Are you selling your property? Then now is a great time, as house prices rise across the UK. It’s also a great time for us to highlight the biggest potential mistakes that you could be making whilst trying to sell your property.
The UK housing market is going through something of purple patch, and currently it’s a great time to sell your house. But no matter how good the housing market is, it means nothing if you make any of the following mistakes. Take our advice, and avoid these common pitfalls and you’ll be well on your way to selling your property for big money!
Selling A Property – The Rules
- First Impressions Count – Imagine you’re going on a date. You stand a much better chance of impressing your potential partner if you turn up looking tidy, then if you turn up looking a mess. The same goes for houses. If you’re trying to entice people to look around your property, make it look presentable. Mow the lawn, vacuum the floor, wash the windows – nobody will want to by a house that looks a mess.
- Prepare to Be Inconvenienced – What might be a convenient time for you to show someone around your house might not be a good time for your potential buyer. Be prepared to show people around your home at weekends, and on weeknights.
- Make it clear as to what is included in the property – Try not to be vague or cagey about what is for sale. Potential buyers will be put off buying a property if they’re not sure what it is they are actually paying for. In the same way, keep all documents pertaining to the property together, so that you have all the information to hand if you’re asked tricky questions.
- Rejecting Reasonable Offers – Very often people reject early offers hoping for a bigger price for their property. But you could find that your property is correctly priced for the market, and that the early offers you receive are the only ones you’re going to get. As long as an offer is reasonable, you should consider it. Also, try not to put the price up too high initially. That’s a sure fire way to put off online searches.
- Detach Yourself From The Property – At the end of the day, you’re selling your home and nobody is looking to buy your precious memories. They’re out to buy a property that they can live in, and create their own happy times. If you find yourself getting too attached let the sales agent take potential buyers around. You may find that some of your design choices aren’t to everyone’s tastes, so depersonalize rooms as best you can so that buyers can picture themselves living in them. It can be quite hard to say goodbye to a property you’ve lived and worked in, but focus on the potential and you’ll find its much easier.
The most important thing to remember however, when selling your home, is to choose a chartered surveyor who can help you organise things properly. A licensed chartered surveyor can tell you what improvements need doing to your property and how that will affect the asking price.
For more information on help when selling your home, give JDB Surveys a call on 0151 486 3437.