When you make the decision to sell your home, whether you are downsizing, upsizing, side-sizing or just looking for a new project, new build or new location, then take a look at our helpful checklist to give your some tips, tricks and ideas to getting your sale right and helping things go smoothly; here is a guide to selling your home.
Do your research; how much are similar homes selling for in your area? What price did you buy your home at and how much value have you added? You can check out similar house prices on websites such as Right Move and Zoopla to get an idea of the right price to sell your home at.
Check out some local estate agents and ask for recommendations from neighbours and friends. When it comes to estate agents you want to make sure you go with one who knows the area well and has a good reputation; local knowledge mixed with someone who knows what they are doing will get you the all important sale.
Take a look at 'Online Estate Agent Vs High-Street Agent' to get a more in depth idea of who to choose.
Don't always choose the first estate agent and you shouldn't always go for the one who promises to get you the highest sale price.
Know what you are willing to sell at, and then put your home on the market a suitable amount higher than this.
Prepare your home ready for photographs and potential buyers.
This is a good time to have an all important clear out and get rid of any belongings you no longer need or want; Declutter, simplify and most importantly you want to make your home depersonalised - when potential buyers come round they want to be able to visualise themselves in your home, and if you have a lot of pictures of family and friends it won't make them feel like home.
Get up to date on your DIY to-do list. If there are lots of little jobs that need doing around your home it will make potential buyers think there is a lot of work to be done before they will be settled - get them done and make your home presentable.
Once your home is on the market and you have some viewings lined up, invest in the three 'Fs'; fresh flowers, fruit and finishing touches! Flowers will add a lovely smell to your home and make it feel homely and bright, fruit will add a touch of health and colour to your room and finishing touches can be anything from plants to cushions, throws to doormats. Whatever you need to make your home feel complete and presentable - do those things. These will be small investments in the grand scheme of things and could be the all important touch that will get you your sale.
Keep your home tidy just incase there are last minute viewings.
Try to put your clothes in the wash basket each morning, keep the washing up to a minimum and spritz your bathroom and any opportunity.
When offers start coming in, keep in mind the figure you are happy to sell at and try not to compromise just to get a quick sale.
This is especially important if you have an onward purchase.
Expect to receive offers anywhere up to 10% lower than your asking price. We would recommend having an asking price around 5% higher than the price you are willing to sell for.
Once you have accepted an offer, if you haven't already, it's time to get searching for your dream home. Take a look at our 'Buying a Home Checklist' for more ideas and inspiration on buying your next home.
Find a good solicitor to deal with the sale of your home. Again, go on recommendation from family and friends to find a reliable and speedy solicitor who will keep in contact and keep you up to date with the process.
Selling a home can take as long as 3 months, depending on the amount of people involved in the move.
Get packing and planning your move.
Find out about 'The Real Cost of Moving Home' to help you with costing for selling and buying a home and to give you ideas about whether to use a removal company or do the move yourself.
Have you sold your home recently? How did you find the process? What are your top tips?
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