As a homeowner, one of the worst parts of selling a house is the amount of time that it takes. It’s usually an incredibly slow process that would make even the most patient person grit their teeth. We’ve put together some helpful ways that you can speed your house sale up and save yourself some time!
1. Kerb appeal
Most potential buyers will make their decision if they don’t want to buy a house before they’ve even walked in the door. Kerb appeal is incredibly important when you’re selling a house as your advertising photos need to be tip top to boost interest. Some potential buyers will even drive past your property before arranging a viewing to get a feel for the surrounding area and the outside of the house, and if the place looks unkempt, they will likely think that inside looks the same. If you’ve got a hedge or a lawn, make sure that it’s kept trimmed and tidied, so any passers-by aren’t put off. Brightly-coloured front doors are a great way to boost your appearance and get more interest, especially colours like yellow, purple, and blue.
2. Stage your advertising photographs
Anyone interested in buying your property will look at your advertising photos and more than likely make a decision if they want to move forward from there. If your photos aren’t of the best quality, viewers are much more likely to oversee your property and go straight to the next one. Buyers are usually looking at several different houses at any one time to keep their options open, so you will almost always have lots of competition that you need to stand out from. Stage your house appropriately, make sure it’s as tidy as possible, and have your photographs taken by a professional to increase chances of potential buyers being interested in your property and help you sell faster.
3. Freshly decorated
When selling your house, any agent would recommend that you redecorate before going to the open market so your property looks the best it can. You don’t have to spend a huge amount doing this, but it’s worth spending a bit of time refreshing walls and removing any scuffs and stains to keep the property looking good. When redecorating, you’ll usually be encouraged to go with neutral colours. These colours will help rooms look bigger and brighter than if you choose darker colours, and lighter, neutral colours act as a great canvas for potential buyers to imagine their own furniture in the house. Buyers can be put off for tiny reasons, so avoiding bright and brash colours that may not be to everyone’s taste will eliminate this risk for you.
4. Highlight your favourite parts
You may decide that your agent can host your viewings for you, but some homeowners like to do their own viewings to really get the details across that agents may not consider. Viewers will often prefer the current owners to do the viewings as they can ask questions about their time in the house and get more useful information that the agent is able to offer. If you do your own viewings, take this as an opportunity to sell the house in more way than one. What was it that made you fall in love with the house in the first place? What made you want to buy it? Use the time you have potential buyers in your head to show them the benefits of your house and how happy you’ve been there. This will resonate with them and encourage them to move forward with your house if other homeowners haven’t put the same energy in to their viewings.
5. How do you want to sell?
Selling on the open market is the traditional way to sell, but it can take a very long time and not all homeowners have that time to wait. That’s why some homeowners look at selling their house at auction, or to quick sale companies like We Buy Any House, to speed up the process. You should take some time to research each method of selling to see which is the best for you, as every one has positives and negatives.
Once you’ve found the best method for your circumstances, you can move forward and get your house sale ready with our top tips!