It’s the start of a brand new year, and with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations out of the way, you may be eager to move into a new property to kick-start 2020.
Whilst many dreams of a quick and easy sale, it can be easier to achieve with adequate preparation beforehand.
Are you interested in selling quickly for the new decade? We’ve put together five of our top tips for getting your property sold swiftly and efficiently this year – speeding up your sale and saving time.
Don’t just rely on online estate agents
Online estate agents have become very popular in recent years – almost to the extent that homeowners can fall into the trap of relying on them solely for the marketing and sale of their property.
Online agents can be useful in covering all bases for your home, but an issue with them is the lack of action they take in actively selling your property. They often simply list it, instead of pushing for it to be sold. If you’re looking for a quick sale, use a trusted local estate agent who will provide the experience and expertise to get your property sold quickly in a market they know like the back of their hand.
Stay in touch and follow-up
If you’re looking to speed up a sale, staying on top of how all parties involved (buyers, solicitors, agents etc) are progressing is key to ensuring everything’s on track.
Make sure you’re kept in the loop and that the ball is always rolling. If you haven’t heard from your solicitor in a few days, give them a call and ask for an update. This also goes for any estate agents you’ve decided to use, along with following up any potential buyers (although try to avoid being pushy!). Making sure everyone involved is on track and on your side with the sale will certainly speed things up and should help you stay organised too.
Always be prepared for a viewing
Property viewings can pop-up at any point throughout the selling process, with some possibly being scheduled at the last minute to fit around busy working lives. Being prepared for a house viewing at the drop of a hat will make sure you’re not losing out on any potential buyers who may not be flexible on viewing dates.
Making a house viewing checklist with everything you need to do before a potential buyer comes over is likely to reduce the stress of last-minute viewings and ensure you haven’t missed anything.
The list may include making the beds, putting out fresh towels and a quick clean up around the home (to name a few). During the winter months, it’s also worth making sure both front and back garden lights are working so that potential buyers can still get an idea of what the outside looks like even in the dark – kerb appeal goes a long way!
Be realistic on price
For most, our homes are one of the biggest investments we’ve made in our lifetime. It’s no surprise then that when it comes to selling up, we want to get the best price possible.
But it’s important to be realistic when pricing your home. You’ve likely done your research on the local market, along with consulting an estate agent. But at the end of the day, it’s up to you to price your home. If you’re really in the market for a quick sale (without giving your home away for nothing), set your home at a good price that will draw interest from potential buyers.
Have paperwork ready
It’s often all too easy to put off paperwork – pushing it to the side and procrastinating as we promise ourselves we’ll have the energy to do it another time. But if you’re serious about selling quickly, you’ll need to stay on top of it.
Being proactive and preparing (mentally and physically) for the paperwork that’s to come is essential in closing out the sale of your home with minimal delays. Having all documents and key information on hand and being ready to fill out any paperwork will help make the process less daunting. If there’s a lot to do, try to avoid doing it in one sitting so you don’t burn out.
We hope you found our tips useful! If you are interest in selling your home, click here for a market appraisal.