Are you looking to sell your house fast? Don't want to go through the traditional house sale process and endure all the headaches that come along with it? If you've answered yes to both of these things then it's likely that our service is right for you. Here at webuyanyhouse.co.uk, we look at the fast house sale process and explain everything you should consider before going ahead.
How do I sell my house fast?
The first and most pressing question you will likely have is: how can I sell my property? You'll be pleased to learn that there are a number of options available to you. Firstly consider what you want out of your sale. You may want a sale in the next two weeks, or perhaps you're just in need of a sale that's faster than what estate agents can offer.
The most common options available are:
- A direct purchase: A company like ourselves will work as immediate cash buyers for your property
- An assisted sale: This method takes a little bit longer and involves connecting a number of investors to your property, which again we can help with
- Source a buyer: Often, the length of a property sale is down to estate agents. Many find that cutting out the middleman results in a faster sale
- Property auctions: Property auctions are often a route chosen when people want to sell their home quickly. Unsure if this is the right option for you? Read our article Should I sell my house at auction? for more information.
What to consider before selling your house fast
Selling your property is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Before going ahead with a fast house sale take some time to consider whether it's the best choice for you and your requirements.
- Set targets: Setting targets you'd like to achieve with your house sale will make navigating a quick sale easier
- Be proactive: Things like the legal side are often overlooked. If you want a fast sale get ahead of the game and start preparing everything that needs to be done before you sell
- Learn the lingo: Estate agents and property companies often talk about purchases, vendors, contracts and more in jargon you might not know. Get to know it as best you can
How to avoid fast house sale scams
Now you know your options it's time to put the wheels in motion. No doubt you'll find many companies like ourselves but be aware, some companies out there do not uphold the same standards as us, nor do they have a trustworthy reputation. To ensure you aren't caught out by a fast house sale scam be sure to go through the following:
- Ask the right questions: Ask plenty of questions whatever fast house sale company you choose. Some great questions to ask them and yourself are:
- Is the offer too good to be true?
- How reputable are the company you're looking at?
- How fast are they promising to sell?
- What might make the price offered change?
- Are they members of the relevant authorities?
- Do your research: Once you've questioned the company you're looking at you should do some research of your own. Check:
- Their online reviews
- Are they a genuine cash buyer?
- Their valuation policy
- Do they force any type of agreement?
We have compiled a complete guide to avoiding fast house sale scams here.
Pricing your house for a fast house sale
It's important to research and understand your home's value yourself. This will mean that you're much better informed before you go into the sale and can often make the whole process much quicker.
- How much have other properties on your street sold for?
- What are the property value trends in the area you live?
- What sorts of property have sold recently near you? Are they similar to your home?
Knowing the difference between leasehold and freehold
When selling your house and moving into another, you're likely going to hear the term leasehold or freehold quite a bit.
A leasehold means that you lease the property from the freeholder - who owns both the building and the land. If you have a leasehold, then the longer the better. We've gone into detail about the differences between the two and everything you should know about freeholds and leaseholds on our blog.
Finding the right solicitor or conveyancer
If you want to sell your house fast you're going to need a conveyancer or a solicitor to help you deal with all the legal work quickly. They both provide legal advice, can deal with money transfers, and help with Land Registry fees. The only difference is that a conveyancer is a dedicated property lawyer, while a solicitor incorporates a wide range of faces of the law in their work, making them a more expensive option.
Find out more about solicitors and conveyancers and which will be right for you here.
Common mistakes made when selling a house fast
If you're in the process of selling your house it's important that you're aware of the common pitfalls that many make at this time. Common mistakes include:
- Choosing the wrong time of year
- Not being open to negotiation
- Choosing the wrong estate agent
- Not having a backup plan
We have explored the most common mistakes here and what you can do to avoid them.
Moving house checklist
They say that moving is one of the most stressful experiences we undertake. If you've put the wheels in motion for a fast house sale it'll mean you'll need to pack up the contents of your house quickly.
The best thing to do is to create a list of everything that needs to be arranged before moving day. We Buy Any House have put together a comprehensive list of everything that you're going to need to do before you move house. You can find our moving checklist here, and use our handy tick list below!
Alternatives to a fast house sale
We help people sell their house fast, day in day out. But, we also understand that this route isn't going to be for everyone. If you've taken time out and decided a quick sale isn't going to be the most beneficial route for you there are a few alternatives to releasing your equity.
- Renting out a room in your home
- Arranging a traditional mortgage
We cover all the alternatives to fast house sale in our rundown of alternatives to equity release guide here.
Getting a house survey for your new property
lf you're selling your house fast then you'll want to make sure that the property you're moving into is up to scratch, too. The best way to do this is by purchasing a house survey. A qualified surveyor will visit the home you're buying and review the home looking for any issues such as damp or structural issues. Don't forget to get an Energy Performance Certification (EPC) before you move if you don't already have one.
There are a number of different surveys you can get, all differing in price.Visit our piece on 'what sort of house survey do I need?' to find out more.
Can I pull out of a house sale?
If you change your mind when trying to sell your home, you can pull out of the sale. But that's only if there hasn't been a contract exchanged.
Sell your house fast in the UK
We buy houses fast throughout the UK, including in Manchester, London, Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Wales, Glasgow, Edinburgh and throughout the rest of Scotland.
Our long-standing commitment to helping people sell their house quickly has meant that we have a lot of reviews from happy customers. Remember, it's a no obligation offer - so when we've made you an offer it is completely down to you whether you take it or not. No matter where you are in the UK we're here to ensure a fast house sale, completely hassle-free.
Tips for selling your home
Whichever method you choose it’s important that your house looks the best it can to help ensure a quick sale. Here we’ve listed everything you can do to the property to help get a sale quick.
Distance yourself - Try and move out of the mindset of ‘this is my home’ and consider what prospective buyers see. What would you think if you were viewing the property for the very first time? Remove personal items and try to create a blank canvas on which viewers can project what it’d be like for them to live there.
Clean clutter - Get to work clearing out any clutter that’s been building up since you moved in. Get rid of anything you aren’t taking to the new property and ensure each room is clear so that viewers can see its full potential.
Kurb appeal - First impressions count. Especially so when you’re trying to sell a property. Make sure that the property looks as good as it can from out front. Mow the lawn, paint the fence - do whatever it takes to make your house shine from the outset.
Appliances & interior - Is there an old boiler? Does the kitchen look like it dates from the 80s? All of these will affect the marketability of your property. Invest in updating all of your appliances and the interior to help give your property the best chance possible.
Time of year - Consider when you want to sell your property. Spring is regarded as the best time to sell thanks to longer daylight hours. There’s a great guide on when to sell here.
Find a trusted company - If you are going to hire help to get your property sold quickly make sure you take the time to do plenty of research. An experienced company with happy customers is more likely to be successful in selling your house.
Get the most out of viewings - It’s likely that you’ll have a lot of people come to view the property. Make the most of these opportunities by removing pets, tidying thoroughly, and keeping parking free for the prospective buyer.
Selling your house online
Did you know that 95% of people looking to sell their house start their journey online? Online sellers are convenient and often significantly cheaper than local estate agents making it the best way to sell a house for many.
How to sell my house fast UK with an online cash buying company work?
The process of selling to a cash buying company is very different to using a traditional estate agent and importantly comes with no legal costs or agents’ commissions, allowing you to make significant savings. The other great advantage is that of speed, in many cases being able to deliver in as little as two weeks. Whilst reputable companies can deliver on this promise it’s important to be aware of those who are simply full of false promises. To help make sure you steer clear of the scammers we’ve put together a guide on what to look out for here.