Selling in a competitive market

Selling in a competitive market

In this very competitive housing market there are a number of things you should do prior to placing your property for sale that will increase your chances of selling quickly and at a price that you are happy with.

Properties that are overpriced simply will not sell and, although you can bring the price down later, this may give the appearance that there is something wrong with it. It is certainly worth doing some research of your own to establish what you think would be a realistic asking price.

Also, get your agents to value your home and ensure you ask them to supply you with some comparable evidence to support their valuation. It is not wise to select an agent purely based on their high valuation. Are they looking to sell your house or stroke your ego?

As well as the rather fundamental business of getting the price right, it is also a good idea to contact your Notaire if there are any issues which may cause complications later on in the sales process are ironed out in advance. Planning or boundary disputes may present problems for your buyer and sales can often fall apart for these reasons so sorting out beforehand can save a lot of stress and disappointment.

Also, you will never realise your home’s potential if it is not presented correctly. Here are five steps to help you:

Complete any half finished jobs – most people prefer to see a well cared and happy home so replace broken hinges or handles and finish any paint jobs. Make sure the seal around baths and basin is clean and free of mould or limescale.

Touch up chipped paintwork and ensure windows are clean and the front door and any communal areas are tidy – first impressions count!

Tidy up front and back gardens. Dig up weeds, mow the lawn and trim hedges. Plant some colourful flowers. The front area is especially important as many people will drive past before viewing.

Turn rooms back into their intended functions. If you are using a spare room as a study, get a bed back in their instead. If your dining area has become a playroom, clear the toys away and allow people to see how they may use the room.

Call us! – presentation is everything. At A F we often use quality digital SLR cameras for quality photographs and often provide floor-plans. This is a great way to showcase your property.

We make sure that your home is seen at it’s very best.