There is so much advice about buying your first home but what about your first time selling property? Like anything, the process of selling your property is easier if you know what to do.
Creating Something Beautiful
Do you ever scroll through Pinterest looking at the absolutely stunning rooms and designs from across the world. Many look like like they have come straight out of a magazine. It can be a great tool to use for inspiration.
It is worthwhile to make sure your home is ready for anyone who might want to come and view it. Making a great first impression is key. Depending on the potential purchaser’s style there are many different ways you can present your home to them.
Many love a warm and homely property rather than a cold and clinical style. Make sure that there is little clutter. It is extremely off putting if the rooms are untidy and messy. This makes it hard for people to imagine living there. If you get rid of the clutter and create the “Pinterest” look then many are much more likely to warm to the space.
It goes without saying, make sure that the property is in a good state of repair. If the gutters are hanging off and weeds growing out of the paving, this is sure to create a negative impact. We tend to be drawn to well kept properties. This is your “kerb appeal” and good kerb appeal is a must if you want to sell.
The Estate Agent
The Estate agent will help you with a valuation of your property. Bear in mind that they take the current condition into consideration. You should take a look at the various estate agents and what they offer for their fee. In Northern Ireland we have so many helpful estate agents to choose from. Most tend to offer similar services such as advertising your property on Property Pal and conducting all of the viewings etc.
Some estate agents may already have buyers waiting on your property coming onto the market especially it suits their requirements so its worth contacting them for a chat.
What About Fees?
There are many fees associated with selling a property. In fact this is what puts many people off selling. You should be ready and prepared for these and allow for them in your budget. If you are up sizing just remember not to get carried away with your offer on the new property. You need to keep money for these costs.
There will be estate agent fees, solicitor and legal costs and surveyors fees. Your home may need an EPC Certificate (Energy Performance Certificate). This tells a purchaser how energy efficient their potential new home is and what they can do to improve it.
It can be quite exciting when the estate agent calls with an offer. The offer may be bang on the asking price or it can fall very short. It is a good idea to sleep on any offer received, this gives plenty of time to consider the pros and cons of accepting the offer.
Accepting an offer will be subject to survey. A home buyers report will be carried out to make sure that the property is suitable for sale. This protects the buyer and mortgage company.
Any offer is not legally accepted until an exchange of contracts takes place. This means that your buyer can be outbid. Not a bad thing when you are selling as this results in a higher offer coming in. It can be unpleasant for the person that put in the first offer but it is a very common practice.
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