I Need to Sell My House Quick — What Are My Options?
Do you know anybody who has enjoyed selling their home? Decisions about buying and selling a home can be some of the most stressful and important choices we make, especially when there is an added time pressure or unexpected life circumstances to juggle.
There are a variety of ways to sell your house, ranging from estate agents to auctions and assisted sales. But with the average property sale taking 4.2 months, what happens when you need to sell your house quick? Whether you’re in the middle of a divorce, relocating abroad, going through financial hardship or any other circumstance that means you want to sell your house quickly, selecting the right method for a fast and hassle-free house sale will help ease the pressure. So what are the options when you need to sell up quick?
Going the Traditional Route
When you’ve got a lot on your plate, researching different ways to sell your home can seem like the least of your worries. Using traditional methods including estate agents and online property portals may seem like an easy option, but they can be extremely long, costly and stressful processes.
If you’re considering opting for a local estate agent, it is also worth remembering this will usually lock you into a contract — and despite their persuasive demeanour, there is no guarantee that your house will sell quickly. Online property portals can also be a drawn-out process. Although you can reach a larger audience and are free of estate agent fees, you will need to factor in the cost of a solicitor as well as — in some cases — making sure you’re free to do viewings.
Taking Your Home to Auction
You may have seen TV programmes like Homes under the Hammer that make house auctions seem like a quick and easy way to shift your house. Selling your home at an auction is an option you may be considering. But in reality — much like the traditional routes explored above — there is no strict guarantee the sale will be quick as it depends on the property market in your area.
That is not to say auctioning your home isn’t a good option. It can be a swift method — especially if your house needs renovating and would make a good project for a keen property developer. However, if you are inexperienced in auctioning houses, it can cause additional stress and it is worth noting that unsuccessful attempts to auction your home can lead to remarketing issues later down the line.
Finding a Genuine Cash Buyer
Other than the uncertainty of your house selling, a large part of the hassle of selling your home comes from the viewings. Genuine cash buyers can offer a stress-free and flexible way to sell your house, giving you control over exactly when you want to move — without listing your property for any viewings. Using a house buying service is by far the quickest method if you need to move fast and is the only sure-fire way to guarantee a sale.
However, selecting a company you can trust is also important. For added security, select a member of the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB), a not-for-profit organisation that alongside The Property Ombudsman, has a strict Code of Practice its members must adhere to. With no legal, valuation or estate agency fees to pay and no viewings, genuine cash buyers can take the stress out of the whole process and speed things up when you want to act fast.
Selling a home is an important financial decision. But in some circumstances, a quick sale can save a lot of energy, effort, and money. Whatever your reason for selling your home, make sure you consider the options and finding the right way for you. If you want to sell quickly, why not get an initial cash offer today? Simply begin by entering your postcode.