Many people looking to sell their house this year have had their plans disrupted or delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the property market is now back up and running and busier than ever.
Selling your home, whether you’re upgrading, downsizing or headed for a lifestyle change, will require you to research information on selling a house and make some key decisions before you even put your home on the market.
There are three different ways to sell your home. The traditional way is with an estate agent, who will take a percentage of the sale price in return for marketing your property and administering the process.
There is also the option to use an online property agent who charges a fixed rate for selling your home, or you can sell your home yourself online using an online company to advertise it for you. Whichever option you choose, always use the best online site for information on selling a house.
The agent you use is very much a personal choice. Talk to friends and neighbours who have sold similar properties to yours in the area. Before you sign any contracts, check that there is a “get out” clause if you want to switch agents or are unhappy with the service you are receiving.
Use your USP
Always use your property’s USP. Remember what it was that attracted you to the property in the first place, and make your property stand out from the crowd.
You should always make sure your home looks its best, but don’t invest thousands of pounds redecorating as your style might not be to your buyer’s taste and won’t increase the selling price.
Home staging is sometimes used by sellers who want to sell high-end properties quickly. Before recruiting any specialists to come in and recommend changes to the layout and design or your home, get information on selling a house. Loaning or buying furniture to encourage sales is expensive and doesn’t guarantee a sale.
Most estate agents will accompany any prospective buyers on viewings. Occasionally, the seller may be asked to do the viewing themselves. If you are happy to do this, be careful not to oversell and check the rules relating to Covid-19, which include hand sanitisation and prospective buyers not touching anything in the home.