Posted: 2 April 2014 by Higgins Homes
When the time comes to put your home on the market, there are a few things worth taking into consideration before you end up making mistakes that are all-too common and easily avoided. Selling your home is a commitment, and one that should be taken seriously since it involves a lot of money changing hands as well as a few emotional decisions.
A lot of people seem to have unrealistic expectations about the value of their property, which is not surprising when time and effort has gone into making it a place they are proud of. However, setting the price too high will deter buyers from viewing it, let alone putting an offer in. The best thing to do is have several trusted estate agents value your property, and then compare figures to work out an average. Also do a little market research to see what similar properties in your area are selling for.
Another common mistake is putting a home up for sale before it is actually ready. Some circumstances may mean that a quick sale is necessary, but if you have time on your side then use it be patient and get your home up to scratch before getting it valued. Finish all the odd jobs so that nothing is broken or leaky; mow the lawns, weed the flowerbeds and de-scale the showerhead and taps. Deep clean the carpets and clear out the garage. Even a lick of paint can add hundreds onto the asking price. The importance of choosing the right estate agent should not be overlooked. Your home is almost certainly your biggest financial asset and so needs to be placed in the hands of people you can trust. It is also a costly process where time equals money. Ask around to see if anyone you know has some recommendations.
You can even go undercover as a prospective buyer to see how good their sales techniques are. There will be times when viewings happen whilst you are at home. Unfortunately, many people see this as an inconvenience rather than an opportunity to sell. Put yourself in the buyers' shoes and ask yourself what would make them feel more comfortable as well as what could sway their interest. Being friendly and personable is never a bad thing, offering to answer any questions they might have as well as having tea and biscuits at the ready. You are after all a walking advertisement and know more about the property than anyone else, so use this to your advantage and treat every viewing as a potential sale. If you are looking for a new property in the UK then Higgins Homes is the place to start your search. All of our homes are finished to signature high standards, right down to every last detail. Some of our developments are also part of the Help to Buy scheme, requiring just 5% deposit.