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How to sell your house

How to sell your house

“How to sell your house?” – is a question that we all need an answer to at some point in our lives. Whether it’s a house in a quiet neighbourhood or a seaside home, we need to be organised when we look to sell a property. Here we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to prepare your property for sale.

People dream of living in a variety of different types of properties, from that perfect house in the city to a holiday home by the beach. We have helped hundreds of people to find their ideal buyers, who loved the home they are selling so much, that they were willing to pay above the asking price to make it theirs.

Sell your your home more quickly with local estate agents

Local estate agents like Love Your Postcode™ use their expert knowledge of the areas in which they are selling, renting and managing property to market these properties in ways that secure more views from potential applicants, generate more offers, and ultimately secure the highest possible selling prices for their clients.

In the United Kingdom, residential estate agents are regulated by the Estate Agents Act and the Property Misdescriptions Act, as well as the more recently enacted Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act (2007).

Find the right local estate agent

Hire a local estate agent with a solid track record of sales that demonstrates their skill in selling homes quickly without ever compromising on selling prices. Are they familiar with the area? Can they value your home and achieve the maximum price possible? Are they open at weekends? One way to be sure: check their online reviews. Check out online client reviews and feedback on sites like Trustpilot and AllAgents.

You should also ensure that your agent promotes their properties online, on property websites and online newspapers. Make sure that their team includes a professional photographer to take photos and publish a variety of the best ones on their site and social media channels.

Add value to your home

When it comes to adding value to your property, it’s very important to utilise what you already have. Costly additions may not bring you much of a return when you sell, so consider enhancing the space and features you already have. With that in mind, here is a list of some of the most worthwhile alterations and additions that can add great value to your property. Remember, the key is to think about who your buyer will be and go for improvements that will be most beneficial to them.

The gardens – Although large gardens might not be as attractive as they once were, we do still value the addition of outdoor space. Making your garden feel like another reception room could add heaps of value to your property, especially if it’s currently somewhat neglected. Simply adding decking, a patio or paving can turn a garden into a great entertaining space. Summer houses are other welcome additions, especially when staged as an extra room to enjoy.

Convert the garage – A lot of people could prefer an extra reception room over a garage. If you have permission to do so, then you could convert the garage to add square footage to your home. Depending on where your garage is located, they can make fantastic playrooms for children or home offices.

Kitchen renovations – Kitchens are the heart of the home and there’s nothing more appealing than a welcoming room in which feasts are cooked up and guests are thoroughly entertained. If you only want to improve one room to add value, then definitely concentrate on the kitchen and add a few wow-factor touches to really make it stand out. If you don’t want to invest in replacing the floor/cupboards etc, consider changing your plates, replacing outlet covers, changing lights, repainting the cupboards. Small changes can make a big difference and giving your kitchen a facelift can truly change the game.

Add parking space – Having somewhere to park the car is a big plus for most buyers. In 2016, 31.7 million cars were registered for use in the UK and with vehicle numbers continuing to rise, parking spots are becoming even more scarce, making them especially valuable. Even if your buyers don’t drive, they will value the space for when family and friends come to visit. If you don’t already have parking but do have a front garden, it maybe be worth paving part of it to create off-road parking.

Conservatory or extension – While they are one of the most expensive additions to make, conservatories or extensions are a great way of adding square footage to your property. Consider building one next to your dining area or kitchen to increase the size of this hugely appreciated space.

Loft conversions – The loft is another often unused area of potentially functional space in a property. A lot of houses don’t require planning permission to convert the loft and they can make really stunning rooms. Plus, they’re reported to add up to 20% onto a property’s value.

Bathrooms – When updating a bathroom, be sure to stick to neutral colour. An emerald green bath tub may sound appealing to you now, but your buyers may not feel the same way. A crisp white suite would appeal to lots of people. Adding a few ultra-stylish features would make it a room to remember.

Fix structural issues – At the very least, be sure you fix any structural problems before you put your house on the market if you want to get maximum return out of the sale. A home buyer’s survey or lender survey may find these issues and provide your buyer with an unwelcome opportunity to use any problems as leverage to request a reduction on the asking price.

Eco-Friendly – Making your home more environmentally friendly with renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines and improved insulation will increase its total value. If your home is cheaper to run, it will stand out in the property market and you can usually add a premium to the price. Bear in mind that it may be worth getting an updated EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) that reflects your new energy improvements.

Get a house valuation

If you are thinking of selling a property but not sure how much will sell for, a house valuation is an essential step. An accurate estimate of property value, based on an expert’s report, gives the owner the opportunity to request a substantiated price. It is recommended that an owner not to set the price of their home without having consulted an expert valuer.

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List your property online

Your property be listed on websites like Rightmove or Zoopla for one reason. These websites receive millions of visits every month making them, without a doubt, the number one places to advertise your property for sale. But Rightmove does not accept private listings, as they only deal directly with registered estate agents. To sell your property on this portal you must instruct a traditional high street estate agent or a specific online agent approved by Rightmove.

Love Your Postcode™ does a lot more than just listing on property portals like Rightmove, Zoopla or PrimeLocation. We offer all the services a traditional estate agent does, but better. Our aim is to leave you with more of the sale, saving you a huge amount of money in the process and achieving a higher selling price.

How much does it cost to sell your property?

Typical estate agents fees and contract terms vary from agency to agency. Usually, estate agents charge a percentage, which can be anywhere between 0.75% and 3.0%+VAT. Our estate agent fees calculator will help you work out the cost of selling your property.

What to declare when selling your home

When you’re selling a property, you have plenty of forms to fill-out and information to collect before putting your home on the market. Property Information Form (TA6) is one of the first documents you’ll have to complete to proceed with matters. The Law Society has published explanatory notes to accompany the Law Society Property Information Form (TA6). The Law Society Property Information Form (TA6) is designed to be capable of being completed without reference to any other material. Please read this article for more information.

Should I wait until the New Year before selling my home?

It’s a question we get asked on a regular basis because there is a common school of thought which suggests that it is not a good time to be looking to move, seemingly fuelled by the idea that “no-one looks for houses over Christmas”. Not true! Did you know that one of the busiest days of the year for online searches is typically in the last week of December? So if you are looking to move in the New Year, you need to get your property ready for marketing in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It’s a clever tactic because lots of people will wait until January before contacting estate agents to get the ball rolling, but if you can launch your property in that “downtime” over Christmas you will be ahead of the pack!

After all, those house-hunters will be champing at the bit to get viewing as soon as they can after the Christmas break and you want your house to be top of their list. Our teams would be delighted to assist by providing free impartial advice and guidance around your home sale.

Simply put, our mission is to provide our clients with practical and efficient solutions, as an answer to all the seller’s needs and challenges. Call us on 0800 862 0870 or book a free house valuation today.

How to sell your house
By Local Estate Agent