Selling your house can often seem an overwhelming prospect, let alone selling it quickly. At PFK we deal with a lot of clients who need to move quickly, however we do understand not everyone is in a hurry – that’s why we take the time to build a bespoke marketing package that’s right for your property and your budget. We’ve shared our top tips for a quick sale below.
- Choose the best time to sell
Look at what is happening in your local housing market. Ideally, you want to sell while buyer demand is high, as this generally means there are lots of motivated purchasers in the marketplace. It’s a good idea to be informed of what is happening in your local area – is there anything planned which might boost your chances of selling? New transport links, outstanding schools and super-fast broadband can all improve selling prospects and possibly increase your asking price.
- Agree an accurate house price
One of the most important things when it comes to selling quickly is to price your home accurately. You need to agree an asking price that will appeal to buyers in the current housing market and this is where local estate agents really provide value for money. Local agents will know the market inside out and be able to tell you where to pitch your price. The best agents don’t just give you a price and walk away. They work with you throughout the whole sale, giving you the advice you need to make informed decisions.
- Find a good estate agent
A good estate agent will be invaluable in securing you a swift sale. At PFK, we know that selling a property takes effort, knowledge of the neighbourhood and negotiating skills, and our teams put this into practise in everything we do.
We will showcase your home as widely as possible by listing it on property portals like Rightmove as well as our own website, and we also advertise in newspapers and on the high street to capture the 30% of buyers who do not use the internet to look for properties. However, also remember that word of mouth can be very powerful so tell your friends, family and neighbours that your home is up for sale and share the online listing on your social media pages.
- Instruct a solicitor early
We advise that you choose a solicitor and get started on your initial paperwork as soon as you can – you don’t want to delay things once an offer has been accepted. Your property will also be more appealing to buyers if they know that you have already prepared your documents for the sale – they can also get a quick purchase. You’ll need guarantees for things like double glazing and details of any work you have carried out. At PFK, we offer a quick sale pack which can shave up to two weeks off the conveyancing process, a valuable amount of time if you’re wanting to move quickly.
- Prepare your house for sale
First impressions really do count so make sure you take the time to prepare your home for sale. Look at our previous blog post http://www.pfk.co.uk/ten-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-selling/
- Make the most of viewings
At PFK we will conduct your viewings for you if you would like us to – we don’t charge any additional fees for accompanied viewings, they come as standard with all our packages. Our sales teams have years of knowledge and are well practised in showing potential buyers around, and we can also deal with any awkward questions!
Before one of our team does a viewing for you, you can do a final sweep of the house.
- If you have a parking space, try to leave it free for the buyer. You want to make your property as welcoming as possible.
- Put the heating on if it’s cold or open up the windows if it’s a warm, sunny day.
- Empty bins and air the rooms of any unpleasant odours. Try adding fresh flowers or plants throughout the house.
- Choose a swift buyer
When you receive an offer, find out about the buyer. This is essential information if you want to move quickly – if your buyer is in a long chain or hasn’t got their finances in place it is unlikely they will be able to progress quickly to exchange of contracts.
- Accept the best offer
Once you have accepted the best offer on the table, you are close to securing a sale. You do not want your potential buyer to be distracted by other opportunities so keep in regular contact with your solicitor and estate agent to ensure the buyer is still committed to the deal. At PFK, we offer a sales progression service that is included in our fee as standard, so you don’t have to chase for updates. Our team will keep both you and the buyer updated on the progress, from the moment the offer is accepted through to exchange of contracts.
If you are looking to sell (whether you need to sell quickly or not!) you can contact your local PFK office for a free, no-obligation valuation and expert advice. Get in touch at email@example.com , call your local office or pop in and see us – we’re always happy to meet clients and have a chat about your needs.