According to studies, selling your home is one of the most stressful things you’re likely to have to do in your lifetime. There are a number of factors that can make it an, at times, difficult experience.
One of which is that however much we wish we could, we inevitably cannot control the state of the economy and property market at the time of selling. As many people in the property selling trade will currently be aware, the ever looming uncertainty of Brexit and how it will affect the property market is constantly hanging over the heads of us all.
A lot of people are reluctant to buy and sell at current in the UK because they’re unsure whether waiting for the completion of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union may help their chances of selling for a higher value.
Although there are certain aspects you can’t physically control,
Improve Your Kerb Appeal
The first crucial step in helping you to sell your house more quickly is by revamping and improving your kerb appeal. However, surprisingly, not everybody knows what this is! Here is a quick definition:
Kerb Appeal, is simply the attractiveness of the outside of a property and its surroundings from a street view – basically how appealing it looks to those passing. Easy enough, right?
In order to improve your kerb appeal, of course the most important thing to focus on is the exterior at the front of your home if possible. This means things like tidying the garden and repointing brickwork in order to get it looking neater, and ultimately more appealing to potential buyers who may be passing by.
It doesn’t have to cost a lot, and it doesn’t have to be time consuming. Just follow a few simple steps:
- Start with what borders your home, is it a fence or a hedge that creates your garden boundary? If it’s the fence, a lick of paint should do the trick. If it’s a hedge, a touch of pruning will have it appearing instantly neater. Likewise, remember to take a look at your front gate too. Nothing is less welcoming to potential buyers than coming for a viewing, and struggling or being unable to even cross the precipice! Some simple oiling, cleaning, and TLC should do it.
- Next, look at your paths and garden. What could you improve? Clean the path ways, clear the weeds, and trim and give your lawn a treatment. Also, don’t be worried of getting creative and adding some flowers to your garden too – it makes the world of difference.
- Then look at the literal exterior of your house. As mentioned, does the brickwork need repointing, or could the windows do with a polish? Remember to look at your front door too, and consider painting it and replacing its accessories such as numbers, handles and letterboxes with new versions. It can be the difference between the entire door looking old or new.
- Finally, and this is just a fun tip, but get a welcoming door mat too. Not only will it look homely, but it’ll also stop people traipsing outdoor debris into your home. Win win!
Remember, above all, that first impressions count.
Try Depersonalising and Rearranging Your Home
Next up, why not try depersonalising the inside of your property? It might sound harsh, but everyone has different tastes, and potential buyers don’t come to admire what you’ve done to the place, but to see the literal space itself, and to furthermore visualise how they would decorate it, given the chance.
That being said, consider giving the walls a lick of neutral coloured paint. The great thing about neutral colours is not only do they give potential buyers a blank canvas to work with when visualising their own belongings and décor in the room, but it also optimises the space that’s available. If there’s something that the vast majority of home buyers are willing to fork out for, it’s space, so whatever you can do to optimise it, it’s advisable that you do exactly that.
Whether this is investing in a couple of strategically placed mirrors to give the optical illusion of a more spacious set up, or getting rid of and rearranging some of your prepositioned furniture, it doesn’t matter. Whatever you do to freshen up,
A great accessory to add to a property that’s for sale, is fresh flowers and houseplants. Nothing freshens and brightens up a room more than a bouquet of beautifully smelling fresh flowers, or some quirky, tropical houseplants. People don’t even realise, but the amazing thing is regardless of the time of year you’re selling your home, it allows those inside of it to reconnect with nature from the indoors. Being able to offer that in a space for such a little price, is pretty amazing.
Consider Alternative Sales Methods
Finally, if you’re in a real hurry to sell your property, why not consider using an alternative method of sale?
Not always, but sometimes when people are looking to sell their property quickly, it’s due to unforeseen circumstances such as divorce or bereavement. Because of this, it can seem nigh on impossible to play the waiting game with estate agents, as well as having to pay their fees. This is where people sometimes look to use quick sale companies.
Of course, in return for a quick sale, it’s often likely that you will get below the market value for the property, but each company is different, so just ensure you do your research prior to enquiring. This is a good option for those looking to spend less money and time selling their homes, as a lot of the time you’ll get a free valuation, a cash offer, and well, the property could be sold in as little as seven days.
As long as you’re mindful, and do your research, there’s no reason why this can’t work as a viable option.