Welcome to Barrington and Blake’s guide to selling your property. Following these 10 simple steps to selling your home could mean you receive a better offer and sell in a quicker time, too.
Get the right valuation
The most important part of the selling process is getting the value of your property right. No one wants to under-price their property for fear of losing money, but over pricing a property could cost you more in the long run in price reductions if the property stays far too long on the market and becomes stagnant. Our local property agents know your property market inside and out, providing the best valuation advice available.
Our valuations are completely free. So give us a call today!
With most potential buyers or tenants starting their property search on the internet, it is more important than ever to make first impressions count. On average, potential buyers when browsing listings on the internet only spend on average only 2.7 seconds before enquiring further about a property. Our property agents are highly trained to take lots of professional photographs, showing your property in the best possible light.
Many viewers can feel a little awkward when being shown around a property by the owners, and don’t like asking certain questions for fear of causing offence. Your personal agent is a sales professional and will have on hand all the information your potential buyer would need, including your council tax band, EPC rating and average utility bills, to name just a few.
Let our agents sell the best features of your home; that’s our job.
Curb appeal matters
First impressions are everything, and even more so when it comes to selling your home. According to our research, 70% of homebuyers will do a drive-by after seeing a home they like online, and what they see could make or break a home sale. So mow the lawn, clean the windows, touch up any paintwork. Remember: homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell.
Dress to impress
The most effective way to make a huge difference to your home is to de-clutter every room. Buyers need to imagine your property as their perfect living space. Having too many personal possessions on show can prevent your buyer from seeing your home‘s full potential. Our agents can always arrange external storage space for you until the day you move.
Finish your odd jobs
Look at your property through the eyes of a buyer. It’s time to fix that broken cupboard or leaking tap, as potential buyers will only see the cost of rectifying any DIY problems and could ultimately be put off by them. According to our survey, 85% of buyers will pay a premium for a property that has little to no DIY issues.
Deep clean and keep it neutral
One of the most cost-effective ways to make a real difference to a property – and probably the most obvious – is to give your home an (intensive) deep clean. This will make your home appear far more inviting to potential buyers. To give your property a brighter and more spacious feel, keep the decor neutral as this could entice a wider range of buyers and ultimately help you achieve a faster sale.
Over time you may have grown accustomed to certain smells within your home, such as pet or cigarette odours, but your potential buyers will not. It’s a well-known fact that odours and smells are the biggest turn off for potential buyers. Just remember to air your property prior to viewings, or invest in plug-in air fresheners to give your property a more inviting aroma.
Once we receive an offer on your property, we’ll give you a call to put the offer forward. Your property agent will confirm the offer and the position of the buyer. Receiving an offer from a cash buyer or chain-free buyer may improve the likelihood of a swift and smooth sale. Remember, your professional negotiator will always work tirelessly on your behalf to achieve the best possible price and you don’t have to accept the first offer you get.
And finally, Get ready to move!
Congratulations on accepting your offer. You have taken the first steps in the sale process and now it’s time to get ready to move. The next step is instructing your legal representation. Your agent will arrange this for you, and remember: this is included in our No Sale, No Fee option.
We have also included within our selling package a MOVING CHECK LIST. This guide will supply you with all the information you need to plan for moving day, and on moving day we also have vans available to book too. How’s that for a start to finish service?