Posted: 24 July 2014 by Higgins Homes
Selling your home is a huge commitment and so can often seem like a daunting prospect. However, as with many things in life, a little preparation and organisation can go a long way into making the whole thing more manageable and far less stressful. The first thing you need to do is to get your home valued. You can do your own research by making a note of how much similar properties in your area are being sold for, before asking a few different estate agents to come and give their own assessment so you can draw up a happy medium.
The more accurately your home is valued, the more grounding you have on whether to accept or reject any offers. The second thing you need to do is to decide how you want to sell and then work out all the costs involved. There are various options available, from taking the standard route of hiring an estate agent, to doing it privately. It is important to find the right agency so ask around and see whom people would recommend. Remember this is your home and most likely your biggest financial asset as well as your personal living space, so you have every right to be picky about who should sell it.
If you choose to do it privately, you should consider drawing up a rough marketing plan that includes things like local listings and online property sites, though estate agents should do this for you. Getting decent pictures is increasingly important and could make or break a potential sale. Legal fees probably cause the biggest sting in the housing market, with many people forgetting to budget for things like solicitors and Energy Performance Certificates.
Depending on the current state of your home it may be worth making some last minute investments to increase its market value. Which brings us to our next point: presentation. We see it on every property programme, how the key to selling a home is to make it as clean and neutral as possible, both inside and out. De-cluttering is not only a great way to generate more space; it makes the entire moving process significantly easier. You may even find things that can be sold to raise some extra cash. Simple things like repainting the front door, mowing the lawn and getting carpets steam cleaned are all worth the time and money.
Get your home looking at its best and the offers will come streaming in. This includes structural things too no dripping taps or loose door handles. Any bigger problems should be addressed immediately unless you are willing to drop your price. Write down all of the above in the form of a straightforward jobs list and work your way through it logically, ticking things off as you go. Before you know it you will be on your way to your new home.
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