The 4 best tricks of the home-selling trade
Guys… The housing market is competitive, which is great for buyers, but rough on sellers.
For reals, it’s an actual joke to get your house on the market and sell it for the price that you want. We’ve looked around and seen loads of people struggle to get the cash they feel they deserve for their property. If you’re looking to sell your house and you want to get the job done in record time for the price that you want, then you need these 4 tips and tricks. We’ve done the legwork to help you achieve just this with a couple of tips on factors like pricing, which areas in your house to dapper up, how to advertise your property, and how to choose a real estate agent.
Let’s get to it. Here are our 4 absolute best tips to help you sell your property faster and for more money.
Settle on the right price tag
Price is everything, just ask us. We know first-hand that people care soooo much about cost. And we totally get it, because you can only pay what you can afford. So, let’s start with pricing your property.
Hard truth: Setting your heart on a price without taking the complicated market factors into consideration is setting yourself up for failure. Don’t do it. Instead, get your property valued by an independent appraiser. We’d even go so far as to recommend that you get at least 2 or 3 appraisers to value your home so that you can choose a realistic selling price.
Which parts of your house to spruce up
Now that you’ve got a price in mind, it’s time to get your home ready for buyers to view. The first thing you want to do is give the house a proper clean out. Buyers don’t want to see your dirty kitchen and piles of paperwork. Make it easier for them to imagine themselves living in the house by presenting a decluttered, cleaner space. You might even want to add a fresh coat of paint (keep it neutral and shy away from passionate tones) to help with the whole ‘blank canvas’ vibe.
Oh and we can’t tell you how important smell is… So make sure that your home smells great when buyers are popping in for a visit by putting out some fresh flowers, bake some biscuits, or spritz some delightfully fresh air freshener. It makes a huge difference.
Once you’ve done the inside, head outside and focus on the front. Get out the clippers and trim the hedges, maybe touch-up the boundary wall with some paint, and even consider hiring a gardening service to make the outdoor area sparkle.
Get more eyes on your adverts
To get the most views on your ads, we suggest you head to the internet, where you can put your property on multiple property sites. Not only is it more cost-effective than traditional ads (think magazines and newspapers) but you can add innovative features to your ad, like a virtual tour.
A video tour of your house will help buyers visualise themselves inside the property, so they’re more likely to click on your ad if there’s a tour option. And talking of clicks, when you advertise online you should be able to track how much attention your ad is getting. If your ad isn’t getting clicks then you change up the wording, add better pics, or even change the price.
Use a professional, experienced real estate agent
Advertising online is amazing, make no mistake about it. But the human touch is irreplaceable and the right agent can make a massive difference to the sales process. The thing is, you need to make sure that you get an experienced real estate agent with a proven track record of selling properties for the (or as near as) asking prices. This will help you sell your home faster and get the price you’re after.
Before we leave you to get started on getting your house sold, we want to drop just 1 last tip. Make sure that the insurance side of things is sorted. You don’t want to forget to update your home insurance address when you’ve sold the house and moved to somewhere else. You’d be surprised at just how many people forget about this detail… And if they have to claim, then it goes a bit wrong because the claim is for a house that isn’t insured.
If you don’t already have our royal home insurance, then click here for a commitment-free quote today. We can’t wait for you to become part of the family!