There are so many worries when it comes to selling your house. From finding your dream home to move into, to trying to maximise the number of offers, you have a lot to think about. And if you really need to sell in a hurry? You can double those worries. Needing to achieve a quick sale can happen for many reasons- you may be battling with a change in circumstances such as a divorce or you may be acting quickly to secure another property you’ve fallen in love with, or just need to liquidate an asset. No matter the cause, being up against the clock adds a whole new dimension to selling your house. If you need to shift it fast, get started with these top tips…
Set The Stage
Many of us forget that selling a house is a process in itself – one that needs careful positioning. We are so used to our own home environment we no longer ‘see’ our surroundings. But if you want to sell, fast? Then you need to take a long, hard look at your property with critical eyes. Your first job is to draw as many prospective buyers as possible in for a viewing – it’s a numbers game, and the more viewers, the more potential offers, and the better your final sale price is likely to be. Buy some interiors magazines and take note of the trends, then spruce up your space – repaint the skirting boards, deep clean the carpets, get some inexpensive new cushions to dress tired sofas and have a ruthless declutter. If you desperately need to shift the house, consider hiring a home staging firm, who will take care of the details. Photographs are also key to get buyers over the threshold – a skilled company like RoomToPhoto.com can bring out the best in your property and get those viewings flooding in.
If you want to sell fast, be prepared to accommodate short-notice viewings – you never know who will make an offer. This does mean keeping the house in a viewable state so you’re ready to show people round. If buyers see other potential buyers leaving, so much the better. Timing is also key- spring is a peak time for families to buy due to an expectation of moving in the school summer holidays, while Friday is the best day to set your listing live – buyers begin to plan their viewings for the weekend, and your property will top the search results as most recently listed.
Tread Carefully With Valuations
If one agent values the property at a much higher price than others, think twice. Tempting though it may be to go for the highest figure, pricing your property at top whack means there’s more chance of it sitting unsold. Too low, however, and buyers may become suspicious. You need to hit the middleground – a skilled estate agency with a good track record of local sales should be able to advise on exactly where this sweet spot lies.