Selling your home can seem a daunting and complicated task. Here are some tips to make the process a little clearer:
Hire an estate agent
Hiring an estate agent takes the hassle out of advertising your home yourself. They will complete the work of listing the property for sale, advertise on your behalf and arrange the viewings.
Receive a valuation and decide a price
The agent will come and look at your property and offer a valuation. This is used to settle on a price that you’re going to put it on the market for. Another helpful resource is the Land Registry website which will give you an indication of what houses are selling for recently in your area.
Energy Performance Certificate
EPCs are a legal necessity and you’ll need to have one in place before putting your house on the market. A registered energy assessor will need to complete this for you.
Get your house out there
If interest is slow or you want to broaden the scope of potential interest, you might want to put your house on the internet. You can advertise through an estate agent and using a website like Zoopla or Rightmove for example. This will normally cost a small fee, but your property will potentially be seen by many more people.
Prepare your home
A few adjustments might need to be made in order to get your home ready for viewings. This is the point where you must start seeing your property as a commodity that will soon belong to someone else. Some home improvements might be necessary to make the place as attractive as possible to viewers. Try to picture the market from the buyer’s viewpoint and understand what someone might be looking for with your home.
Here are some ways you might want to improve your property before selling it to increase the value of your home:
- A loft conversion is a considerably worthwhile investment if you have the available space and finances.
- Extending your property outwards by adding an extension or conservatory is a great way to add another room or rooms, providing extra much-desired space.
- Converting a garage into an additional family room or building an extension over a garage adds loads of space and boosts up your home’s value. This could include potential repairs but it will be worth it in the long run. One job you could get an expert to come and do is the Garage Door Repair so check out garagedoorsrus.co.uk/garage-door-repairs/ or similar sites.
- If your property has neither central heating or double glazing, then adding either or both will considerably boost your home’s value. Many buyers expect such things as standard in today’s market.
- A simple change in your décor can make all the difference. Be sure to keep to muted, neutral colours for floors and walls which will be more attractive to potential buyers who will envisage putting their own stamp on the place.
Get ready to move
When you receive an offer you’re happy with, a conveyancing solicitor will need to complete the legal aspects of the sale for you. When the buyer’s solicitor and your solicitor have agreed on terms, contracts will be drawn up and a completion date set. This is the date that legal ownership of your current property transfers to the buyer.