How to sell your house quickly

The start of a new year is often the catalyst for change, whether it is trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, looking for a new job or looking to move home. After a hectic festive period, you might have realised that your home is now feeling a bit too small as your family has grown or maybe you want to downsize because the house feels too big now that the kids have left home. Whatever your reason is for wanting to move, it can be a competitive market for sellers, so you need to help the process along as much as you possibly can.

Here are some tips for selling property that may help your house get sold quicker:

Be realistic about your price

House valuations and sites like Zoomla can give you an unrealistic expectation of how much you can sell your house for. If you bought your house at a time when house prices were at their peak, then you may struggle to get close to what you bought it for. You can only compare your current price to the current market. Take a look at the properties that have recently sold that are similar to yours. This will give you a better idea of what the current going rate is. Whilst you won’t be able to get details of the agreed price until a few months after it has been sold, you can keep an eye on the prices that they are put up for in your area.

Work with good agents and conveyancers

Don’t try and cut costs when it comes to hiring professional services. A cheap estate agent might take 10 times longer to sell your house, costing you a lot more in the long run. Similarly, do some research when it comes to conveyancing and research Compare Conveyancing Quotes to get an idea of the different services and prices that are out there.

Freshen up your home

You need to get the house into the best shape you can without spending a fortune. So get the garden tidied up, paint that wall that has marks all over it and get rid of all the clutter that is taking up valuable space in your house. Have a spring clean and get rid of old belongings that serve no purpose. A viewer won’t be able to see past the fact that you are keeping an item for when you can move it into a bigger place; they will just see it as a cramped space.

You can even use it as an opportunity to raise a bit of extra cash. If your kids have loads of old toys that they no longer use but are still in good condition, you can sell them through eBay or similar sites. You can do the same with clothes, furniture, that old guitar or that set of golf clubs that haven’t been used in years.

There are so many quick ways to give your house the best chance of sale, so put in the effort and enjoy the benefits quicker.

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