So, you fancy selling up and changing location. Maybe your family is growing, employment is taking you to new grounds, or maybe you just want a general change of scenery. First thing first, you might want to sell you current property.
Although it is an exciting time, there are a number of common mistakes that can occur when selling your home.
We have compiled the top 10 below.
Selling your home before you’re actually ready
As funny as it may sound have you properly thought this through? Selling up and changing property is a big deal. Make sure you are 100 per cent ready and fully committed to the cause because it can be a long one.
Not hiring a professional to sell your home
That’s where we come in. Sometimes people will try to sell their property by themselves and this can be recipe for disaster. We are not saying that this always happens, but having the skills and expertise of an estate agency and/or property solicitor (ahem) on your side should always be a cert. You may underestimate the work that goes in to selling your property.
Mispricing your home
Again, this is where we can help. Many homeowners will overestimate the price of their property. Although, with the market we are currently in steadily increasing, pricing your property is something that requires realism and expertise.
Neglecting necessary repairs prior to sale
You should be doing everything to make sure your home is in tiptop shape when taking it to market. Would you go to a shop and buy half a suit or a ripped dress? No. Make sure your property is looking the best it can be to make sure more eyes are looking at.
General house tidiness and removal of junk prior to sale
Similar to general house repairs – you should be doing everything to best advertise your house. Potential buyers will be looking through your property and, as much as they might not admit it, will be judging your personality based on the cleanliness of your home. Would you buy a property from someone who lives messy? Chances are no. Give your home that added gloss and care effect. It’ll pay off BIG time.
Selling an empty house
Believe it or not, an empty house isn’t always a great sight to a potential buyer. Buyers want to see character and personality in the property. It will be harder for them to imagine themselves living there if the rooms are stark empty. It also gives the impression you can’t wait to leave and they might start asking questions why.
Failure to disclose information on the property prior to sale
This one can come back to bite you in the backside at a later date. Be honest and transparent with people who are viewing the property. They, in turn, will appreciate this.
Refusing to negotiate
In this market, you can’t seem to be stubborn with offers. We will always be on hand to best advise, but flexibility in the asking price and the ability to negotiate are positive traits to possess.
Using bad photos
We will be able to help with this. When selling a property, buyers will view it firstly online. Good visuals are very important and people always react more favourably towards them. More clicks, more property views, the better.
Not having a back-up plan
You have no idea how long it will take to sell your property. Having a back-up plan is fundamental. It is better to be over prepared, than under.