Tips on how to sell your Stockwell home
Published on Thursday, 07 February 2013
The first big step when it comes to selling your house is; making sure that your moving arrangements are sorted. Is you new home ready to move into? And if not, do you have plans for where you're staying in the meantime? Either way, whether you're moving to somewhere else in London, or simply to another part of Stockwell, the excellent public transport and road connections will make it a breeze. Just make sure you've got a plan, though.There's lots of things to consider when you actually get around to selling; how to present the house, how to advertise it, and whether or not you need a quick sale (and if so, how you can make it happen). Here are a few tips.Presentation is keyThe best way to make a good impression is to have a clean house. And I mean everywhere, every nook and cranny needs to be spotless – being meticulous and precise will work wonders here. Don't expect every prospective buyer to check every corner for dirt, but there's always a chance they will and you will want them on your side too. Get any necessary repairs and replacements sorted in advance. Don't leave them to the last minute. If a room needs a fresh coat of paint, or if the skirting boards or gutters are cracked or hanging off, make sure they're seen to far before you put the house on the market. Especially if painting needs to be done, there are few things that are more likely to turn a prospective purchase off than that wet paint smell. Even small things, like replacing light bulbs will help. The devil's in the details.Know how to advertiseNow that you've got the place to look how you want, now it's time to start advertising. Start taking good pictures, with the best angles and the best lighting conditions you can find. Having a pleasing amount of soft light makes the house look welcoming, shaded parts make it look like there's something to hide, and, seeing as you've cleaned the house up, there should be absolutely nothing to hide.Now that you've got the right pictures, it's time to find the right words to go with them. It's best if your writing has some flair, but don't let that get in the way of the important things, like number of bathrooms and bedrooms, and whether it's detached or semi detached. Get straight to the point, but if you can make the advertisement engaging to read, that can only put things in your favour. Get the sticker price rightPutting the right price on your property is very important. If you price it too high, buyers won't be interested. If you put it too low, some buyers will treat your advert with suspicion, like it may be too good to be true. In order to price it right, look at other houses in your area and how they've been valued, and put your price in line with those. Remember, even though the risk of pricing it too high is well defined, pricing it too high is better than pricing it too low, because discussing a deal is part of the selling process, and you'll most likely have to lower the price anyway in order to close a deal.And finally...Once you've got all these things sorted, you can sit back and let the phone calls roll in. If someone's booked a viewing, there are a few last minute things you can do. You can open the windows and curtains and let the fresh air cleanse the house, like a natural air freshener. This allows the new air to circulate, and the people viewing will feel more welcome. Make sure you allow them to see the property at their own pace too, it allows them to envision what life would be like if they bought this property, and might just push them to making an offer, and that quick sale you wanted might just happen...
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