Selling Your House
If you're thinking about selling your home, here are a few handy tips from us.
Working with your agent
Work with your agent and make them work for you. At Vendoors, we believe every seller and their home is unique. We'd like you to tell us what made you fall in love with your home and what you enjoy most about it now. We'll highlight this information when we start marketing your home to like-minded buyers.
Make sure your agent is aware of your situation, too. If you are just testing the water and aren't 100% committed to moving, they need to know. Likewise, if you can't move for six months, or, if you need to move like, yesterday, tell your agent and they may be able to regulate the pace of the sale.
Listen to your agent's advice. They do know the local market and fundamentally, they have your interests at heart.
Settling on an asking price will be one of the biggest decisions you make in this process. Invite a selection of local agents to come in and value your property, but don't just go with the agent that provides the highest valuation and/or the lowest fee. An over-inflated asking price may really inhibit the speed of the sale. A low agent fee may mean you get a mediocre service at best.
Do your own research on the Land Registry website and find out what similar properties to yours have sold for in the area. If an agent gives you a much higher valuation than the others, ask them to provide examples of comparable sales.
Preparing your home
There's no avoiding those little DIY jobs that have been waiting to be done for years when you are looking to sell. Take some time to fix those loose floorboards, finish paint jobs, nail down the squeaking floorboard and fit the last skirting board. These details matter.
Once that's done, have a good clear out. Get rid of any clutter and thin out your personal items, like bulky ornaments, family photographs, paperwork and toys. This gives buyers the space to visualise themselves living in your house.
Top Ten Tips for Selling Your Home
- Instruct Vendoors of Boston: We have the latest technology to expose your property to greater audience as well as vast local experience.
- Delightful Decor: Touch up and scuffs and scrapes with a spot of fresh paint.
- Clutter Free: Help the buyers visualise the space by de-cluttering your house.
- Freshen Up: make sure your property smells fresh and clean. Banish any cigarette or pet smells, open some windows and brew some coffee.
- Kerb Appeal: First impressions count, so make sure the front of your property looks inviting. Attractive pot plants and a weed free garden can make all the difference.
- Spring Clean: Dust away all those cobwebs, polish your furniture and clean your windows to give potential buyers a good first impression.
- Fix it: From a leaking tap to replacing your light bulbs make sure all those little fixing jobs are done and dusted-work in progress ends out the wrong message to potential buyers.
- Accessorise: Add those finishing touches with fresh flowers and lighting to create a welcoming atmosphere.
- Depersonalise: Buyers need to make their own personal connection with your home. Remember it’s easier for visitors to work from a blank canvas.
- Be Realistic; We’ll keep you up to date and advise you on the changing market conditions that may affect the selling price of your home.