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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

House for Sale – 6 Tips for a Quick Sale

House for Sale – 6 Tips for a Quick Sale

When you list your house for sale, you’d ideally want it to be a quick, easy, and smooth process with no hiccups. Many external factors influence how fast you can sell your house, including the market conditions, competition, and interest rates, these variables you can’t control. However, there are many things within your power that you can do to successfully sell your house much quicker.

Price it right

One of the most common mistake sellers making when they list their house for sale is to overprice their property, which can be a costly mistake. Any smart real estate agent will tell you that in the first 2 to 3 weeks you’ll get the most buyer traffic for your property. By overvaluing your house for more than it’s worth will put off many buyers, and leave your house lingering on the market for many more months to come.
Undervaluing also has it’s downside, find out how much similar homes in your area are going for, and get two or three private appraisals to give a indication of what your home is worth.

First impressions are vital

Before even walking into your house, buyers have already started judging your home the moment they drove onto your street. As the old saying goes you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Brighten up your home by buying colorful plants and keep the hallway clutter free, this will be the first room they see in your house, make sure it gives off the right impression. The overall tone of your home should be warm and welcoming, you want to the buyer to visualize your home as their own.

Hide the ankle biters

Your pets may be the nicest and cutest animals in the world, and you may even think they’ll win the hearts of your potential buyers, wrong! Not everybody loves pets and having cats and dogs running around the house can put buyers off. Empty the litter trays to ensure your house doesn’t smell, and keep your pets in the garden when you have a house showing.

Always be ready for viewings

Extending from the previous point, it’s always important to have your property ready for a showing at any time when your house is for sale. Make sure there are no dishes in the sink, all the worktops are clutter-free, and the bathrooms are sparkling. It may be a little tiresome to constantly clean everything, but if will get your house sold.

Remove the curtains

As a general rule of thumb, if your drapes are older than 10 years, take them down now. Your house is for sale so privacy isn’t really that important, and the extra light will give your house a bigger feeling. Otherwise, always tie your drapes back as it makes rooms look cleaner and more appealing.

Bring out the paint rollers

Painting your home inside and out can really make a difference when it comes to selling your home. Stick to neutral colors such as white and cream, any rooms in your home that are of an unusual color, paint over them. You won’t be living here much longer and buyers prefer a clean canvas to work with, then having to adjust to the previous homeowners style.
Many factors need to be considered when you list your house for sale, it’s simply not enough to just list and expect it to be sold. Buyers are more picker than ever and their demands are high, by following some of the tips advised today can be the difference between selling your house in just a few months, to waiting for a year or more.

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