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10 Top Tips for selling your home

1. Choose The Right Agent.

The first and most important tip on our list is choosing the right agent. Don’t just instruct the agent that gives you the highest valuation, unless they have the comparable evidence to back it up (see tip no.2). You need an agent you feel comfortable with, a professional who is a member of the NAEA and Property Ombudsman. Your agent should advertise your property to the widest possible audience of potential purchasers using the country’s leading websites Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation. They should maintain a high level of contact with you throughout the whole process and guide you to the successful completion of your sale.

2. Get Your Price Right.

The initial marketing of your property is a critical time for achieving the best possible selling price. This is when it will be seen for the first time by the highest number potential purchasers so it’s important to get the price right. You should get advice from local agents, but sometimes they will overvalue a property just to get the instruction so make sure they can back up their valuation with accurate comparable evidence. Properties that are currently for sale are not always a useful guide, remember they have not actually sold so may be overpriced themselves. Be aware of similar properties that have sold recently in your area, and be honest with yourself about the condition of your home and how it compares.

3. Instruct A Solicitor.

When it comes to selling a property time can be a killer. Finding a buyer is only the first part of the process, it then takes on average 6 – 10 weeks to complete the sale and sometimes even longer. As the sale isn't legally binding until contracts have been exchanged this leaves a long period of time for a buyer to get cold feet or lose patience and withdraw from their purchase. At Holters we advise you to instruct a solicitor as soon as you put your house on the market, this will allow them time to prepare all the necessary documentation, make sure the property is registered and address any issues which may delay your sale at a later date. There may be a small charge for this but it will be a fraction of the potential losses of losing a buyer.

4. D.I.Y

Finish off all of those D.I.Y jobs you've been putting off. All the little things that once bothered you, but you have stopped noticing, could deter potential purchasers from putting in an offer, or give them reason and the bargaining tool they need to put in a lower offer.

5. Neutralise.

Make your home a blank canvas for the potential new owners. Everybody has their own taste and yours may not appeal to the people viewing your home. Light, airy neutral colours offer the broadest appeal and are the least objectionable, they will match most people’s interior furnishings and are the easiest for people to change. Freshen up your walls and carpets to give your property the best possible chance of selling.

6. Depersonalise And De-clutter.

Depersonalise your property as much as possible. People need to be able to visualise themselves living in your home and a glutt of photographs and family heritage can inhibit their ability to do so. Also de-clutter to make rooms feel as clear and spacious as possible, too much furniture can make a room feel smaller than it actually is. I know it’s your home but remember it’s only for a short time.

7.Spring Clean.

Nothing will scare off a potential buyer quicker than a dirty house. So it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, have a good spring clean and make sure your home is spick and span for your viewers. Make sure the house is pet free and eliminate any odours they may have left behind.

8. Kerb Appeal.

It’s not just the interior of your property that’s important the exterior appearance, or as we call it in the business kerb appeal, is also a major factor. Make sure your windows and fascia’s are clean and clear, fix any leaky overflows and keep lawns mowed, hedges trimmed and gardens tidy. First impressions count and this will be the first thing potential buyers will see.

9. Define Each Room.

Give each room an identity, restore the play room back into a dining room, convert the junk room back into a bedroom. Put the appropriate furniture in each room to help your potential buyers visualise the accommodation and how it would work for them.

10. Ask A Friend For An Honest Opinion.

When you think your house is ready to go on the market and you’ve carried out all of the above ask a friend to come round and give you an unbiased and honest opinion. We all feel our home is our castle and as the old saying goes, love is blind. We often overlook things in our own property, or simply stop noticing things we once considered flaws. Ask a trusted friend to give you a second opinion. It’s important to not take offence at any feedback they give you, remember they are there at your request and are trying to help you sell your home. Any constructive criticism they give you could be the difference between selling and not.

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Holters Modern Estate and Letting Agents in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Holters Modern Estate and Letting Agents specialise in selling and renting property across England and Wales. Primarily based in Shropshire but also serving London and the home counties, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Birmingham, The Midlands, Powys, Mid Wales, Gwent, Newport, Cardiff, Monmouthshire and South Wales.

Holters provide a modern twist on traditional estate and letting agency, our aim is to deliver a first class service, a comprehensive marketing package but at a fraction of the cost of your traditional high street estate agents.

When you have a combination of solicitor’s fees, survey costs, stamp duty and the dreaded estate agents bill on top of that, moving home can be a very costly experience. Our vision was to create a modern estate agency which provides a fabulous service whilst saving you money and so Holters was born.