Looking to sell your home? You might be moving up the ladder, seeking more space or be required to relocate for other reasons.
No matter the motive for moving, entering the housing market can be a daunting experience. Be it here in the North-East or elsewhere in the UK, there are some simple house selling tips that can ease anxieties and make the whole thing less stressful.
Our advice? Be prepared, take expert guidance and consider all aspects, from asking price to attitude, cleanliness, kerb appeal, timing the move right and more.
Such things can make moving much easier indeed. Here are some of the most important things to consider when selling a home.
1) Remain realistic
Setting an appropriate asking price tops the list of key things to consider when selling a home. It’s understandable that, as a seller, you want to get the best price possible. But ask too much and you’ll struggle to get viewings, let alone a sale. Be realistic, leave room to negotiate and be happy to haggle. Think like a buyer and do your research.
2) Demand the best
There are estate agents aplenty. Choosing the right one can often be the difference between completing a sale and not. Some sellers appoint multiple agents, whilst others put all their eggs into one basket. Research, research, research. Find an estate agent who is up-to-date and abreast of current market conditions.
Here at Pat Robson & Co. we pride ourselves on being one of the leading estate agents in the North East. With offices in Jesmond, Gosforth, Heaton and Newcastle City Centre, we have extensive knowledge of many of the main home owner occupied areas within the region, allowing us to be best placed to help sell your house.
3) Keep emotions in check
Emotions can be unhelpful at such times so aim to be practical and pragmatic, and keep a cool head. Of all the things to consider when selling a home, this ranks among the most difficult to master.
4) Be accommodating
Remember, it’s a buyer’s market, so be accommodating. Be prepared for multiple viewings – often at times that are inconvenient. Take a deep breath and smile, answer all the questions, and don’t be tempted to hide issues that could derail a sale further down the line.
5) Keep it clean
No house selling tips list would be complete without this. There’s no point in arranging a viewing if the house is a mess. Declutter first and keep the place clean and tidy. Good presentation sells homes and potential buyers will be keen to see a space that has been left clean and clear – enabling them to imagine it as their new home.
6) Time it right
Of all the things to consider when selling a home, timing is one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Spring is often considered to be the best times to sell, with more people looking to purchase, and a sense of optimism in the air as the weather begins to improve.
7) Focus on photography
Photographs can make or break a sale. Get it wrong or cut corners and you might struggle to get viewings, let alone an offer. But photograph the property right and you can show it in its best possible light, presenting its full potential and grabbing the attention of house hunters.
8) Location. Location. Location.
Emphasise the plus points for anyone showing an interest. Is it close to the shops? Is the local school well regarded? Is the neighbourhood safe? Think about what’s important to you and pass it on.
9) First impressions count
First impressions count so, whilst making sure all is in order inside, never neglect the exterior. Mend broken fences, cut the lawn and sweep the driveway. Buyers will form a judgement before entering the property, whilst house hunters driving past require something special in order to stop for a closer look.
10) Be sale ready.
Most house selling tips focus on getting everything in order with the property, but make sure you’re ready too. If you’re able to move quickly, vacate the house and get a deal done, it’ll be an attractive proposition for a potential buyer. Not part of a chain? Make it known from the outset.
House selling tips like these might sound obvious, but these things do make a big difference and can be easily overlooked.