The current state of the housing market means people are looking for different ways to get the best price for their house. People can no longer expect to sell their homes for the maximum profit with minimum effort. Investing some time and money could now be the difference between you getting the best price and you falling short of what you expect.
Unfortunately too many expect people to sell their property based on assumptions and misinformation. The value of property is constantly changing and something you need to get right. Look at properties for sale and properties that have been sold recently in your area which are of similar size. Seek quotations from a minimum of three different estate agents and then take an average. And lastly look on the internet. There are a host of websites that list what other properties are asking for, have been sold for and can also keep you up to date with the latest news in the property market. Once you have done this research and you know what price you are aiming to achieve, getting the property in a movable condition is next.
Do your best to make you home look like a show home. If at first this means repairing any minor damage to the property, then get it done. Broken doors, a hole in the wall or even just a fresh coat of paint on some walls that are really starting to look drab will make all the difference. Spending a small amount of money on these issues now can be seen as an investment into getting that optimum price. If they are not sorted, it allows a potential customer more room to negotiate and could cost you a lot more not just in money, but also in time down the line. When you do have people coming to view the house, then make sure it is clean and looking its best. Research has shown that the kitchen is the most important room when making a decision, so make sure it is sparkling. Dirty dishes or food left on the cooker are unacceptable. This generally goes for the rest of the house, making sure it is tidy and uncluttered. This may even mean removing bits of furniture to make it feel bigger. Its not about showing someone how you live, but how the space could be used if they lived there.
The more people that view your home, the higher the number of potential people will be interested in buying it. This may be obvious, but actually achieving it will again require some investment. Estate agents are often the first choice, but online listings and sites selling property, the local newspapers and even social media are other areas where you should allocate some money and time, in order to get the viewings.
If all of these things are done right, then getting the maximum asking price for your house should be very achievable, and not too long to get the sale.
Jess Collins is passionate about home design, property and consumer rights. Preparing your property for sale is an essential step if you want to sell your home. By following this advice you can be sure of getting the best deal when you sell your home.
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