How to get the best price for your home

Selling your home is stressful at the best of times, especially as the trend is for prices to go down. Try these tips to make sure you get the best price you can.

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Be realistic


Let’s be honest – selling a house is an emotional situation, as our homes are our castles. The asking price is frequently five per cent above the price that properties sell for, so don’t get upset if your pride and joy is not going to make you as much as you had hoped. Check similar properties in your area – are they in the same condition to yours? Watch what they sell for and be prepared to adjust, even if just mentally.

Show off


No one likes to see a cluttered or messy front garden, which could even put your prospective buyers off coming inside. Make sure it is tidy and clutter-free and that everything inside looks spic and span. It is worth spending a little time decluttering and doing a quick paint job before the viewings start.

Estate agents

According to the Telegraph, you should stick to busy estate agents that are members of the National Association of Estate Agents. Get several quotes and ask the agents to explain their valuation of your property.

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Conveyancing

You may not need a solicitor, as conveyancing is often a straightforward process and many firms use their legal execs for the work. Consider online conveyancing as an alternative. There are lots of companies out there, such as https://www.samconveyancing.co.uk/, so why not research them?

Surveyors

It is an expensive enough time, so why on earth would you get a surveyor to value your property? The answer is that an independent surveyor will be honest and tell you the good and the bad. If something needs a fix, getting it done before you put your house on the market could save you thousands in the long run. 

Management

Manage your estate agent; for example, make sure all the details they advertise are correct, including the photographs. You don’t want pictures of your wheelie bin, even if it is normally outside. Get feedback on all your viewings – there might be some aberrations but if there is regularly something that is putting buyers off, change it. Always listen to feedback and don’t give up.