Selling your home is one of the most important financial, practical and emotional decisions you will ever take. It is said to be one of the most stressful life events and yet so many people fail to prepare for it in any way. We are here to help you through the critical early stages of the preparation and to ensure that you get the best sale possible. Think of the preparation stage like you would any big event; it needs to begin at least a month before going to market. Do your homework so that you don’t make ill-considered decisions that leave your property stuck on the market.
1. Do your homework then listen to your chosen estate agent
Do some research; look on the property portals, Rightmove and Zoopla for example and talk to a number of estate agents. Decide who you think will be the best agent to sell your house and try not to base this simply on the highest valuation you get.
2. Suss out the competition
Look very carefully at what else is on the market in your area in your price bracket. How does yours compare? Drive past other properties which appear to be similar so that you have a clearer idea of what you are offering in comparison.
3. Be your own viewer and notice what you see
Walk through your house slowly, write down the strengths and the challenges you see in each room.
4. Become your buyer
Ask your estate agent what they think is the most likely profile of the people who will buy your house. The competition is tough, you need to be appealing to the lifestyle your buyer is looking for as far as you possibly can.
5. Notice what you notice when you view to buy
It is likely that if you are selling you are also looking to buy. You will be looking at lots of photos and probably a number of houses. Use this as another opportunity to inform how you need to sell.
For our full article, click Preparing to Sell