Choose the right estate agent
Selling a house is a stressful business. So choosing the right estate agent who is going to minimize worry and maximize results, is a vital first step.
You’ll want an agent with proven and up-to-date marketing techniques, who can pull in maximum viewings – all the while remaining good value for money. Look online and research various agents in your local area by asking for recommendations.
What is the asking price!
We are constantly bombarded with conflicting reports of house prices rising or falling, and it can be hard to know which one to believe.
And these are all averages anyway – even with regional data, the price your home fetches can depend on the area, the pocket of that area, the street and, in some cases, even which end or side of the street the home is on.
Don’t be too swayed by newspaper reports when it comes to establishing an asking price for your home – and taking an average of three estate agents’ valuations is also a good idea rather than plumping for the lowest.
Increase your property’s ‘Curb Appeal’
A potential buyer could be put off even before they have set foot inside your front door if they are given a bad first impression. You want them to walk up the drive or path already feeling impressed and excited to see more.
So do what it takes to create that lasting first impression. Make sure the exterior of your home is up to scratch and if your front door or fence is looking tired, brighten it up with a lick of paint. Put up hanging baskets to add colour and if you have a garden plant some bedding flowers. Move bins out of view and clear away anything unsightly. Remember first impressions are lasting ones. An inviting exterior insures inspection of the interior. Keep the lawn trimmed and the yard free and clear of refuse.
Spruce Up and De-clutter!
Decorate your home - a step towards a SALE. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce the desire to buy. Don't tell a potential buyer "how it will look" show them by redecorating first. Making your home attractive to a buyer needn’t mean an expensive décor overhaul. Chances are it won’t be to the buyer’s taste anyway and will be replaced as soon as they move in. But you should freshen up rooms with a neutral lick of paint in warm tones.
Make sure your rooms are clutter-free and as light and airy as possible. A mirror hung in the hall can give the illusion of space and a few vases of flowers or some plants can freshen up the house. Remember bright and cheery windows and unmarred walls will assist your sale. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
A kitchen is a big selling point, so make sure all the worktops are clear and that it smells fresh and clean. Colourful curtains in harmony with the floor and counter tops add appeal.
Little things count!
Don’t forget the detail either. Chances are the buyer will be nit-picking as they will be looking at a number of properties and weighing everything up. So get around now to those annoying little maintenance jobs such: burnt out light bulbs, dripping faucets, sticky drawers, lose door knobs.
Define each room!
Buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in the house so it’s essential that each room is shown off to it highlight its purpose. If your dining room is full of work papers or exercise equipment for example, return it to its original purpose. It’s also important to de-personalize, for example by taking down posters in the kids bedrooms – so the buyer can see the potential for the house and where they would put their own items.
Bedrooms are outstanding features, arrange them neatly. Hang your clothes, shoes and hats should neatly be put away. This makes your closet appear more adequate.
Bathrooms....double check for cleanliness and polished.
Turn on lights! Illumination is a Welcome Sign. For after dark viewings, turn on lights from the front, throughout the house. A prospect will feel a "glowing warmth" otherwise impossible to attain.
Make the most of outdoor space!
Gardens or any type of outdoor space can be another great selling point – but an overgrown jungle could see your buyer running mile. Not only will the space look smaller and ‘forgotten about’, if paying out for a gardener isn’t in your viewer’s plan or budget, it could completely put them off the property.
Make Yourself Scarce - Silence is Golden!
When potential buyers come to view your property, let them wander freely around the house with the agent. You want them to feel comfortable and as though they can spend time looking at each room freely. If you are home, the buyer will feel like an intruder and hurry through!
Music is Mellow!
Don't have any on during the showing of the house. Shutoff the radio, it distracts. Let the Agent and the buyer talk, free of such disturbances.
Love Me, Love My Dog!
Doesn't apply in house selling. Keep pets out of the way, preferably out of the house. The buyer may be terrified or allergic and rush through.