5 Factors To Consider Before Selling Your Home

How To Get The Best Price In Your Property Move

You can add thousands to your property sale by doing a little preparation before you put your home on the market.

If you’re considering selling your home this autumn, then you’re in good company. July 2019 saw 86,630 residential property transactions in the UK, proving that there’s quite a bit of competition for buyers out there. Receiving an offer on your home relies on showing your property at its best and using optimal selling techniques to help you get the price you’re looking for. Here are 5 important points to consider before you market your property.

What Is Your Home Worth?

Often, the reason for moving home is because you’ve got your eye on a bigger and better property elsewhere that you’d like to move to. Alternatively, you might be looking to downsize and release some cash at the same time. Whatever your circumstances, you’ll need to decide what price you’d like to obtain from your sale and assess whether it’s a realistic price point in comparison to similar properties in your area that are either on the market, or have recently completed.

Should You Go Chain-Free?

If you don’t have a specific property in mind that you’d like to pursue, then it might be worth thinking about renting somewhere after your property sale. This would allow you to become chain-free which is an extremely attractive prospect for buyers. If they know that there’s no chance of another transaction holding the process up down the chain, then they’ll be more likely to make you an offer and perhaps even up their price for a quick sale.

Decluttering Your Home

In an ideal world, prospective buyers would view your home and be able to imagine it exactly the way they would like it to be. But the reality is that many buyers simply can’t see past your own choice of layout and belongings which can be quite limiting when it comes to persuading them to make an offer. To encourage potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home, it’s time to do some serious decluttering and think minimalist. You may want to put some furniture in storage and remove some of your more personal items such as family photos. Painting the walls in neutral tones also helps to make the property a blank canvas for buyers.

First Impressions Count

After you’ve addressed the interior of your home, it’s important not to forget about the exterior as that’s what will provide a buyer with their first impression of your property. They may already have decided whether they want to live here before you’ve even welcomed them inside. Curb appeal can be achieved by tidying up the front garden, putting some attractive plants on either side of the doorstep, giving the door a lick of paint and fixing anything like broken gutters that look unsightly.

Choosing The Right Team To Market Your Home

Although some vendors are tempted to use an online estate agent, the best way to impress a buyer is to use a traditional local agent with in-depth knowledge of the area. For example, if you live in Essex, then a professional team of Shenfield estate agents will be able to talk up the benefits not only of the property, but also chat about specific roads and facilities in the CM15 neighbourhood.

Getting the best price for your home requires a little bit of preparation before you welcome potential buyers through the door. But the extra effort could shorten the time your home is on the market, and even add a few thousand to the offering price.