If you’ve been dying to sell your house for a while, you may have been put off by the basically flat market. In August, the value of the average home dropped by 0.4%, while over the year 0.9% was reported. The average home price in the UK is now a steep £160,256 – but don’t worry, it isn’t all bad news. Even in this rubbish market, there are things you can do to help maximise your chances of selling a house. Read on for 6 essential tips:
Pick The Perfect Estate Agent
Selling a house, as you probably already know, is really stressful stuff. Picking the perfect estate agent will allow you to minimise your worry, and maximise your results. Choose an estate agent with up to date marketing techniques, who can definitely get you an optimum number of viewings (while still looking for good value for money). Have a look online to read up on the agents available in your area and try to get recommendations from people you know.
Increase the Kerb Appeal of Your Property
If a potential buyer is given a bad first impression of your property, they might be disheartened before they even set foot inside the door. The potential buyers should walk up to your door and already feel excited to see the rest of the property! You need to make a lasting first impression, so make sure the outside of your house looks great, and if the gate or fence is looking a little worse for wear spruce them up with a touch of paint.
Making your home look desirable to the buyer doesn’t have to mean spending thousands on home improvements. To sell your house quickly and easily, avoid new decor (that they will probably replace when they move in anyway) and simply freshen up rooms with a touch of paint in neutral colours. De-clutter everything just so the house is tidy, and hang some flower baskets outside to add a bit of colour.
Pay Attention to the Little Things
The little details will definitely count when a potential buyer is viewing your house; even something so insignificant as a messy kids room could mess up the sale! Make sure you get around to all those little jobs that you don’t think matter so much, such as changing light bulbs.
“Define” Each Room
It’s important that the potential buyers can picture themselves living in your property. Try to define each room, either by removing exercise equipment from the dining room, or taking posters out of kids bedrooms.
Make Yourself Scarce
When potential buyers come to view your home, it’s important that you allow them to wander around the house freely with the estate agent. You want them to feel as comfortable as possible, so take the dog for a walk or pop to see a friend. However, make sure you’re there to answer any questions after the viewing!
Selling your house doesn’t have to be a long, hard slog – just follow these tips!