How to Sell a Home Fast in the Current Market

Written by  //  2016/10/13  //  Selling a Home  //  No comments

Selling a home is always stressful, especially if you are selling under duress thanks to a divorce or redundancy. Often, homeowners need a quick sale to appease their creditors or because they have found their dream home and they can’t buy until equity is released from the current property. This piles pressure on the owners and makes the whole process miserable. The good news is that you don’t need to sweat it for too long. There are plenty of ways to achieve a quick sale, even in a depressed property market.

Selling for Cash

Property Cash Buyers, and other similar companies, buy homes for cash. All you have to do is fill in a form and ask for a valuation. If you are happy with the valuation, the company buys your home for cash and you are saved from the expense of estate agent fees. You can even arrange to stay in the property as a tenant if you prefer. Everyone’s a winner.

Price the Property Right

Overpriced properties don’t sell fast, if at all. Homes that are priced too low will sell fast, but you will lose out on a chunk of money. It is hard for amateurs to figure out the right selling price, so it is a good idea to obtain a professional valuation from at least three experienced estate agents. They know the local market and it’s in their best interest to price your home competitively.

Use a Professional Photographer

With listings now appearing predominantly online, visual appeal is crucial. Most potential buyers scan the photos without looking at the text. They only dig deeper if they like the photos, so if your home is poorly displaced online, you have lost a significant number of potential viewings. Professional photographers take better shots, so pay extra for quality photos to maximize viewings.

Boost Kerb Appeal

The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer sees. First impressions count, so try to make a positive one. Remove rubbish from the front garden and fix the rickety gate. Plant some flowers in pots and fix a hanging basket on the porch to welcome visitors. The more you make the place feel like “home”, the easier it will be to sell your lifestyle to a buyer.

Declutter Your Home

Remove extraneous clutter and personal items. You may love your cute cat ornaments and cuddly teddies, but prospective buyers will disagree. The idea is to create a de-personalized space where buyers can visualize their own belongings and furniture in there. Cluttered rooms look small and cramped, so take out the rubbish and rent a storage unit if you can’t bear to get rid of it all.

Arrange an Open House Day

Open days are a great way to generate a buzz amongst interested buyers. If people think others are interested, they are more likely to place a bid for fear of missing out on a good deal.

If you price your home to reflect its condition/location and follow the tips above, you should have no problem achieving a quick sale.

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