How can you sell your house quickly and with as little hassle as possible? Moving house is 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.
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 aegent 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 are choosing 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!
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.
Consider Holding an Open House
Unless you’re selling to a house buying service, your estate agent will need to book potential buyers in for viewings. These can be conducted either by the agent or the seller. An open house is a great way to allow numerous viewings to take place on one day during a fixed period. This reduces the inconvenience to the seller, who might want to avoid countless individual viewings. It also encourages competition between buyers — which could result in a higher final sale price.
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 after the completion of valuation 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.
Sell your house quickly and hassle-free with the 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 seven days. 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 here.