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top tips on selling your home


Putting your house on the market can be quite stressful as there is so much you need to do. You’ll have to arrange for an estate agent to pop around and value the house as well as put it on the market. Not only that, though, you will also need to make sure the property is in good condition so that you can sell it without too many problems.

Once the house is on the market, you just have to sit back and wait. You’ll firstly be waiting for viewings to be arranged, and then you will need to wait to hear back from those who did view the house – will they put an offer in or not? If no one does put an offer in, it can become very frustrating. You might even start to ask yourself why your home isn’t selling. Here are some of the usual reasons.

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You’re Not Using Online Sale Sites

Even though most estate agents now place their properties on online sales sites and on their own website, some of the more traditional firms still do not do this. They will only advertise your property in their office window and in local newspapers. Unfortunately, this isn’t opening your advert up to as wide an audience as possible. It’s possible to sell any house online these days, and it is a great way to achieve a quick sale. Almost every house hunter is searching online these days, and you don’t want them to miss your home because it hasn’t been listed online.

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The Photographs Don’t Do It Justice

When you decide which estate agent to go with, they will need to come around to your home and take pictures of it. Generally speaking, most agents will photograph each room. If possible, you should ask to see the photos before they are added to the advert so that you can be sure that they make all of the rooms look bright and spacious. Poor photos won’t do a property justice, and not many people who see the advert will be interested in viewing the house. So, if the photos aren’t quite up to scratch the first time around, you should ask the agent to redo them.

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Your Property Is Priced Incorrectly

When your estate agent of choice first views your house, they will give you an estimation of how much they believe it is worth. Normally, they will give you a price range. The lower estimation is usually what they recommend you price your house at if you want a quick sale. So, did you take the agent’s advice and price the house slightly lower to try and sell it quickly? If not, then that could be the reason why it isn’t selling as quickly as you might like. If you have chosen to go with the estate agent’s upper estimation then there is a slight danger that you have priced your home too high. It could be a good idea to rethink the asking price and lower it slightly to appeal to more potential buyers.

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The First Impression Isn’t Great

Most homeowners make sure that their property looks fantastic inside. They will do any decorating and improvements that need carrying out before they put it on the market. After all, not many people want to buy a house that will need a lot of work carrying out on it as soon as they move in! But one way in which many homeowners slip up is that they forget to take care of the property’s exteriors. If the kerb appeal isn’t great, then there isn’t much chance of people wanting to arrange a viewing. That’s because they might think that the home might be just as bad inside. So, take some time to ensure the front garden is neat and tidy and that any paintwork on the exterior is touched up and updated.

It’s Not The Right Time To Sell

Just like with any industry, there are slow periods for the property market. These are times when hardly any people are looking to buy a new house and move. More often than not, December and January are very slow times in this industry as people are far too busy with Christmas and the New Year to think about buying a new property and moving. You might find that things start to pick up in March once the weather starts to improve and people aren’t hibernating away from the cold weather so much! Because of this, it is really important to consider the timing for putting your house on the market. It might be worth waiting to list it in summer so that you can benefit from a quick sale.

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You Aren’t Getting Feedback From Your Estate Agent

Your estate agent should send you feedback from everyone who views your house. This feedback should include the things that they liked about your property as well as the reasons why they decided not to put an offer in. If you do get this kind of feedback, it’s really important that you do listen to all of this feedback as it can help you improve your house ready for the next viewing. For instance, someone who looked around might have said that all the clutter put them off buying it. Or perhaps they thought that too much decorating would need to be done once they move in. If this is the case, you know to tidy the home up more for the next viewing, and that it might be worth redecorating so your rooms are neutral. Your agent should always give you this kind of feedback. If they don’t, it’s worth following up about it, as they might have just forgotten to forward it to you.

Hopefully, one of the reasons above is why your house isn’t selling. As you now know the solution, you can go and fix things straight away. Here’s hoping that you find the right buyer for your property very soon!

Good luck with the rest of your sale!

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