In an ideal world, you would have all of the time you needed to sell your property, allowing you to hold out for the best price. However, it very rarely works like this, does it? A lot of people need to sell their home quickly for a variety of reasons. Some people simply need the cash; others have found their dream home and need to sell their property so they can put an offer on the table. No matter what applies to you, if you are trying to sell your property quickly, and it is not happening, read on to find out where you could be going wrong.
You aren’t giving buyers the best first impression
If you have had a good number of viewings but you have not had any offers on your house, this is likely to be the reason why. Are you presenting your house in the best possible manner? Have you got rid of the dog smell? Is the garden neat and tidy? Have you given the front door a fresh lick of paint? You may think such matters like this won’t make a difference, but they do. A buyer wants to imagine living in the property. They may also think that you haven’t kept the property well if you can’t even be bothered to do the little tasks.
Your home is not ready to move into
A lot of people won’t want to carry out major improvements to a house before they move in. More than that, moving house is expensive and they may know from the outset that they won’t have the money to make major purchases initially. It’s up to you to show them that they could move in tomorrow and live quite comfortably until they can afford to make changes of their own.
It may seem a lot of effort for a house you’re leaving behind, but you are investing in your future, too – a quicker sale can help you move into the home of your dreams faster as well. And so, although it may seem like a waste of money to you, it really is worth considering replacing worn carpets and freshening up rooms with a lick of paint. After all, if you don’t, a buyer may well try to negotiate a cheaper price so they can afford to make these improvements themselves. The potential drop in the final sale figure is likely to cost much more than if you do these things yourself.
Also, remember that the final touches you add when you dress a room will be coming with you – that new shower curtain, those rugs and throws, some cushions and pristine, white, fluffy towels can add an instant homely touch to your own new property when you move.
You have not considered all of your options
You do not need to go down the traditional route of getting in touch with an estate agency, putting your house on the market, and hoping for an offer. There are other ways to sell your property. There are lots of businesses that will give you a fair cash offer for your property. This means that you do not need to go through the process of uncertainty, repairs, and dealing with real estate agents.
You are making it difficult for people to view your home
House hunting is tiring and can be endlessly frustrating. In a buyer’s market, it’s easy to give up on the idea of what might otherwise be the ideal home and look elsewhere if it’s proving difficult to arrange a mutually convenient time for that all-important first viewing. After all, until a viewer’s seen the home ‘in the flesh’, there is no emotional connection.
That’s why it’s important to make sure you are as flexible as possible when arranging viewings. Even if it’s inconvenient from time to time, it’s worth putting yourself out a bit if you genuinely want to sell your home. Demonstrate your flexibility by offering a couple of times for viewers to come, if possible. And welcome them warmly when they arrive, even if you’re feeling like you’re ‘up the wall’ internally!
That said, there are some times when you want to avoid a viewing. As essential as the refuse collection may be, you don’t want your potential buyer to be trying to park up to see your property when the bin wagons are around and the pavement is strewn with wheelie bins. If you live on a commuter run or close to a school, avoid those odd times of day when your street is at its busiest and parking is a problem.
You aren’t promoting your property properly
Another reason why you may not be selling your house quickly is that you are not promoting it properly. There are many different platforms you can use to promote your property today. This includes property listing websites, as well as social media. However, being present on these platforms is not enough. You need to use keywords so that you feature high up on Google. You also need to ensure the text is descriptive yet easy to read. Bullet points work well. And, finally, your photographs need to be taken from the right angles, in natural daylight, and they must offer a realistic view of the property. Buying aluminum outdoor furniture and setting up an outdoor dining space, for example, can make a big difference. This helps people to imagine socializing with their friends and loved ones in your garden space.
Hopefully, you have now found out where you are going wrong on your quest to sell your property quickly. If you take note of the tips that have been provided, you should be able to enhance your chances of a quick sale. Good luck! We know that it can be difficult to sell your property, but there are ways to speed up the process and make your home more appealing to buyers. Use these tips as a starting point.