underestimated, especially as dirty or cluttered rooms can be an immediate turn off for some buyers.
You should also think about having a spring clean; if there’s too much furniture, and things like children’s toys and unused gym equipment lying around, it can make the property feel smaller.
After a deep clean your home will smell fresh and be much more appealing to potential buyers.
4. Add a lick of paint
Neutral colours are appealing to buyers; a fresh coat of paint will brighten up your home and will allow would-be buyers to envisage themselves living in the space.
5. Crack out the toolbox
Don’t forget the detail either. Chances are the buyer will be nit-picking as they will be looking at a number of properties and weighing everything up. So get around now to those annoying little maintenance jobs such as a long overdue light bulb change.
Straightforward DIY jobs such as filling holes in walls and checking for clogs in the guttering are easy to do and is one less thing your buyer needs to think about doing once they’ve moved in. Getting any problems fixed before putting the house on the market is a smart idea.
6. Make the most of outdoor space
Gardens or any type of outdoor space can be another great selling point – but an overgrown jungle could see your buyer running mile. Not only will the space look smaller and ‘forgotten about’, if paying out for a gardener isn’t in your viewer’s plan or budget, it could completely put them off the property.
7. Think about your pets
Whilst you might think your pet is adorable, others may not. Potential buyers may be allergic so make sure any pets are confined to one room (such as a utility room or the garden) or removed from the home during viewings. Animals can also detract attention away from your property, leaving them with a neighbour or family member will ensure buyers are kept focussed on your home.
8. Define each room
Buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in the house so it’s essential that each room is shown off to it highlight its purpose. If your dining room is full of work papers or exercise equipment for example, return it to its original purpose. It’s also important to de-personalise, for example by taking down posters in the kids bedrooms – so the buyer can see the potential for the house and where they would put their own items.
9. Stay out of the way!
When potential buyers come to view your home, let them wander freely around the house with the agent (they will tell you what you want to her, they’ll tell the agent what you don’t want too!). You want them to feel comfortable and as though they can spend time looking at each room freely. Be ready also to answer any questions after the viewing.
10. Brag about your broadband
Broadband speeds are serious business in this day and age and just advertising the presence of fibre optic cables in your area could be enough to encourage buyers.
11. Think smart
Smart home technologies are increasingly important to buyers, smart technology such as Hive, which gives mobile control over heating systems, is a feature worth considering. If it moves your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) up a band, it could add thousands to the sale price.
12. Choose the best buyer
Once the offers are on the table, your next big job is to choose the most reliable buyer.
Safer buyers include those who have already sold their home and are in rented accommodation, chain-free first time buyers, and cash buyers who do not need a mortgage. Bear this in mind but depending on how many offers you get, this choice might not be a luxury you have.
Obviously there will be other factors you need to take into consideration such as how quickly you need to sell and whether you have found somewhere to move in to yourself.