Selling a house can be a long and stressful process, which is why we wanted to make it easier for you. We’ve outlined some of our best ideas to help you achieve your sale faster than before, as well as a few ideas to increase your value too!
- Check your listing
Generally, homeowners will sell their houses through an estate agent who will list the property online to gain attention and attract potential buyers to attend a viewing. If your listing isn’t the best it can be, however, you may find that you’re not getting much interest and struggling to get viewers through the door to see the house in person.
If this is the case, you can look at your listing and request some changes that should increase interest. For some, depending on the day that photos were taken and if they were done by a professional or not, new images can make a big difference. Sometimes if the weather was overcast and gloomy, or you weren’t fully prepared for advertising photos to be taken, they may not show your house in the perfect light that you’d prefer, so updating these photos can entice buyers in.
Most professionals will advise you to redecorate before you put your house on the market, but you may not have had the time or thought that you needed to do so. Even minimal redecoration can make a huge difference to potential buyers, so whether you’re planning on a fresh coat of paint or a full renovation, this will help you make the property look its absolute best and help you sell your house fast.
Don’t forget – when you repaint the walls, you should also gloss your skirting boards too, so they don’t look dull in comparison. It may not seem like a big deal, but viewers will likely notice it straight away!
- Know the process
Often, selling a house faces standard delays especially when it comes to the legal processes, and if you know about these and how long it will take on average, you can be proactive and chase if you need to.
Conveyancing, for example, can delay your sale due to the legal aspects that need to be completed, but if you ask your solicitor what their usual timeframe for this is, you can make sure that the delays are normal and there are no issues. Conveyancing can be slowed down by missing paperwork or incorrect details, so make sure that you have everything you need at the start so you can avoid unnecessary delays.
- Is the price right?
When you set your sale price, you will need to make sure that you do your research. Homeowners are warned about overvaluing their property regularly, as it will put potential buyers off; especially if there are other houses in your area that have similar features to yours but with a lower asking price. This can result in you sitting on the market for a longer period until you put the asking price down, and even then, it could still take time to find a buyer.
Setting your price too low also causes issues, as buyers will often be suspicious. Homes that have structural issues will often have low asking prices as the seller has factored in the price of repairs, and a lot of buyers don’t want to have to do this sort of work when they buy a house. Have your house valued and look at local prices in your area to make sure that you’ve picked the right price.
- Take on feedback
If you’re finding that you have potential buyers coming to view but that they aren’t going further, speak to your agent and ask for their feedback. Viewers should be asked after they have visited a property what their thoughts were, and you may find that the same comments are cropping up in viewings which can give you constructive feedback to change.
Some feedback is impossible to action, for example, if buyers are looking for a garden and you’re selling a flat, but there is likely some comments that you can use to make improvements which will appeal to the next viewers.
There are several ways to speed up your house sale and being persistent is key to getting things moving. Be as proactive as you can and take control of the situation – making these changes should help you achieve your sale and let you be free of the stresses and pressure of selling a house!