The independent estate agents and valuers – and National Association of Estate Agent members – suggest:
– In the first instance, choose your agent wisely. Talk to friends, scour the papers, get recommendations and visit agents to get a feel for their style and professionalism.
– Don’t necessarily choose the agent that suggests the highest value for your home, or one that offers the cheapest fee. If the fee is so cheap are they really interested in getting you the best price?
– Put yourself in a buyer’s position and be realistic about your pricing. The memories that make your home so valuable to you aren’t going to be shared by the new owner – they will be thinking about what they will change about the house.
– Get out and view some properties. Unless you know how much your next home will cost, how can you decide what to accept for your own? Think about the figure you are prepared to accept. Knowing this at the outset will help you to price your home competitively and also make negotiations with buyers more straightforward. Don’t dismiss low offers without thinking them through; a swift sale may save you money in the long run.
– First impressions count. Look at the way your house is presented both inside and out. A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference. Tidy the front of your house and clean your front door. If you have a front garden make sure it is well maintained.
– The inside of your house should be as free from clutter as possible, and having a general tidy up will help in preparation for moving. Do all the small jobs you haven’t got around to, such as changing that light bulb and fixing that squeaky door. If a potential buyer is undecided about your property it could be these small things that make the difference between a sale or them walking away.
Harrison Murray managing director Nick Salmon said: “Getting a property sold is a team effort between the agent and the seller so owners who show they’re sensible and keen to sell will always be at the forefront of the agent’s mind.”
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