Sell my house quickly – not in this economy?!

Sell my house quickly’ is the main objective, but is it achievable in today’s property market? Who do you turn to for a fast house sale? Has your property been on the market for months or even years? It can be very frustrating to constantly chase up estate agents and get the same response: “It’s getting some interest but it’s a tough market, we’ll sell it soon.” Does this sound familiar? Quick Move Now has come up with some solutions…

Have you considered changing estate agents?

You have been loyal to your estate agent for months but there hasn’t been any progress. Remember, if you’re not happy with the service you are receiving, then you should ‘shop around’ for another agent. You could visit rightmove.co.uk and search for estate agents in your area. Top tip: Most estate agents are members of The Property Ombudsman, which is an independent body set up to protect consumers.

Checking that you use an estate agent who is a member is important to ensure you receive the best service. Trying several estate agents is ideal if you’re not in any rush to sell your property, but it can be a very lengthy and expensive solution as most estate agents charge between 0.5% and 5% in commission. A good, recommended agent will offer you a great service, keep you updated with any news/feedback and get you the best deal.

Have you considered a part exchange company?

Have you fallen in love with a new build development or park home community but cannot get a buyer for your existing property? Have you ever thought about part exchange homes? Most part exchange companies will consider a range of properties for part exchange, including long leasehold flats, ex-local authority properties and high or low value residences. This method is ideal if you have found your dream new build home or park home and want a quick, hassle-free and secure exchange.

Have you considered selling privately?

You may feel that using an estate agent is too expensive and the main benefit of selling privately is the £1000’s of pounds you can save. “Where do I find buyers and where can I get the best exposure?” A good place to start is on the internet and the main websites where you can advertise your property are: Rightmove, Findaproperty and Primelocation.

Selling privately can be ideal if you don’t want the long-drawn-out and costly procedure of selling with an estate agent, and you’ll be in full control of your sale.

TOP TIP: The most important thing to do when considering selling privately is to research private sale websites. You’ll get useful information and resources from these sites and the savings you make could be substantial!

Another way of getting your property more exposure is advertising in newspapers. Newspaper advertising has the ability to communicate lengthy and detailed information. Adverts can be almost any size or shape. Colour can be added to make your ad stand out, which is perfect if you’re selling a property.

Have you considered selling at auction?

This isn’t for everyone. Is your property different in some way? Does it need a lot of renovation work? Yes? Selling your house at auction could be the answer. The biggest disadvantage is that it’s one of the most expensive methods of selling in regards to commission, and if your property doesn’t sell, you still need to pay auctioneer costs, which could be around £1,300 + VAT.

This is to cover:

  • Listing your property in the auction catalogue
  • A survey inspection of your property
  • The sale board
  • Preparing legal documents
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Pre-auction enquiry costs

Have you considered a home buyer company?

There are many benefits from selling your home to a property cash buyer. Quick Move Now can help you sell your house quickly and works to timescales that are set by you. It doesn’t need a mortgage or external investor funding, so you won’t be waiting around for the cash for your property. If you need a hassle-free option, with no more viewings, negotiations or worrying about a sale falling through, then using a home buyer could be ideal for you.

Keep in mind – costs every seller can assume they will pay regardless of sale method are: mortgage redemption costs, solicitor’s fees, stamp duty, home information pack payment and possibly land registry fees. Selling your house quickly is never easy in this economy. With researching and some effort, you will find the best solution for you.

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 25th September 2012
Last updated on 20th April 2017

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