How can you sell your house quickly and with as little hassle as possible? Moving house is often listed as one of the most stressful life events, but it doesn’t have to be.
Our team of property experts at House Buyer Bureau has created “The Ultimate House Sellers’ Checklist” to help you get the sale you want in a time-scale that suits you. We’ve added the checklist as a free download too — print it out and take it away with you for easy reference to make sure you don’t forget anything important.
Spruce up Your House
Before you even think about listing a property, take the time to view it from a potential buyer’s perspective. Is there a lot of clutter disguising the space available and blocking entryways? Does your house lack curb appeal because of a messy garden or peeling window paint? It’s worth spending a little time, and possibly money, to get the property looking its best before calling the photographer round or hosting viewings. Even low-budget improvements can add value to your home and help it to sell faster.
Christen Your Home
There are plenty of little tips and tricks that could help a house sell more quickly and for a better price. One such gem is to name (or rename) your home. A pretty cottage called “22 Periwinkle Cottage” is likely to be much more appealing to potential buyers than “22, The Lane”. The difference this small change can make to the sale price can be quite staggering, yet it costs the seller as little as £40. To get started, contact The RoyalMail’s “Address Maintenance Unit” department.
Set a Fair Asking Price
Invite several estate agents to value your house, and don’t be tempted to go with the agent recommending the highest figure. A recent Which? report found setting an asking price that is too high is the number one reason a property fails to sell. Do your research as well as asking the professionals. Compare recently sold properties similar to yours (in size, location, neighbourhood, condition, etc.) to get an idea of a fair asking price that will lead to a quick sale. Also, look at similar properties that have been on the market for some time — there’s a good chance they are priced too high.
Choose an Agent or Go It Alone
Choose an estate agent you trust and have confidence in to do a good job. Word-of-mouth recommendations are often a good place to start, but also consider the type of properties the agent sells, how established they are and the service on offer (opening hours, number of agents). Alternatively, save yourself the agency fees and go it alone. Many people believe they must use an estate agent to sell a house, but an increasing number of people choose to sell without an agent. Another option if you don’t want to shell out for estate agency fees is to sell through a home buying company such as the House Buyer Bureau. This is the fastest way to sell your home.
Market the Property
If you’re using an estate agent to sell a property, they should manage all the marketing for you — including taking photographs and placing ads locally. If you’re managing the sale yourself, it’s worth investing in some professional pictures to show the property in its best light and increase the number of viewings booked. Advertise in local publications aimed at your target audience. For sellers using a house buying service, you can skip this step altogether!
Tap into Current Buying Trends
The most in-demand property features and locations have changed since the end of the first COVID-induced lockdown in May 2020. Buyers prioritise gardens, space, a rural setting, a home office, fast wi-fi and access to local green spaces in their hunt for the perfect home. If your property has any of these features to offer, make the most of them by presenting them well, taking clear and professional photographs and emphasising these highlights in your marketing.
Offer COVID-Safe Selling Options
House viewings are permitted under the current government COVID-19 regulations, but many buyers will be reluctant to enter properties for viewings. Make sure that your agent — if you are using one — is offering virtual viewings and that they are committed to safe selling practices. Also, ask for a 3D video tour of your home to be added to the property advert. There may be an additional fee for this, but it is likely to increase the number of viewings booked and therefore boost your chances of securing a sale.
Hire a Solicitor
Once the property is on the market, start looking for a local solicitor to manage the legal aspects of the sale. There’s no need to hire anyone until an offer is accepted, but it can be less stressful to have someone lined up well ahead of time. Ask friends and family for recommendations and choose a professional who specialises in conveyancing.
Compare Offers and Negotiate
Sellers who are lucky enough to receive multiple offers will need to compare these and choose the best one or reject them all and keep the property on the market in hopes of a better offer. Don’t focus solely on the offer amount. While this is important, other factors may sway your decision. For example, a first-time buyer or a cash buyer will have no chain, so the risk of the sale falling through may be lower than for someone in a long chain. Selling to a house buying service means there is no risk of a failed sale due to a broken chain. If time is of the essence and a guaranteed deal is of paramount importance, complete our 60-second form, and one of our expert advisors will be in touch with a cash offer in principle.
Agree to the Sale
Whether you’re selling on the open market via an estate agent, going it alone or using a house buying service, you’ll need to formally accept an offer to start the sales process. At the point of exchange, the buyer can no longer back out of the sale. Until this point — which can take months to reach — there’s no guarantee of purchase. A house buying service will ensure the sale goes ahead once the valuation is complete and a formal offer is made. The funds can be in the homeowner’s account in as little as seven days after the offer has been accepted. Homeowners selling on the open market will have to wait for completion day to receive the proceeds of the sale. It takes an average of 12 weeks from acceptance of an offer to completion — if the sale does not fall through, as happens in almost half of all house sales in England and Wales.
Plan Your Move
Once the sale is agreed, start planning your move as early as possible. There is a lot to organise and starting early will avoid delays and stress later on. Declutter your house, start packing and labelling boxes, book a removals company and consider enlisting professional help to make things run smoothly — a sitter for the children and daycare for the dog on moving day, or a premium packing service will make moving day a dream.
The Easiest Way to Sell Your House Fast
Sell your house quickly and hassle-free with House Buyer Bureau.
It takes just 60-seconds to complete our online enquiry form. Once we have your information, we will make a cash offer in principle. We will then value your home and make a firm offer. If this is accepted, we can release the funds in as little as 7 days. Read more about how it works and find out what our customers say about our service.
There are no estate agents fees to pay and we buy properties of all types, regardless of condition. Compare the costs and income between a traditional sale and a House Buyer Bureau sale — we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.