Firstly, selling a house can be tricky. Getting what your house is worth can be trickier still, especially if you don’t have the time to hang around. There are things you can do, however, that will increase your chances of selling your house quickly and, more importantly, ensure that you get a good price for it.
Get your asking price right
It’s a complex market, and putting the right price on your property is vital. Price too high and you risk having no interest in your home; price too low and the buyer will more than likely still expect to haggle so you could end up with considerably less than you wanted.
Don’t allow yourself to be flattered by unrealistic valuations…or get too greedy. It’s easily done. Always consider a reasonable valuation of your home.
Upgrade or update
Homes that don’t require updating will always sell for more than one that needs modernising. Because most people aren’t really looking for a project that requires a lot of time and effort. Even if you don’t have the finances to make significant improvements, the little things can make a big difference.
Spend a little upgrading the appliances in your kitchen or the fixtures in your bathroom, for example. It’s worth it because you could get a lot more for your home when you sell it. Basically, you’re aiming for the “ready to move in” feel.
Kitchen and bathroom renovations are among the most costly investments. And they all too quickly become dated. If a potential buyer walks into your home and doesn’t feel they’ll need to renovate those rooms, you’ve already won the first battle.
Neutral colours are best
If you want to sell your house fast, you need to appeal to a broad range of buyers. Bright, brash and garish colours aren’t to everyone’s tastes. And often can put people off a house. Painting the walls a light, neutral colour will allow a potential buyer to project their own vision on a blank canvas, so to speak.
Clutter is the enemy. Dramatic but true. We always tell our customers that they need to present their home in the best light possible. Because first impressions are everything. If a potential buyer walks into your home and sees a lot of clutter on the floor or on workspaces they are going to think two things. One, the rooms are smaller than they are. Two, there is a lack of storage in the home for their things.
If you’re the kind of person who has a hard time letting go of possessions, for the sake of any viewings pack up some of that clutter in boxes and tuck them out of sight until you move.
If you don’t have room to store those boxes, it really may be time to sell the things you’ve been hoarding unnecessarily. Anything that you haven’t used in over a year needs to go. Just think, you can use the money to put toward repairs or redecorating in your home.
Don’t underestimate the appeal outside your front door
We used to blog regularly on the subject of garden improvements. That’s because all potential buyers will form their first impression at the front door. Before they’ve even entered your home. And a well-kept garden, patio or driveway sets the tone for what’s to come.
And finally, be proactive…
Don’t sit back and leave your agent to get on with it. Ensure they’re doing everything they can to sell your home and earning their fees. Be proactive with your solicitors. Return any information requested promptly and check in daily by phone or email. At the end of the day, time is money.
Our mission at We Buy Any House is to get people moving. If you’re struggling to sell your property get in touch to see how we can help.Back to all articles