Selling your home can be a really stressful period in anyone’s life. They say that changing jobs, getting married and buying/selling a house are some of the most stressful things that you can encounter; anyone that has sold a home would probably agree with that statement. Luckily, online estate agents such as Jet Homes have got a few handy tips for when it comes to selling your house in today’s economic climate.
1) Do Some Research
Do you know what other homes in your area have sold for or are selling for? What is the average value of homes in the area? How does your home compare to those currently for sale on the market? Knowing your area and what the “competition” prices are is key to knowing if your house can sell for what you think it can.
Tip: Spend time researching and identifying what makes your house a great buy.
2) It’s all about paperwork
Paperwork such as any electrical and window certificates, any building work that may have been carried out or even who your gas and water suppliers are can slow down any house sale down considerably. Make sure you prepare all of your documents in a safe location so that you can easily access them when the time comes to fill out the essential paperwork for your house sale.
Tip: Get organized quickly. Buy some folders and label them. It will help get the paperwork in order quickly.
3) Photos, Photos, Photos
“A picture is a worth a thousand words” as the saying goes, but this is never more true when selling your home. Nearly 90% of first time home views are performed on the internet, so you need to make sure your home really stands out. There are lots of great photo apps on phones that can help make sure you’re taking a great shot, or better yet – if you have the option – hire a professional as they can make sure that the lighting and look of your home really is eye catching for any first time viewer of your property.
Tip: Apps such as Pixlr are great, free and easy to use.
4) Preparation is key
A bit like the last point, but it will help sell your home quicker if the buyers see a tidy, well presented home. This also means that things such as chips in the wall or faded paint should be dealt with after a thorough home inspection. Make a list of things that are wrong and get them dealt with quickly.
Tip: Get your family together to do a room by room check with a pen and paper, list anything that may be damaged or needs a touch up.
5) You’ve heard of Facebook, right?
It’s not something that a lot of people do, after all, we may not want some “friends” on Facebook knowing that you are selling your home but, you’re missing a massive opportunity to get in front of a lot of people. Think about it this way, if you have 200 friends, and each one has 200 friends and at least 10 people shared your house listing, that is 2000 people that would know. That is huge; and who knows you could find a buyer quicker than you thought.
Tip: Create an online photo album with a link to the estate agent page. They can provide further details such as energy certificates and floorplans.
6) De-personalize your home
Once you’ve got a viewer, one of the key things is to make sure your home can feel like their own home. That means de-personalise. If you can imagine that you have moved out what would you take with you? More than likely family photos and or personal objects and items. Take out the kitchsy items and make whoever visits, truly feel that they can see themselves living in their future home.
Tip: Box away personal photos and store in a safe dry place. Plus, it clears up some packing before you’ve sold your house.
7) Market your home with the right people
Selling your home today has never been easier, but its all about the marketing that counts. Make sure that your estate agent, store or online thoroughly markets your property with email listings, social media posts and local paper advertising. You want as many people to see your house to stand a better chance of selling it.
Tip: Research agents and online solutions to see how they market their properties.