It can be difficult to sell a home quickly in the current economy, when property price crashes and economic caution are tightening the market. However, there are some areas that should be explored if you do want to sell your home quickly. These areas range from taking the time to set and compare prices, while also being flexible over negotiations, and attentive to making the best possible impression for viewings. Doing so can mean that you can put together a strong property package that can attract buyers. Some things to particularly watch out for include:
1 – Setting Prices
You need to shop around for different prices within your area in order to come up with the best kind of price. Make sure that you don’t overvalue your property, and ensure that you are responsive to national market trends over prices. It might just be that you have to accept a lower offer if you are going to sell a property quickly.
2 – Choose a Range of Marketing Methods
Good marketing need not be expensive, but should be imaginative in how you target a number of different areas. Work with estate agents to promote your property as a ‘deal of the week,’ and ensure that your property is listed on a large number of online sites. The more people that view your ad, the more chance you will have of getting a good pool of viewers.
3 – Be Flexible
Given the current property market, it is essential that you are flexible when it comes to a final offer. Being flexible doesn’t mean that you can’t negotiate, and doesn’t mean that you have to go significantly under your minimum. If possible, discuss your best options with an estate agent.
4 – Make a Good First Impression
Good first impressions make a big difference to prospective buyers. Make sure that you take the time to thoroughly clean your property, and consider hiring a professional company to ensure that the oven is cleaned out, and that any difficult to reach areas are covered.
5 – Get a Second Opinion
You can’t always judge your own opinion of your home, so get a second opinion on its conditions. This opinion doesn’t have to necessarily come from an estate agent, but might come from a friend or colleague that hasn’t seen your home before.
6 – Work on Gardens
A messy garden can push away prospective buyers, so make sure that any front and back areas are tended and de-weeded. Again, a professional company might be the best option for handling this job.
7 – De-Personalise a Home
Family photographs and personal items can be a problem when you do a viewing. You want people to be able to imagine themselves living in your property, so make sure that they don’t feel uncomfortable about being in your home.
8 – Compare a Number of Estate Agents
Although you may be in a rush, it’s always worth comparing a number of estate agents to make sure that you have one that will give you their full attention for the duration of a sale. You also need to check that fees are competitive to your area.
Guest Post by Martin Roche – Professional blogger for http://www.spicer.co.uk offering tips and advice for people buying and selling property