A common question estate agents get asked is: “What will help sell my house?” Hopefully after reading this guide you will have some good ideas, but also refer to our other guides: How to create a great first impression & How to sell my house fast. Some of the ideas in this guide will assume you have a budget to spend to help you achieve a sale, whilst others just require a bit of time.
Choosing the right estate agent- When selling your home it is really important to consider your target market and choose your agent accordingly. If you are selling a very expensive stately home, the local budget estate agent probably won’t cut it. And likewise an online agent isn’t for everyone; if you are selling a retirement bungalow and your target market is the elderly, they are unlikely to want to use an agent that communicates mostly online. Having said that it is often true that people don’t care who they buy a house from so it is about finding the right balance.
Sweat the small stuff- It’s the little things that make a big difference. Go round your home room by room and review how they could be improved in preparation for a viewing, it might just be a small issue like an air freshener or a new curtain tie back. Most people don’t bother with the small issues when selling their home, just being the one that does could make your house stand out from the crowd.
Stage your home- If you can afford to hire a professional home stager this will undoubtedly make your home stand out from the rest. If you can’t you can do it yourself to a lesser extent. Pinterest is great for home staging ideas and a bit of time spent browsing can give you some serious inspiration to make your home really appeal.
Be mindful of your surroundings- If you live near a school don’t book a viewing at 9am or 3.30 pm. Living in a house it’s easy to forget some of the local factors that could be an issue when selling so try to think back to some of your concerns when you bought the house and do what you can to avoid them being an issue.
And finally something you have probably never considered; Load up your car- This one is particularly relevant if you have young children or pets and applies to visits from estate agents for photographs, viewings and surveyors. Get any big, bulky items into your car and if you are showing the viewers round move the car round the corner. Items such as dog beds, babies high chairs, children’s rocking horse etc just take up space unnecessarily and are better off out of the house and out of sight.
Hopefully the above ideas will help you sell your home and I’m a great believer that it’s the small things that make the big difference. Creating the right ‘feel’ in a home is so important and can’t be attributed to one single factor.
Make sure to:
- Have a viewing map
- De-Clutter & clean your home
- Kerb appeal- first impressions count