Keen to sell your home in the South West as quickly as possible? Worried that your the South West property is still on the market?
Although finding the right estate agent is a crucial part of getting your property sold, there are a few things you can do yourselves to help move the process along. Try these tips and it won’t be long before you have a few good offers pouring in and you can enjoy the search for your next new home!
Read on for our eight essential tips to help you get your property off the market, quicker:
Let’s start with the simplest (albeit slightly tedious) thing you can do to help stage your home for viewings. It’s time for a deep decluttering session!
We’re not clutter-shaming. Getting rid of all the clutter allows interested buyers to see the full potential of the space during viewings. And not only will it make your property look more spacious, but it’ll also mean that your eventual packing becomes much easier. Bonus.
2.Put some of your personal items away
Although you don’t want your home not to look like a home, you also don’t want it to look too much like your home. You want potential buyers to walk in and be able to easily picture themselves living there. Removing family photos and more personal items can help make that possible. Viewers will be able to walk around and envision themselves and their own families living there.
3.Invest in professional property photography
As much as you may fancy yourself as a good iPhone photographer, now’s the time to turn to an expert. Trust us, a professional photoshoot will go a long way in helping your online property listings get a lot more interest. Many good estate agents are affiliated with a skilled property photographer and can offer this service. They’ll light up your home to make sure it’s showcased in the most visually appealing way. No filters necessary.
4.Ask your estate agent to create a video tour
While excellent photos are a ‘must have’ for property listings, few listings up until very recently also have a property video tour. These video tours can really help bring a property to life and are likely to capture more engaged leads.
Ask your estate agent whether they offer this service to help your online listing stand out. If they don’t, see if you can find a professional videographer who’d be happy to create a short video of your property for a small budget. We wouldn’t recommend creating this yourself – but you should definitely share it on social media once created!
5.‘Neutralise’ your furnishings
Another way to make it easier for viewers to picture themselves in your home is to create a more neutral setting. Turn to more muted colours for things such as your bedding and curtains. Remember, loud colours and bold prints may not necessarily be to everyone’s taste.
An easy way to give your home more mass appeal is to strip any wallpaper and give it a fresh lick of neutrally coloured paint. Opt for lighter colours to reflect light and make your home look more spacious.
6.Add some homely touches
We know, we just asked you to remove personal items and make your home more neutral. But hear us out.
Although many of the little decor changes mentioned above will help turn your property into a more neutral living space, you don’t want to strip it of all personality. Add little touches such as soft throws, scented candles and fresh flowers. These are safe options which can help your home look homely without alienating any potential buyers.
7.Use social media to share your property listing
Although it’s your estate agent’s job to advertise your property, there’s no harm in you sharing the online listing. We recommend sharing the listing in your network. You never know, someone on your Facebook Friends list may always have had a crush on your home!
8.Hire a great estate agent
We’ve saved the most important tip for last. The estate agent you choose will make all the difference to how quickly your property gets sold. Although you may be tempted to go with the one with the lowest fee – don’t. Interview and research any estate agent thoroughly before you opt for them. Find out more about their experience and marketing strategy, and ask which property portals they will list your home on.
Asking all the right questions when vetting estate agents will save you a lot of time (and money) and ensure your property is off the market before you know it!
For no-obligation advice on buying or selling your home in the South West please contact our expert property team at BOP on 01237 479999. We look forward to helping you.