New Year, New Home. Top Tips for Selling Your Home in 2019
The New Year is fully in swing. 2018 is past and while we might wish otherwise, most of us are back into the rhythms of daily life. Many people see the start of a new year as an opportunity to reflect. To shake up the old way of life and make a change for the better. Be it in your work or home life, you may have made resolutions to change things in 2019 so that you can end the year feeling better than you did at the end of 2018. If you’re thinking of making a big change and moving house in 2019, the team at Castles have put together some expert tips to help you sell your home in 2019.
Get a Proper Valuation
One of the most important tasks involved in selling a house is getting an accurate, thorough valuation from a qualified and experienced agent. A reliable valuation can be the difference between a quick, straightforward sale and a house that languishes on the market for many months.
There is a wide range of factors that will affect the value of a property. The current market conditions, how desirable houses in the area are, buyer sentiment - all of these are considerations a good agent will be aware of and take into account when providing their valuation. They will also look at elements such as the space of the property, the garden, proximity to schools, local transport and more.
House prices have risen over the last few years. However, with the uncertainty of Brexit and other underlying factors, experts have predicted that house price growth will slow down in 2019. However, last year, Swindon bucked the trend of stagnating house prices and instead they continued to increase. Therefore, it is not unlikely that this will continue on into 2019. Additionally, mortgage interest rates are looking set to remain low, leaving buyers feeling more confident in making higher offers on properties.
Spring is Coming
Spring is widely known amongst estate agents to be an excellent time to sell a property. Many people begin in January looking to move house, making early spring a great time to get your property out there for all the potential buyers to see. More buyers means an increased chance of getting your home sold quickly. Don’t fear, however, if you aren’t ready to put your home on the market by the time spring arrives. There are still plenty of buyers out there the rest of the year. And, with the right estate agent, you’ll find the right buyer in no time.
Of course, if there are lots of people thinking of selling around the same time as you, you’ll have to ensure your property can stand out from the crowd and grab buyers’ attention. To do this, you may need to go the extra mile to get your home noticed. Having a good estate agent who understands the market and knows how to make your house stand out from the rest will go a long way. They can help you identify your home’s unique selling points, consider ideal buyer profiles and target their property marketing efforts accordingly.
Make A Great Impression
Selling your home is, in large part, all about the presentation. By presenting your home well, you are giving it the best chance of catching a buyer’s fancy. Many buyers will not see past a house that is dark, grimy or in need of repair, even if it could be the ideal home for them. Make sure nothing stands in the way of them seeing the benefits of the property.
Read our guide offering tips on preparing your house for viewings.
Tidying your property before a viewing goes without saying, obviously. But the best way to present your property is to begin decluttering it. Clutter draws the eye and can make a space look smaller. Minimalism has taken the world by storm. There are tons of books, TV shows and blogs that can help you effectively declutter your home, making it more attractive to buyers. Even things like shampoo bottles, when left out, can cause the bathroom to look cluttered and less appealing. Style is important. And a minimalist home is key to presenting a put together look. Think about show homes you might have seen. Consider the lack of clutter and how that presents. Make sure your rooms are impeccable. Beds beautifully made, carpets cleaned and surfaces clear.
Decluttering doesn’t stop inside the house. Don’t forget the front and rear of the property. Ensure it is clear and tidy, with no toys, weeds or litter hanging about.
Maximise the space by increasing the light flow around the property. Remove heavy, light-obscuring curtains in favour of thin blinds or sheer curtains. Invest in quality light fittings to bathe the right parts of rooms in light, and hide the less appealing parts. Hang mirrors to allow light to bounce off and around the room, creating the illusion of more space.
Bad smells are a huge turn off to buyers. So, if you have pets, consider leaving them with a friend during the viewings and ensure the house gets a thorough clean. Likewise, if you smoke, try to refrain from smoking indoors during the selling period and clean all the carpets, furnishings and fabrics, where the smell will most stick.
Brief Your Agent
At Castles, our estate agents are highly trained and experienced in finding each home’s unique selling point as passing that on when speaking to potential buyers. However, as the owner, you have the best perspective on your home. Chat with your agent and brief them on the selling points of your home. What do you most love about it? Let them know any interesting or unusual features or history, as well as any hidden storage space. This will help them to better present your home as a great find for potential buyers.
Other Top Tips
Many owners have taken the step of applying for planning permission for an extension, before putting their property up for sale. Planning permission can last for up to three years and can be passed onto the home’s new owner. So, it can be an added bonus for buyers who might consider extending the house themselves.
Get a condition survey to find out about any problems before you sell. This will put you in a stronger position. And, if you’re able to fix any issues, that will help ensure the value is not affected.
Buyers are increasingly looking at the energy efficiency ratings of properties. An up to date Energy Performance Certificate is usually needed when selling. Upgrading the energy efficiency of your home before selling can help encourage buyers and increase the value. Simple updates such as a new boiler, better heating controls, insulation and even simply using energy efficient light bulbs can help.
If you are looking to sell your home in 2019, you’ve come to the right place. Castles Estate Agents is one of the premier estate agents in Swindon. We were recently awarded the Best in Region by the Relocation Agent Network, for our commitment to providing a fantastic service to all our clients. Call our team on 01793 611677 or complete our online contact form today.