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8 Ways To Make Sure Your House Sells

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It won’t have been a spur-of-the-moment decision when you decide to sell your property. You will have spent a long time discussing the pros and cons and determining whether the time is right to sell.

Since you have taken the time to make that decision, you will want the property to sell easily and quickly once you put it on the market; you won’t want all of your time and effort wasted because the house sits with no viewings or no offers.

Therefore, it’s just as important to consider how and when you will sell your property. Here are some valuable tips.

Choose The Right Realtor

Assuming you want to go with a realtor to sell your property and not attempt to do it yourself, you must find one that is right for you.

There are many different realtors out there, all with their own way of doing things – one will suit you and your property, and it is essential to find them.

Start to research the local realtors in your area and narrow down a shortlist to those that offer great testimonials and perhaps have a track record of selling quickly where you live.

The next step is to invite them to value your home. Having at least three different realtors to give you a valuation is essential. This will provide you with a reasonable average price for your home, and you will also be able to talk through what they offer and how much they charge.

You can then compare costs and services. It would be best to ask them how they plan to market your property for example ask these questions:

  • Do you use digital signage, for example? You can learn more about that and its success in selling property here.
  • Do you subscribe to all the major online property portals?
  • Do you have a list of people you can call who might be interested in your home? These are all essential details to find out.

Stick With Your Pricing

Something that can put people off from taking an offer on a property or keeping it on the market for too long is the house price news.

Reading or hearing about the highs and lows can be difficult; ideally, when selling your home, you should ignore it altogether. You have agreed to the price that the realtor set, and if you’re happy to go along with that, keep at it.

Changing the price every few weeks or even days will put potential buyers off, so it’s best to stick with the initial price for a little while before deciding to reduce it or not (and never increase it – that will stop people from wanting to view it straight away).

When you receive an offer on your property, you will know whether you want – or can afford – to take it, so think carefully about any offers you receive and make a sensible decision that will help you move on to a new property.

Do you plan to sell your house through auction? If yes, knowing auction fees for sellers UK or in your area is crucial. These fees cover advertising, marketing, hosting, and administrative expenses.

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Different auction houses may have varying fee arrangements, so request a detailed cost breakdown to make an informed financial decision. It’s important to consider the reserve price, auction date, and any extra charges when deciding to sell your property through an auction. This comprehensive understanding will help you make the best choice for your property sale.

You may prefer to list your house online. The expected fees for listing and selling a property on online real estate marketplaces vary widely depending on several factors. These factors include your chosen platform and whether you work with a real estate agent.

Standard fees include listing fees, agent commissions, promotion or premium listing fees, closing costs, home inspection and appraisal costs, taxes, legal fees, and home staging and repairs expenses.

While not direct fees, sellers should also budget for moving costs to their new residence. The specifics of these fees can fluctuate significantly based on location, negotiation between buyer and seller, and the platform’s policies. It’s crucial to carefully review the fee structures of your chosen online marketplace and discuss potential costs with a real estate agent if you opt for one.

Curb Appeal

A property’s ‘curb appeal’ is how it looks from the outside as you pull up to it. Making this look appealing and attractive can make a big difference in how many people come to view it (or even make an offer) and how much they are willing to pay for it.

If you have a front yard, this will need to be neat – the grass should be cut during the summer, and it is a good idea to plant flowers to brighten things up. In the winter, less can be done, but ensuring that nothing is overgrown is essential.

The yard is one thing, but the front of the house is another. Stand out on the street and look at the property you are selling. How does it look?

Is it cheerful and inviting, or is it dingy and dirty-looking? If the latter is the case, it is time to spruce it up. Ensure your front door is well-painted, and its hardware is not old, dented or rusted.

Check your mailbox is standing up straight, and look at the paintwork on the house – does it need another coat? Although these things may seem like they will cost time and money, the effort you put in to make the house look appealing will be paid back when you sell the house more quickly than you otherwise might have done.

De-Clutter

Although when viewing houses, it is always important to try to imagine your belongings in there and not the current owner’s, not everyone can do that successfully, which can be a problem.

To ensure that the task is made more accessible, remove as much clutter as possible from your home before you show people around (or have your realtor show them around). This means making sure the place is neat and tidy – clothes must be picked up off the floor, for example, and toys put away – and it also means that any additional clutter is packed away and put out of sight.

De-cluttering will show your property in its best light, making it seem much lighter and airier; it may even look more prominent.

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This will help during the viewing stages, but remember, you must pack these items, such as ornaments, books, and pictures, away at some point since you intend to move home. De-cluttering now and either storing the items, selling them at a garage sale or online, giving them to charity, or throwing them out entirely will make your final packing task much quicker and easier.

A Lick Of Paint

Giving your home’s interior a lick of paint before putting it on the market to sell can also help hugely. Choose something neutral, such as off-white, to appeal to the broadest number of people, and it won’t cost too much to do either.

You don’t need to renovate your house in most cases completely (the buyer will want to put their mark on it anyway), but making sure it looks its best is essential. A good coat of paint will cover any scuffs and marks on the walls and keep door frames looking spruced up.

Think Of The Little Things

While dealing with the bigger things, don’t forget the little things either – these might go unnoticed by you, but a potential buyer could easily spot them.

Buyers are going to be picky; they are spending a lot of money when it comes to buying a house, and if there are a few to choose from, the small things will make the difference between them making an offer or not.

What small things need doing around the home that you keep putting off and have even gotten used to? Fixing a cupboard or a squeaking stair might seem irritating, but it is worth it when trying to sell your home.

Define Your Rooms

If a buyer doesn’t know what they would use a room for, they might not think the property is right for them. Therefore, when you are getting the house ready to sell, you should ensure that each room is wholly defined – you need to show potential buyers exactly what they could do with your old home and how their lifestyle could improve.

If your dining room is being used as an office, take this opportunity to make it look like an eating space again. If your spare bedroom is a junk room, de-clutter and turn that room into a study, a nursery, or a playroom. You are dressing the house and turning it into something that other people won’t fail to love.

Don’t Forget The Yard

The front yard should be controlled – you want it to persuade people to enter the door. What about the backyard, though? This is just as important. If a family is looking to move into your home, they will want to know that the yard is big enough for the kids to play in and secure, too.

If someone who loves entertaining outdoors wants to view, they will need to see that your yard suits them.

Although you can’t predict who will walk through your door and what they will want from your property, you can ensure that the yard is tidy, the lawn is cut, the debris is cleared away, and the weeds are taken care of. You might also want to set the grill up or clean up the children’s playthings to show just how versatile that outdoor space is.

Remember, if your yard looks neglected, buyers might also worry about what they will uncover inside.

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