Along with achieving the best price, the speed in which a house can be sold is one of the most important factors for many sellers.
To give yourself the best possible chance of a quick sale, preparation is key.
Before Putting Your Property On The Market
Before you put your property on the market, take a really hard look at your house with a critical eye –
- What would someone, who doesn’t know you, think about your house if they saw it for the first time?
- Does it look clean, tidy and loved?
- Does the front of your property have the wow factor or does the front door need a lick of paint?
- Have you removed any clutter from around the back door?
- Is the front garden and driveway perfectly neat and tidy?
- Are all the surfaces in your hallway, kitchen and other spaces clear?
- Inside, can people move around your house easily without bumping into furniture or knocking things?
Getting your house looking as good as possible, both inside and out, before you go to market will pay dividends in the speed of getting offers from potential buyers.
Getting our clients good buyers is something that we at Nock Deighton are passionate about, so feel free to ask for advice about selling your home quickly, if that is your priority.
The Photos Need To Be Comprehensive & Good Quality
Once your house looks as good as it can, both inside and out, it will be time for the photographs to be done.
A good and comprehensive set of photos makes a massive impact on whether people decide to view your house and ultimately whether they decide to make an offer. It certainly pays to have your photos done professionally especially if you want to sell your house quickly.
Your property will be marketed on the internet, which is where most potential buyers will see it. We have evidence that the better quality the photos and the more there are (within reason), the more people will ask to see your house. Poor quality photos, on the other hand, mean that many potential buyers will move on to other properties that look more inviting.
The photographs, therefore, need to be stunning and give the potential buyer an idea of how they might live in your property.
Once a buyer has decided that they like the look of a property, the floorplan is the next thing they look at. Having a floorplan available is essential to keep potential buyers interested but it needs to be professional and accurate.
Provide Details About The Area
Sell the local area as well as your property by providing information about why they might want to live in your house.
Potential buyers are hungry for information, so make sure the description tells them how fabulous the local schools are and how lovely the local pub is. All these little details will help paint the perfect picture and give you a good chance of attracting plenty of quick offers.
Getting The Paperwork Prepared
There is certain paperwork that as a seller, you’ll need to provide to potential buyers. So, talk to your estate agent and get all the paperwork organised in advance of an offer.
Having all the paperwork in place means that you help to keep the momentum of the purchase going. If a buyer has to wait, it not only slows your sale down, but your potential buyers may find another property, so it is in your best interests to be prepared in advance.
If you are in any doubt about how the sale will proceed and what you’ll need, talk to your estate agent.
Getting your EPC sorted
Talk to your estate agent about arranging an EPC as soon as possible. Estate agents have the right contacts for organising an EPC faster than you will be able to yourself, so make sure you take advantage!
Think about solicitors – do you already have a law firm who you will use? If not, speak to your estate agent about the options – and make sure they chase the solicitors once the ball starts rolling to minimise any potential delays.
Finally, don’t forget the details of your own move:
- Have you considered your options if a quick offer is made?
- Do you have rented accommodation lined up if your next purchase is not ready yet?
You might also find this article useful as it details the costs of selling a property and the value of using an estate agent to get a better price for your property.
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