When you put your property on the property market, most people would like a quick sale which allows them to move to their next property in a short space of time. However, in the current economic climate, selling property has become increasingly difficult simply because there are far less buyers. There are steps that you can take to make your property more attractive to buyers to encourage a quick sale.
Here are a few tips to follow if you are looking to sell your house fast.
1. Decorate in Neutral Colours
When potential buyers are looking for their new home, the majority of them would like a blank canvas which gives them the opportunity to make the house their own without having to completely redecorate. Decorating your home in neutral colours will give this effect.
Bright colours such as yellows, greens and purples can be off-putting if the buyer does not like a vibrant interior; it may make the house seem unappealing or make the buyer believe that too much work will need to be done in order to make it to their taste.
It is important to have a flow through the house, so having a different colour in each room is not a good idea. Sticking to neutral magnolias, browns and whites gives a warm feel but still leaves room for the buyer to make the house their own.
Whilst your clutter will go with you when you move home, it can still be an off-putting feature for people who come to view the house if it is strewn across the floors and on surfaces. Many buyers would not be able to look past this and therefore would not consider your house as a potential to buy, even if without the clutter it would be their ideal home.
Also, having clutter suggests that the property does not have adequate storage space e.g. having the vacuum and ironing board in the corner of a bedroom as there is no cupboard for them to be kept in. This could also discourage buyers; even if there are limited storage options, ensure that such household items are hidden during viewings, put them in a wardrobe or loft area if there is no alternative!
3. Fix The Little Problems
Most lived-in houses have small defects which for the current owner are easily ignored, but buyers coming to view a property will notice them. Things such as blown light bulbs or dripping taps are only small issues, but may lead the viewer to think that as these have not been attended to, there may be other larger issues which have not been fixed too.
4. Be Flexible
Selling a house is not an easy process and there can be many set-backs along the way, this is why it is important for you to be flexible in your approach. If your agent is unavailable to lead a viewing, offer to do it yourself rather than make the buyer wait; in the meantime they could find another property and put an offer in on that instead.
Also, work around the buyer in terms of moving date, even if this inconveniences you. Reducing the chain in the buying process will encourage buyers as it will allow them to move in asap.
5. Marketing Strategy
You will not receive many interested parties if your house cannot be found, or does not look appealing. Therefore, it is important that the photographs that the estate agent photographer takes are of high quality and show the house in the best light possible.
Also, the way that the property is marketed is crucial to obtaining a sale. Ensure that your property is listed on popular property websites such as RightMove and Zoopla, as well as your estate agents own website, as over 95% of all house searches begin on the Internet. It is good practice to give the potential buyers as much information about the house as possible so ensure that your listings include full descriptions, floor plans and even a 360 Virtual Tour.
If you follow all of these steps that you have a good chance of selling your home quickly, however, if you do these and still cannot find a buyer, there are other options available if you cannot wait any longer to move.
6. Cash Buyers
Cash buyer companies are becoming increasingly common as a method of selling a property quickly in this economic climate. These companies have the cash ready to buy your property meaning that the sale can go through quickly. They will typically offer up to 95% of the market value of your home, sometimes more. This is a great alternative to leaving your property languishing on the property market for months and months.
Cash buyers are also a good option if your home is to be repossessed and could result in you walking away from the home dodging repossession and with some cash in your pocket, if you are in positive equity.
If you are looking to sell your house quickly, then there undoubtedly barriers to this, but also many things that you can do to help speed up the process. For a guaranteed quick sale, the you can turn to a cash property buyer company such as Compass Property Buyers.