Are you in a situation where you need to sell your home quickly? Property sales are notoriously unpredictable and sometimes it can takes weeks and months for the right buyer to come along. If you are in a hurry to sell your property fast, for whatever reason, you may not have the luxury of playing the long game.
Luckily, there are tried and trusted ways that you can speed up the process of selling your house sensibly and intelligently. We’ve put together our 5 top tips to help you to realise a quick sale, enabling you to move on with your life without undue delay.
- Set the right price
If you want a quick sale, you need to price your property competitively, it’s as simple as that. Too low and you’re selling yourself short, too high and the punters won’t be biting. Establishing the true market value of a property is a job for professionals with plenty of experience in the local market.
Ask a local estate agent, surveyor or other property expert for their professional opinion – and get a second or even third opinion to arrive at the right figure for your home. Don’t forget to tell them that you are looking to sell quickly. The property needs to be ‘priced to sell’ – meaning that you are prepared to accept a slightly lower price in return for achieving a quick sale.
- Maximise kerb appeal
You know what they say: You never get a second change to make a first impression. Make sure your property is presented in the best possible way so that a potential buyer will want to come inside and see more. It all starts with the front of the house, the drive, the front garden, your front door. Does it look inviting or is in need of some TLC? Take a good look, or better still, ask a friend to give you honest feedback.
Tidy up the front, pressure wash the drive, fix the fence, mow the lawn, give your front door a new lick of paint if necessary, and add some fresh planting or hanging baskets. Don’t put off all those little jobs – they may well make all the difference between a yes and a no for anyone coming to view your property. A well-kept exterior is key to achieving a quick sale.
- Declutter and depersonalise
Once your potential buyer has made it through the front door, you want to keep up the good work. Make sure there’s nothing distracting or off-putting in your house – a clean, welcoming blank canvas that any buyer can visually paint their own dreams into is your goal. A show home, if you like.
Finish any DIY jobs and decorations. Put away quirky art collections, knick-knacks and everyday clutter, so that your visitors can really appreciate the space. Take down family photos and replace them with neutral artwork. Tone down vibrant colour schemes and create a calm, friendly space that allows potential buyers to visualise their own family and lifestyle in the property. Make it easy for them!
- Dress the house
If you want to sell your home quickly, you need the first viewing to make a real impact, and that’s where the right ambience can make all the difference.
The aim of the game here is to create a peaceful, harmonious atmosphere. First, find a temporary home for your pets and small children if a viewing is imminent – they may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Then, make the viewing a pleasant experience that appeals to all the senses. Fresh flowers, just baked bread, the breeze of a warm summer’s day, soft music in the background, scented candles or mood lighting…it may be clichéd but it works! If you have a woodburner, why not show it off? Some people find the smell of bacon sizzling irresistible. Others are seduced by the delicate scent of lavender, or fresh linen. See what works for you.
- Get professional assistance
It is of course possible to go it alone, but selling houses can be a tricky business best left to professionals. Particularly if you are in a rush to sell your home, it is wise to enlist the help of a property expert to make sure everything happens as it should. Estate agents can be invaluable and well worth their commission – but even they may not fully appreciate the full sense of urgency.
Barry Home Buyers are different: we specialise in fast property sales. We will work with your particular situation and buy your property quickly, whatever your reason for sale and whatever the condition of your home. In fact, we guarantee to make you a genuine offer on your home and complete the transaction as quickly as possible, solving your property problem with maximum speed and professionalism. Contact us today on 01446 349 001 to find out how we can help to sell your home quickly.