If you want to sell your home as quickly and painlessly as possible you first need to know who is most likely to buy your house. Try tailoring the space to match possible buyers without putting off others; if you think a professional couple might be best suited to your house then ensure there is space for an office desk but ensure the second bedroom is a bedroom.
Traditionally the best time to sell a house is February, March and September. During these months demand often outstrips supply so selling is quicker and prices are at their highest.
Remember people want to imagine themselves living in the house. Remove anything which you do not need on a daily basis and put it in the attic, so ornaments and photos and clutter have to go. In addition if you can move large pieces of furniture into storage then it may be a good idea as spacious rooms are more appealing. Hallways should have no coats, boots or other clutter and bathrooms should not have personal items on display. Ensure the toilet seat is down and don’t forget to iron the bed sheets!
A coat of magnolia paint is an effective way of smartening up a home quickly. New light carpets are also loved by potential buyers, (no big patterns). Other quick fixes which can make all the difference include:-
If you have not got time or simply prefer not to redecorate, ensure your house is clean. Especially kitchens and bathrooms. You may consider using professionals to clean carpets, windows and the oven.
The front garden is the first impression and the back garden is often seen as an extra room. Both should be tidy, with the grass cut and children’s toys hidden away in the garage. Make the garden look like a great space for relaxing or entertaining.
First impressions count. If more people like a property then it is likely to sell faster. Here is a checklist of great little things you can do to make the best possible impression.
Leave this to the agent if possible.
If not, let a family member show viewers round. Do not crowd or clutter!
Your agent will be able to help. Listen to their advice as the highest offer may not be the best offer. Press for as much information regarding the buyers circumstances as possible, the key points are as follows:-
Your estate agent is the middleman between the buyer and you. You should not contact the buyer directly. Ask for the offer to be made in writing and ensure that the agent has all the background information on the buyer’s ability to move quickly. Compromise on both sides is key to securing a deal. Market conditions, how much the buyer loves your property and completion all dictate the amount a buyer is prepared to offer. You need to consider how quickly you need to move, the present market conditions and the size of your moving budget. Carpets and curtains are unlikely to fit your next home so use them as bargaining tools to maintain the asking price while giving the buyer something extra. Once a price has been agreed your solicitor will send a draft Contract to the buyer’s solicitor who will conduct the preliminary searches. You will need to agree on a date for a survey to be done on your property by a surveyor, a date for exchange of contracts and a proposed date for completion.
The exchange of contracts can only occur when the following criteria have been met:-
Once the Contracts have been signed by both parties (i.e. the buyer and the seller), a deposit of usually 10% of the purchase price will then be transferred by the buyer’s solicitor to the seller’s solicitor when Contracts are exchanged. [A completion date is then agreed between all parties.]
Usually the faster you get to completion the greater your chances of a successful transaction. Many of the factors which determine the speed of the transaction are out of your control, but selecting a good solicitor and estate agent will help, by ensuring the buyer is in a position to purchase your house when they make an offer. On completion the residual monies, usually 90% of the purchase price, will be transferred from the buyer’s solicitor to the seller’s solicitors’ account. Once your solicitor confirms the money has cleared in your account they will infirm you to release the keys – congratulations you have sold a house!
If you have a mortgage, you Bank or Building Society may hold your Title Deeds. The Title Deeds are your proof of ownership of the property and your solicitor will need to send a copy to the buyer’s solicitor during the initial stages of the conveyancing process. At Dale & Co Deeds are stored for free.
The buyer pays Stamp Duty; the amount is dependant on the purchase price.
On the completion date, which will be agreed mutually by all parties via your solicitor.
If you are selling your main home you do not usually need to pay Capital Gains Tax. Your solicitor will advise you on this.