Looking to sell your home? Lisa our branch manager from Mirfield office shares her top tips to get you moving, from her years of experience.
Kerb Appeal, make sure the exterior of your property is well presented, gardens are tidy, windows and front door are clean, gutters are cleared etc. First impressions are everything and a lot of potential purchasers will have a drive past the property first before booking a viewing. If you have any windows where the seal has blown consider having these replaced before marketing.
Clean, clean and clean! Nobody wants to move into a dirty house, dust, vac, get the washing up done, put down toilet seats for viewings.
De-clutter, if you have items of clothing, books, toys etc cluttering up rooms, a purchaser will assume there isn't enough storage in the property, it can also make the property look less appealing on the brochure photos. Minimalistic is good (even if you have to pack a few things away)!
Make sure pets are removed from the property when carrying out a viewing. Not everybody is a dog/cat lover. Also make sure there are no animal odours in the house and remove any dog/cat dirt from the garden.
Definitely do not smoke anywhere in the property, this can put more buyers off buying a home than anything else.
Keep safe any paperwork/guarantees you have for works carried out on your property, your solicitor will need them when you're sold. Its also handy to have to hand recent utility bills showing how much it costs to run the house for potential purchasers.
Make sure everywhere is accessible, ie, check you have keys to access garage, large storage sheds in the garden, loft spaces. Buyers want to generally look at all of the property before committing themselves to an offer.
If you have a small bedroom in your property which is empty, consider putting a bed or bed frame in the room so buyers can see you can actually fit a bed into the space and see what room is left over for additional furniture. Try to dress every room for its purpose to help buyers visualise the room's use.
Choose a good, pro-active estate agent to sell your home who has local evidence of homes like yours that they have sold to support their price recommendations. Don't be afraid of asking questions about their marketing, a good one should utilise traditional methods alongside other forms of marketing. Phone, newspaper, social media, niche marketing are all points to consider to maximise coverage for your home.
Speak to your agent regarding additional advertising in the local press, Rightmove premium listings, additional notes on your for sale flag board if you have something not quite obvious from the exterior, such as "garage to rear" or "large garden plot", attic conversion etc.
Make sure your property is priced correctly, look at the properties you are competing with in the local area, and the recently sold ones that the agents provide. You can do all of the above and still not achieve a sale if you are priced too highly. Being on the market for a lengthy period can give buyers the impression something is wrong with your home.
We hope you have found Lisa's advice helpful and look forward to helping you move in the future.