How to sell your house quickly
When you decide to sell your home, timing is everything. If you're not pro-active, chances are that completing your sale may take longer than you’d hoped.
Luckily, Pittis know how to sell property quickly – after all, we’ve been doing it for so long now, we couldn't help but pick up some tips along the way. Follow our advice and you’ll have your home sold in no time.
1. Have a good 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. Make some cosmetic changes
Marked walls or tatty floorboards 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. Do a spot of gardening
A beautiful and cared-for 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 seem obvious 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 won't need too much attention and will add verdant lustre to your garden all year round. Ready-made pots can also be an easy way to add a welcome burst of colour to your patio.
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 – and your viewers are sure to notice this homely touch.
4. Maximise your kerb appeal
Remember, first 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 to the front of your home.
5. Ensure each room has a purpose
Have a dining room? Well, make sure that you stage it as a dining room. Take out any exercise equipment or clutter that can detract from the purpose of a room. Remember, buyers respond to simplicity.
Similarly, 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. Get organised
An organised seller is a desirable seller and your buyers (and their conveyancers) will thank you for it. Keep a file with all of the relevant planning permissions, EPC certificates and Fensa certificates (if applicable) which you have for your home. If you suspect these might be lost, make sorting out a replacement copy one of the first things that you do.
Believe us when we say, these documents will be required before you know it, so it's always best to have them ready to minimise potential delays.
7. Pay attention to viewer feedback
Although some of it may be hard to hear, viewer feedback will ultimately help you to make the changes needed to attract potential buyers. With Pittis, you’ll receive a full summary of your viewers’ feedback, all accessible, at your leisure, through your own online portal.