Selling your home: 5 top tips

If you are looking to sell your home and are not having much success, there are a number of strategies that can be followed in order to get that quick sale, without losing money in the process. Some people consider remortgages before selling and this can create problems and can become costly, especially as there are often fees involved.

Here are a number of tips you can try to help sell your home quickly and painlessly.

1.  Make sure that the asking price is the correct one

If the price is too high then people will be put off buying any house. Similarly, if the asking price is too low, they may be put off, or they may try to knock the price down further, leaving you with a far smaller amount of money than you had originally planned to receive for the property.

The price of a home needs to be set just right and this can be achieved by checking out a number of valuations from different estate agents. The correct price is normally somewhere in the middle of the valuations that you receive.

2. Don’t get involved with chains if you can help it

The longer a chain, the more likely a sale will fall through, often through no fault of your own or that of the person looking to buy your home. If you have no other option than to sell to those involved in a chain, consider renting the property out until all the relevant sales have been completed, this will give you an extra income that can be put towards items that may be needed for your new home.

Place the income that you receive into an easy access online savings account, as the interest rates can be higher than with regular savings accounts, and the money should be able to be accessed as and when it is required.

3. Attract the right buyer

People who are looking to buy their first home will have an idea of what they are looking for and simply making sure that the home is kept tidy could swing the deal for them. Try to attract a first time buyer, as if they feel that the house is the one for them, they are more likely to raid their savings accounts to be able to stump up the deposit for the property, as well as being keen to move in at the earliest opportunity.

4. Keep on top of the situation

You should make sure that the estate agents you choose to work on your behalf continue to heavily market the property, as well as replying to any correspondence from solicitors as quickly as possible to ensure that the prospective sale is pushed through. People looking to buy a property will want to view the home more than once and it is a good idea to make viewings as accessible to them as possible.

5. Keep the home in a good condition until the sale goes through

Although some people can see past a mess, or other work that needs doing in a home, it is best to make sure that the home is kept clean and that any fixtures and fittings are securely fitted. The same is true of the garden, which should be kept tidy and well maintained. Windows should be regularly cleaned and the house should always be well lit when people are viewing the property.

Following these simple tips should help with a quicker sale and if that happens then you could be moving into your new home sooner than you think.