Doesn’t January always feel like a long month after the expensive festive season? The last thing you maybe thinking of spending money on, is preparing your home for sale. Whatever your situation, you need to make your property a new and exciting opportunity to potential buyers.
We know that selling your home can be a long, complex and stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
With some efficient planning and preparation, selling your home can be quick, efficient and even exciting! We want your selling experience to be a positive one; therefore we’ve created our top five tips just for you!
- Instruct the right agent
Instructing the right estate agent is the most important factor when selling your home. You need to do your research before deciding on which agency you’re going to trust with your investment with. Things to consider:– Are they a member of the Property Ombudsman Scheme?
Their membership to a professional body will show their commitment to you. As a member of the Property Ombudsman Scheme they will be able to access key network resources and code of conduct benefits.
– Are they open 7 days a week?
You want to ensure the estate agency you choose is not missing out on key potential buyers.
– What are their fees and charges?
You want to achieve the highest possible price for your beloved home, therefore the quality of service an agent provides should be the is key to your decision. Interview at least three estate agents and question them on the marketing they will offer, their knowledge of the market as well as their commitment to see the sale of your home through to completion and beyond.
– Do they subscribe to a good selection of mainstream property portals?
You want your home to be viewed by the largest possible audience of potential buyers, therefore it is important to understand where they will feature your home online. Check they using at least Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation as well as their own website.
– Have they given your property an abnormally high valuation?
You don’t want your property to go stale on the market, take longer to sell and/or for less money. We would advise that you compare at least 3 different valuations.– Do they have their own legal, finance and marketing team?
Why is this important? It could save you time and money.You want to build on your relationship with your agent, so you need to trust them.
Ainsworth Lord Estates are different as we put our local community is at the heart of our business. We advertise your home in the local press and are honoured to have a large percentage of our business through word of mouth. We also attract overseas investors, who’ve recently turned their backs on the crazy property market in London and homed in on our beautiful and historic Lancashire.
- Home staging
When potential buyers view your property you want them to fall in love with it and be able to see themselves living there. Home staging is all about creating an inviting lifestyle and enhancing your homes best features, which can in turn add value. They key things to remember about home staging is to de-clutter, clean and present every room and outside space of your home.
If you want to help the speed of your sale then you need to be organised.
What do we mean?
Making sure that you have all the correct paperwork sounds simple, but failure to do so could seriously hold up the completion of your sale. Check lists and an up-to-date diary will help you to keep a record of everything and stay on schedule.
What paperwork should you to hand?
* The Deed to your home.
* Your mortgage approval.
* Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) we can help you with this.
* Certificates of all electrical and gas maintenances, such as your boiler.
* Certificates for any work you have had completed on your home.
- Be Realistic
Your estate agent will value your home through a mixture of knowledge and current property trends in the local area. Sadly valuations may not always work in your favour and this is always hard to hear. Property markets can work for you and against you based on how the market is performing at that time. At Ainsworth Lord Estates we will give you an honest and realistic valuation at all time and more importantly work hard so you can achieve it.
- Don’t forget the garden!!
When preparing your home for sale, make sure you don’t forget the garden. Potential buyers want to see a home that has been loved and cherished inside and out. Gardens are a wonderful way of creating a lifestyle that buyers can fall in love with, and if you have an exceptional space we want to help you showcase it’s true worth.
You need to think outside the box, e.g.- Does your garden have character?
What about adding some colour? Or some interesting accessories? …– Is it an attractive space for entertaining?
This is as simple as placing your garden table and chairs in a suitable area of your garden. On a nice day add your parasol and dress your table with a jug and glasses. This will allow potential buyers to picture themselves sitting in your garden.
– Is it too child friendly?
Potential buyers want to see your garden and its size. Make sure your beauty of your garden doesn’t get lost with an array of toys and apparatus.
– How does the lawn look?
No potential buyer wants to see a bare and baron lawn. Think about feeding it a couple of weeks beforehand, this will make it look healthy and brighten it up.
Ainsworth Lord Estates are the only Independent estate agent and letting agent in Darwen, with full membership with the Property Ombudsman Scheme and who are open 7 days a week.
We do things differently, that’s why we get you the best results.
Discover why at Ainsworth Lord Estates we get the results you want, contact us today on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com