The property market in England is back in motion, so if you were planning to sell, you can now move forward with your plans with Love Your Postcode.
Bear in mind, though, that some stages of the process may take a little longer than usual, and there are guidelines in place so that valuations and viewings are carried out safely.
So, to make up for some of the lost time, what can you do to increase your chances of selling quickly and at the best price possible?
The main thing to remember is that, as a seller, you get two opportunities to make a great first impression to potential buyers.
The first is when home-hunters see your home listed, which means that your property needs to look in tip-top shape for the photographs. Our group instructs professional photographers at own cost to capture the best bits.
The second is when people eventually come to view your home in real life, which is what we call ‘kerb appeal’. In both cases, you’ll want to make sure that your home looks as good as it can. At the free valuation stage our experts will talk you through small improvements to increase you chances of getting a better offer.
Here, we’ve drawn up a manageable checklist to ensure that you are ready to go.
This job is hugely important and should not be underestimated. Decluttering your home creates the illusion of roomier spaces and also means that you will be showing buyers around a clean and tidy home.
If home-hunters can visualise living in a property, they are likely to be more serious about putting an offer in. Also, try upcycling tired or worn-out furniture if you have some free time.
Give rooms the right purpose
If you’ve marketed your home as having three-bedrooms, do your best to make sure there are three bedrooms for home-hunters to view, rather than two bedrooms and a study or playroom. The key here is to show people what they can have, rather than telling them.
Again, it comes back to visualisation and making it as easy as possible for buyers to imagine living in your home.
Your estate agent and solicitor will ask for various bits of paperwork throughout the selling process, so if you can gather together all the relevant documents ahead of time, you should avoid delays further down the line.
Some of the paperwork to consider rounding up include:
Now could be the time to tick off all those annoying DIY jobs that you’ve been putting off. This will help make sure you’re not giving prospective buyers a reason to mark your house down because of something that doesn’t take too long to fix. Here are some of the details that will make a big difference:
Keep the garden tidy
We talked about kerb appeal earlier, and this is where you can really make a first impression count. Your front garden is the first thing that a potential buyer will see, so make sure that you give them a reason to smile straight away. Asif Kola head of sales is an expert in providing guidance on first impressions and selling properties to our international clients via facetime. He is available on 01215449595 (option 1) for advice most days.
Similarly, the back garden can be a deal clincher, and an impressive outdoor space could set your home apart from the rest. Here are some suggestions for things to tick off your list:
Light and airy
Darker rooms generally look smaller than lighter ones, and this can be a big turn off for potential buyers. So we’d suggest making sure that blinds are open, and curtains are apart, to flood your home with light.
Bathrooms and kitchens
These two rooms are the most expensive for a buyer to upgrade. However, if you’ve made an effort to clean and declutter them, you’ll be giving potential buyers another reason to be positive about your home. So, here are some of our top tips:
Love Your Postcode® has become one of the top estate & lettings agents because of how our group pays attention to each client. With us, you’re guaranteed a trusted partner that know property prices in your area better than anyone and employs an experienced staff that anticipates your every need.
Unsure of what to do with your property and want to talk through your situation? Book an appointment with one of our local area experts. Or call us on 0800 862 0870.
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