Selling a home can prove both exciting and challenging, making it a trying time for those who have never experienced it before. There are, however, a number of tips that you can follow- in the interest of facilitating the process. It is worth noting, however, that you should always consult the advice of a professional or legal expert before finalizing a home sale. This is to ensure that all your paperwork complies with local and national laws.
One great tip to consider when selling a home is to look for a private buyer, before you list your home with an agency. Selling privately, to a friend or acquaintance, can prove economical for both the buyer and the seller. You can avoid agency fees and reduce the amount of time spent consulting with an agency, listing and looking. This is a very efficient way to sell a home. It is however, a little less convenient. Selling privately involves consulting with a legal expert to draw up contracts, and discussing the details with those in the know. Many homeowners choose to sell through a real estate agent purely because it’s easier and less invasive.
Another tip to consider is the quality of the interior of your house, and you should perhaps consult the advice of a professional home stager before listing your home. There are certain ways to make your home seem more attractive, through simple DIY jobs and even certain reorganization techniques, that can significantly increase the value of your house. This extends to the exterior, and before calling for an estimate, you should consider landscaping or gardening tasks that would help make your home more attractive to potential buyers.
When selling a home it’s important to shop around. You should seek to invite a number of agencies to estimate the value of your home, and opt for the one that gives you the highest estimate (providing they’re as reliable and trustworthy as other agencies). If you’re not looking to sell your home with urgency, and you feel that the markets are particularly bad for sellers, then you may even consider waiting if the estimates you receive aren’t suited to you.
A final tip to consider when selling a home is whether there are any possible extensions or conversions to be made, and whether you can afford to do them yourself. Converting a garage or loft, or extending a kitchen can significantly increase the value of your home. It may be worth calling in a builder, primarily to assess whether you can do these jobs yourself, or alternatively to confirm whether future owners can carry out these jobs- and at what price. This can make a home seem more attractive to potential buyers.
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