With the housing market still in a sharp downturn it's a difficult time to try and sell a property. Selling your home can be tricky at the best of times but there are a few simple techniques you can use to entice that all important buyer through your front door.
Getting people interested in your home is the first step to any successful sale so picking the right estate agent is key. You should always look for an agent who understands your market and has a good track record in the area. Most buyers will be keen to work with an estate agent who knows the locality and can provide insider knowledge of the surrounding amenities. It's always best to find an understanding agent who will help guide you through the house selling process with as little stress and hassle as possible and it's prudent to be wary of agents that promise you an unrealistic sale price from your property. Some agents have been known to over value property simply to secure the business so it's important to choose someone you feel you can trust or who comes with a personal recommendation.
Once you have found your estate agent and agreed the right asking price it's up to them to market your property to its best advantage and keep you informed of any interested parties. It's a good idea to call your estate agent regularly to keep up to date with developments and to make sure your home is getting the best marketing it can.
Once you start getting people through your door there are a number of things you can do to make sure your home is looking it's best. It's very important that your property looks attractive from the outside as first impressions really do count when it comes to potential viewers. A freshly painted front door, a couple of plant pots with seasonal foliage, sparkling clean windows and a clutter free porch or hallway should do the trick.
House buyers don't want to feel like intruders when viewing your home so you should remove a few of the family portraits and make the communal areas as neutral and homely as you can. Viewers want to imagine what it would be like to live in your property so clean, fresh surroundings are essential. Some scented candles, colorful throws, extra cushions and those all important fresh flowers will help to make a property more welcoming to potential buyers. Things like a leaky tap, wobbly radiator or a squeaky door can put buyers off so try and attend to all those little jobs before you put your property on the market.
Whilst you're selling your house it's important that you can answer any questions the house buyers may have so keep details of your council tax, telephone and energy suppliers and home insurance handy. Whatever methods you use to get buyers interested in your property it's important to remember the little touches make all the difference when it comes to getting a great offer on your home.
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