Moving home, marrying and divorce, three of the most stressful things you can through in life. You only want to go through them once but for most of us moving house is going to happen at least once, if not more. We’ve put together a short guide to managing the build-up to moving and how you can make the process as stress-free as possible.
Seems simple to say but so many enter the house selling business completely unprepared and are surprised at just how much work can be involved at their end of the process. The best thing you can do, before you even come close to putting your house on the market, is to create a timeline of tasks you need to achieve before the sign goes up.
This might include DIY projects that need starting or finishing off around your home to bring it up to a more saleable standard or going through each room and giving it a thorough spring clean, throwing out anything that is just gathering dust.
If you’re ready with that side of things and desperate to get things moving then you’ll need to stop for just a little while longer and do some research about what kind of price you’re going to want to advertise your property for. You’ll find several websites that will tell you how much similar properties have gone for in your area and how much you might be reasonable in asking for. You’ll also have to decide how you want to sell your house. In these days it’s not always necessary to employ the services of an estate agent; in fact, you might be tempted to go it alone or find a middle way with a managed sale. Get your guide to selling your house fast and you might feel confident enough to go through the whole process solo.
If you do go it alone, you’ll probably have to conduct the viewings yourself and this is where you’ll need to bear in mind one or two tricks of the trade.
After you’ve made sure that your home is ready, clean and tidy, you’ll also want to have to hand any information you might be asked about proximity to schools, supermarkets, public transport and so on. If you know who’s coming around to view your home then you should be able to pick out one or two aspects that might appeal specifically to them, greet them warmly but not over enthusiastically.
As much as you can, leave your emotions out of it, even if you hear criticism over your décor. Their tastes might not be the same as your own and you are there just to sell.
Let them see your best room first and move on from there but after you’ve given them a brief tour, do leave them alone to think and explore by themselves.
Stick to your base sale price as close you can but be prepared to budge just a little if it means getting your house sold: the faster, the better.
*This is a collaborative post.