Some Helpful Tips For Selling Your Home

Some Helpful Tips For Selling Your Home

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If you are selling your home in 2019 or it is already on the market, this is the ultimate guide. Read on for some useful tips to help you secure a sale.

Tips for finding a winning estate agent!

There is nothing more important than finding the best estate agent when you are selling your home. This is a decision that should not be rushed into. And you definitely should not base your decision on the finding an agent with the lowest fees!  

One of the key ingredients you need to look out for when finding an estate agent is enthusiasm. They should seem motivated and positive about selling your home. They should generate excitement about the selling process. They should not make you feel worried by pointing out negatives or potential things that could go wrong.

A quality estate agent also needs to have exceptional marketing skills. How are they planning on selling your property? What channels are they going to use? Do they have a good track record?

It is also a good idea to take five minutes to read reviews that have been left by previous clients. What do they have to say about their experience with working with the agent? Did their home sell quickly? This is the best way to get an honest opinion instead of reading the agent’s sale pitch.

They should also be able to put you in touch with any other professional you may require, whether this is a conveyancing solicitor or someone for pest control. The best estate agents are willing to go above and beyond so that you sell your property.

We all want to save cash but this is really not an area where you should be cutting costs! Estate agents that charge high amounts do so because they will earn it. A quality estate agent will pay for themselves.

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Excellent tips to help you sell your house by knowing your buyer

You need to know your buyers if you want your house to have a greater chance to sell. After all, if your property is more likely to appeal to young singletons or couples and you are marketing it towards families, you are obviously completely missing the mark! But, how are you supposed to know who wants to buy your home before they have shown any interest?  

The best thing to do is start by asking your agent. They will have sold properties similar to yours before. They should have a good idea regarding the type of people you will attract. Once the viewings start to roll in you will be able to form a picture for yourself. Does it seem to be families, retired couples, young couples, or singles? Do they seem to be upsizing or downsizing?

Why is this important? Well, you will of course stage your home to suit the people that are viewing. Your choice of music, snacks you serve and such like, will all be impacted by the type of people that buy your home. It will even make you consider when is the best time of year to put your home on the market. After all, families tend to search whilst the children are at school, whilst the elderly will look for a new property during the summer months.

Four things every good online advert needs to have

Is your online advert working? Over 90 per cent of people begin their property hunt on the Internet. So, you do not need me to tell you that your online advert is key! Here are four key things it should have…

  1. 6+ Photographs – If you have less than six photographs you not generate interest in your property. In fact, buyers may even think you are hiding something. Why haven’t you included a photo of your living room? Is it the downfall of your home? There’s also no need to go overboard and take a picture of every corner of your property!  
  2. Stunning Front Shot – The front shot of your home is crucial. Give the exterior a new coat of paint. Add a wreath if it’s Christmas. Add some bright flowers if its summer. Give it some life!
  3. Differentiate – Does your property stand out from others? Is your advert punchy? Does it generate attention and maintain it?
  4. Floor plan – Make your floor plan available for download. The buyer may want to print it off. One big error people make is not making their floor plan big enough to read. Including this is important because it gives a realistic depiction regarding the size of your rooms.

Are your photographs stopping your house from selling?

Photographs present your first opportunity to make an impression on anyone that is looking at your listing. They can be the difference between getting an abundance of viewings and none at all! If you are not getting any viewings, ask yourself whether your photographs could be the reason why?

Take a look at the photos. Are there images of every room? Is there a photo of the front of your home? If not, there’s no wonder the viewings aren’t rolling in! Buyers will think you are not showcasing a certain room because you have something to hide. Are you hiding the kitchen because it is in poor condition? Perhaps not, but that’s what everyone will assume!

Do the pictures contain a lifestyle aspect or not? Can you envisage yourself living there just by the images? Little touches, such as a fresh pot of tea in the kitchen with some nice china tea cups, can make all of the difference.

Did you hire a professional photographer to take the photos? If not, this is something you should definitely think about doing. Professionals pick up aspects that an estate agent or an amateur would not. They also know how to create atmosphere, use the right lighting and get the most out of your home. They are worth their weight in gold.

Uh oh… the house next door is for sale too!

Every seller thinks their worst nightmare has come true when one of their neighbours puts their house on the market as well. This will only become a nightmare situation if you allow it to be! Instead, let this competition drive you to ensure your home stands out and makes a better impression than the rest!  

This means it is homework time! You have to find out about the property. A good place to start is by discovering how much their property is on the market for. You need to know if they have massively undercut your asking price or not. How many rooms do they have? How big is their kitchen? Do they have a large garden? You can find out the answers by searching their property online. Or, you can simply ask your neighbours! But don’t come across as if you are integrating them – you may be annoyed that they’ve put their house on the market too, but they haven’t committed a crime!  

One thing you definitely should not do is simply wait until your neighbour has sold their property. If they have managed to put theirs up for sale first don’t let that stop you from following suit. Competition doesn’t have to be a negative thing. In fact, it can give you the motivation to ensure your house is the best it can possible be. A little harmless competition never hurt anyone!

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