How to quickly sell your home
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…
How to quickly sell your home
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 firstname.lastname@example.org , call your local office or pop in and see us – we’re always happy to meet clients and have a chat about your needs.
Ten ways to prepare your house for a summer sale
Summer is the perfect time to sell – gardens are in bloom, buyers are more motivated and the sun is more likely to be shining down on your property. Check out…
Ten ways to prepare your house for a summer sale
Summer is the perfect time to sell – gardens are in bloom, buyers are more motivated and the sun is more likely to be shining down on your property. Check out our handy tips for making sure your house is ready to sell this summer.
1. Stand outside your home and compare it to your neighbours’ properties. If you do this and it makes you feel slightly embarrassed, it’s likely that you’ve already failed to impress your potential buyers. Your home needs to have kerb appeal as first impressions really do count.
2. Ensure the lawn is cut regularly and free of weeds, and keep any hedges trimmed neatly.
3. Check borders and flowerbeds for any weeds. It could also be worth a trip to the local garden centre for some brightly coloured flowers to plant in beds, pots or hanging baskets to catch a buyer’s eye, but don’t overdo it!
4. Clean any paved or decked areas. Even if they look alright, it is amazing how much better they will look after being cleaned. If you don’t have a pressure washer, it is worth borrowing one from a friend or hiring one, as they are perfect for this job. Also fix any paving slabs that are uneven or wobbly and remove any weeds that are growing through the cracks.
5. Make sure the gutters are clean and look in good condition.
6. Ensure window frames are also in good condition. Windows are a tell for the condition of the house in general and buyers often pay close attention to window frames for this reason. Don’t forget to clean the windows inside and out and polish them to give them an extra shine.
7. Get rid of any unnecessary clutter outside such as children’s toys, your dog’s favourite ball, bikes, gardening tools and supplies and empty plant pots. Also make sure things like bins, compost containers and pet food bowls are stored where they cannot be seen or, more importantly, smelled!
8. If any woodwork such as fences, benches, sheds or summer houses are looking a bit tired, give them a new lease of life with a coat of wood treatment.
9. Prune any trees or vines that are casting shadows inside the house to make the inside look as bright as possible.
10. Lastly, ensure the house name or number is clearly visible and is in good condition so potential buyers can find your house easily.
If you’re thinking of selling this summer, PFK are happy to help. For a free, no-obligation market appraisal, call your local office, email or drop in and see us. Don’t forget, if you instruct us to sell your property before the end of May you will be entered into our ‘Sell Your Home for Free’ competition (for terms and conditions please see: http://www.pfk.co.uk/sell-home-free/)
Moving day checklist
Before moving day: Get organised well before moving day – ask local shop owners if they have any spare boxes from their deliveries to save you buying all the boxes. Also…
Moving day checklist
Before moving day:
- Get organised well before moving day – ask local shop owners if they have any spare boxes from their deliveries to save you buying all the boxes. Also buy lots of bin bags for moving day – they’re useful for a variety of things.
- Have a clear out – you don’t want to be moving more than you have to and this is the perfect opportunity for a clear out. Get rid of all your rubbish from the loft and garage and take things to the tip etc. If you have a large vehicle such as a van or pick-up truck you may need to apply for a day permit to take items to the tip. Also get rid of any clothing that doesn’t fit or you no longer want. These can be donated to charity, or you can sell them online to help pay for your move.
- Check that the removers know where they are going and have directions. If the property is hard to find, describe useful landmarks such as shops, etc. to help prevent them getting lost.
- Ensure boxes are labelled with room names to show where they want to end up – use a thick pen and bold letters and write the room name on both the top and at least one side of the box. You can even colour code by room if you want to get really organised!
- Use up food items that are difficult to pack, such as items kept in the fridge and especially the freezer, so there are hardly any to move. Keep the food shopping to a minimum to help do this.
- If you have a pet, find out whether a friend or family member could take care of your pet while you move, or look into boarding your cat or dog in a cattery or kennels. Moving home can be very stressful for your pet so it’s advisable to remove them from the situation whenever possible. Also make sure that you update your pet’s microchip and ID tag in advance. If your pet runs away during or after the move, it’s important that you can be contacted immediately.
On the day of moving:
- Keep essential items such as the kettle, tea and coffee, commonly used crockery such as mugs and plates and basic cutlery out. Not only will you need these on the first evening and morning, but both you and the removers will want a brew while they work is being done. Once you’re ready to go put these in the car with you so they are easy to find.
- Prepare a bag of basic food items – milk, biscuits, and anything else you will need on moving day and before you get chance to do the first big shop for the new place. Reusable supermarket bags are particularly useful for this as they are strong, leakproof and a good size. These should go in the car too.
- Ensure your bedding is easily accessible – you don’t want to be exhausted at the end of the day and not be able to find your sheets, duvets and pillows easily.
- Pack an overnight bag – change of clothes, toothbrush and toiletries, phone charger – again, you don’t want to be rummaging through boxes looking for these on your first night in the new house. You may even want to pack a larger suitcase depending on how quickly you plan to unpack at the new place.
- Make sure the vacuum cleaner and essential cleaning materials are on hand for both properties.
- Keep important paperwork, jewellery, and small fragile items separate from your moving boxes to take in the car too.
- If you have a pet with you on moving day, try to keep their routine as normal as possible. Keep your pet in one room to keep them safe and keep toys, bowls and bedding in with them as they will be comforting to your pet. Pack these at the last minute and take them in the car with them. If your pet is prone to travel sickness, do not feed them for 3-4 hours before travelling but ensure they always have access to fresh water. If you have a cat that goes outside, you should keep them in from the day before, otherwise you may not be able to find them on moving day. Let the removers know that you have a pet and which room they are in so that they do not frighten them or let them out of the room.
- Meet the removers when they arrive and give them a quick tour of the current property.
- Swap mobile numbers with the removers.
- Make sure everyone else who is helping you move have exchanged numbers too.
- Explain what is to go and what is to stay. If there is a lot to leave behind, it may be worth marking this beforehand with bright tape to avoid confusion.
- If there is anything that requires extra care, point this out at the start.
- Do a final check when the van is loaded to ensure everything has been taken. Check cupboards, drawers and the top and underneath of any units or appliances you are leaving.
- Take all meter readings and take a photo of them on the meters also as proof.
- Check all windows and doors are locked and the utilities are all turned off.
- Take a moment – this is your last time in your old home and it’s worth taking a mental image of it – sounds, smells and feelings cannot be captured in a photograph!
At the new property:
- Give the removers another quick tour so they know what rooms to put your items in.
- Try putting up signs so they know which room is which – especially where bedrooms are concerned. Printer paper, white tack and a biro should do the trick.
- Use masking tape on the floors to show where you want your furniture to go.
- If you have a pet with you, keep them in one room with familiar things around them while you unpack and keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible while you are settling them in. You should aim to keep cats indoors for a while so that they can get used to their new surroundings. When you are ready to allow them outside, let them go out and explore in their own time and make sure you keep the door open so that they can come back in if they feel nervous. Let them out when they are hungry so that you can tempt them back with their favourite food or treat.
- When the van is unloaded, do a final sanity check to ensure nothing has been left behind.
- You’ve done it! It will have been a long and tiring day, so get the beds ready as a priority and put the kettle on! Everything else can wait until tomorrow.