When selling your home, it’s easy to think that your estate agent will do all the work to make your home sell. This is not always the case. To sell your home, the likelihood is that you’ll have to put some work in. So if you’re thinking of second stepping and need some tips on how to successfully sell your home, keep reading!
Be a DIY guy
Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire someone, it’s a good idea to sort out any repairs needed to your home. Even a small issue such as a faulty kitchen cupboard can have an effect when it comes to selling your home.
Whether it’s touching up any paint works or replacing outdated furniture and décor, you should get it fixed before you start to show your home to prospective buyers.
It may sound obvious, but making sure your house is clean and tidy when someone is viewing your home can be crucial.
If you already have another home to move into, you could pack up everything you know you can live without. This way, your home is looks de-cluttered and well presented to buyers viewing your property. If you're expecting people to buy your home, showcase the potential it has to be a great living space. Nobody wants to buy a home they can't envision living in ,and nobody wants to live in a mess!
Consider all the details
We mentioned the ‘small things’ earlier – and they do make a difference. If there’s something you need to pay attention to, it’s the small things.
How does the house smell? How is the temperature of the house? Are the rooms in the house too cluttered to show the true potential?
Consider even smaller details such as making the bed, or putting towels on the bathroom radiator.
This will help to keep viewers engaged in the positives of your home. Consider all the details that people will be looking at when they’re viewing your property and make sure there's absolutely nothing that would put them off.
Photos, photos, photos…
Before they get to your home, they’ll most likely browse photos of your home online. Its important that buyers get a good first impression online, so they follow through and book a viewing. After all, it’s the viewing that leads to the purchase!
If you have the help of an estate agent, best practices are to get a professional photographer to take the pictures to ensure your home looks the best it can. If you’re taking the photographs yourself, here are some best practices:
- Turn on all the lights in the home (increased lighting)
- Declutter all photos (even exterior photos shouldn’t have anything besides your home)
- Prepare rooms to look the best they could be (making the most of the space available)
- Process the photo in an image editing software such as Photoshop to brighten images further
Take note: even exterior photos shouldn’t have anything besides your home in them. Yes, that means leave your car out of the shot, too!
If all else fails, hire a professional or ask your estate agents for their advice on photography.
Take a look at previous sales figure for your area on Zoopla and Rightmove to get a good idea of the price you’re going to sell your home at. Housing prices can rise and fall within just a couple of months - it may not just be your home, it might be the housing market.
Without thinking about the price you’ve paid or the money you’ve put into the property over the years, ask yourself: would you buy this home for the price you’re asking for? If that answer is no, then why have you got the house listed at that price? Lower it and see what interest that helps generate.
Once your house is on the market, it’s a good idea to start searching for your next home! Consider whether you want a new build or an older build, the location you’d like to live in, how many bedrooms you’d like and what price bracket you’re looking between.