• Handpicked Harrogate

Top Tips to Sell your Home

House selling can be a stressful time but with these tips you can sell quickly and without undue stress.

1.Choose the right estate agent

Selling a house is a stressful business. So choosing the right estate agent who is going to minimise worry and maximise results, is a vital first step.

You’ll want an agent with proven and up-to-date marketing techniques, who has great reviews, listens to what you need and is available when you are. One such agent is Handpicked Member, EweMove Harrogate, Boroughbridge and Ripon. Tom has excellent reviews and an enviable reputation for selling homes quickly and effectively, for the best price. https://www.ewemove.com/estate-agents/harrogate/

2. Price indices give general not specific advice.

Contradictions exist because sites rely on different data. Some use asking price (which won't be the same as selling price in many cases). Some use sale price. Some use mortgage valuation figures. Plus, they are all averages anyway. The price is affected by location, street, sometimes which side of the street the home is on, condition of the property, and decorative order.

3. Increase your property’s ‘kerb appeal’

A potential buyer could be put off even before they have set foot inside your front door if they are given a bad first impression. You want them to walk up the drive or path already feeling impressed and excited to see more.

Make sure the garden is tidy, the front door is smartly painted and your fence is looking well cared for.

If you usually keep your rubbish bin next to the front door, move it somewhere less conspicuous.

4. Spruce up and de-clutter

Making your home attractive to a buyer needn’t mean an expensive décor overhaul. Your buyer will probably redecorate as soon as they move in. However, you can freshen up the rooms with neutral paint and ensure you have plants or flowers in the rooms.

Clear up clutter. Put away toys, ensure your kitchen surfaces are clear of clutter and thta everywhere is clean and smells fresh.

If you have pets, try to get someone to look after them elsewhere when you have people to view the house. Not everyone loves pets, and some are allergic to them.

5. It's the little things

Chances are the buyer will be nit-picking as they will be looking at a number of properties and weighing everything up. So fix those annoying little tasks around the home such as blown lightbulbs, leaky guttering and doors that stick.

6. Picture This

Buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in the house so it’s essential that each room is serving it's proper purpose. Dining rooms should be shown as dining rooms, and not as offices or work out areas.... even if the latter is what you use the room for.

Depersonalise the house as far as possible, without making it seem stark and cold. You are aiming to allow buyers to see themselves in the house so taking down posters in the children's rooms can allow the buyer to better see the potential of the house and where they will put their own furniture and decorative items.

7. Stay out of the way!

Let potential buyers wander around the house without trailing around after them. You want them to feel comfortable and as though they can spend time looking at each room freely. Be ready also to answer any questions after the viewing.

8. Make the most of outdoor space

Gardens or any type of outdoor space can be another great selling point – but it wants to be tidy and attractive, and look well cared for. If it is overgrown the garden will also look smaller. relax current planning permissions could be the answer.