How to sell your house quickly?

As anyone who has sold property before will tell you, when it comes to selling your home, timing is everything. If you drag your feet, chances are it may take longer than you’d hoped to complete your sale.

Luckily, Douglas Allen know exactly how to sell property quickly – after all, we’ve been doing it years. Follow our advice and you’ll have your home sold in no time.

How To Sell Quickly

1. Have a clear out

Putting your home on the market is a great excuse for a clear out. Keep personal items such as ornaments and photo frames to a minimum. Buyers like to picture their own belongings in-place during a viewing and too many of your personal items can detract from this.

2. Correct wear and tear

Marked walls or tatty floors could create unnecessary roadblocks to a buyer’s decision to put in an offer. A fresh coat of paint or a new lino is likely to cost under £100 but could add thousands to the sale price you achieve.

3. Give your garden a spruce

A well-tended garden can add as much as 20% to the market value of your home – that’s as much as £60k judging by current market conditions. So, it’s clear that you should do all that you can to boost the overall appeal of your outdoor space. If you’re not especially green-fingered, choose some hardy perennials which will add verdant lustre to your garden all year round. Ready-made pots can also add a welcome burst of colour.

Bonus tip: While you’re out shopping for plants, don’t forget to add a few house plants to the mix. Indoor plants can instantly transform a house into a home – an aesthetic which your viewers are bound to notice.

4. Enhance your kerb appeal

After all, initial impressions count. If your building’s exterior is looking worn, give it a lick of paint. If that’s not possible, you’ll be amazed at the difference hanging baskets and a few planters can make.

5. Make sure your rooms have a purpose

If you have an office, make sure that you stage it as an office. Take out any exercise equipment or clutter that can detract from the purpose of a room. Buyers react well to simplicity.

Likewise, if you have any empty bedrooms, styling them with a bed in situ (preferably a double) will help alleviate any doubts a prospective buyer may have about the room's potential.

6. Be an organised seller

An organised seller is a desirable seller – and your buyers (and their conveyancers) will thank you for it. Keep a box file with all of the relevant planning permissions, EPC certificates or Fensa certificates which apply to your home. If you suspect these might be lost, make sorting out a replacement copy a priority.

These documents will always be required, so it's always a good idea to have them ready to minimise potential delays.

7. Pay attention to your viewer feedback

This will ultimately help you to make the changes needed to attract potential buyers. Work with Douglas Allen and you’ll receive a full summary of your viewers’ feedback, all accessible, at your leisure, through your own online portal.

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