To place yourself in the strongest buying position, you should be on the market and receiving interest prior to looking for a property of your own because otherwise, you will find yourself in a weaker negotiating position on both your sale and purchase. Also, if you fall for a new property of your own but do not yet have a buyer, you will have to offer high to secure the ‘house of your dreams’ and may also be under pressure to reduce your own asking price to obtain a quick sale.
The front of your house is a wise place to spend a little extra time and money. Ensure the front door looks fresh and replace house names/numbers and letterboxes if they’re looking tired.
Gardens - both front and rear – are often strong selling factors, so in order to capitalise on this a garden should be neat, maintained and clear of debris.
First impressions on entering
It may seem obvious, so apologies for stating it but first impressions count very much and you can only make one! They count because a number of buying decisions will be made within seconds of a prospective buyer entering your home.
It’s far easier to spot flaws in other properties than it is your own, so a checklist is helpful - and ask your agent or friends for their honest view. If it makes the difference between selling your home or not, or between securing a top price or not, then It’s surely worth it.
A clean, tidy house will always portray a property at its best light. Avoid clutter and de-personalise living space as much as possible, as this will allow prospective buyers to better imagine themselves living in the property.
Fix the little things
Whether it’s a dripping tap or a cracked tile – it could be the one little thing that sends the wrong message to potential buyers. Make it a ‘home sweet home’ and fix some of the little niggles prior to putting your property on the market. Small jobs such as these cost very little to put right but carry a lot of weight.
Careful choice of Agent
Research which agents have sold the most properties in your area using Rightmove. Successful agents will know the buyers looking in the area and prices they
are prepared to pay.
Negotiate on terms
When it comes to the Estate Agents fee it is important to compare rates and a contract period of no more than eight weeks should keep them focused.
Price it right
Obtaining best price for your property is crucial. Do not pick an agent just because it offers the highest valuation. Sometimes a lower price will attract more interest.
Reduce clutter Inside
Keep personal knick-knacks and photographs to a minimum and put clutter away, in the attic if necessary. Ensure the windows are clean and improve lighting where possible.
Presentation! Presentation! Presentation !
Once an agent has been instructed, ensure they produce a quality set of details including all the key points, the majority of people view online first so accommodate them with
lots of great pictures,
Retain your buyer
Once you have found your buyer do not hang around. Approximately a third of sales fall through. Instruct a conveyancing solicitor so the transaction moves as quickly as possible
and ensure your new mortgage is in place if you require one for your next purchase. Do not let a good buyer go and be prepared to compromise for a cash buyer. Be prepared to rent for a while
if need be.