Just last week everyone was tucking into their turkey and surrounded by piles of presents. But a new week has heralded a new year and for many people that signals a chance to make some big changes.
A new year means new goals, plans and ideas for everyone and it is no wonder, therefore, that the housing market is expecting a surge in both buyers and sellers over the coming weeks.
It is universally acknowledged that the boom time for the housing market is the spring. With things set to start ramping up within weeks, Quick Move Now brings you top tips on how to beat the market rush NOW!
Top tips to sell your house fast:
Make your property stand out from the rest
There are plenty of ways of achieving this, from making sure you secure the right agent to work for you, to giving your house a good old spring clean. Do your research before choosing an estate agent – maybe even test out how they deal with enquiries by becoming a mystery shopper!
Make sure the photographs and marketing material used to sell your home are of the best quality. And don’t forget to have a thorough clear up of your home before the photos and the viewings, decluttering inside and out.
It is not enough anymore to just have a pot of coffee brewing; buyers are savvy to all these tricks.Before each viewing try to find out a bit about the people coming round too, then you can tailor your house to them. For example if a family is coming then having a few toys out will probably work in your favour, but if a single man is on his way over – clear out all of the toys immediately!
Be objective and be realistic
The main reason that houses don’t sell is that they are overpriced. Be realistic about what you can achieve and you are more likely to sell quickly and without having to drop the price eventually anyway.
Do your research – what have other houses in your area sold for lately? Check the pricing bands on search websites, such as RightMove and Zoopla. You don’t want to just price yourself out of a search band that could realistically contain a lot of potential buyers.
Don’t necessarily go for the highest offer, go for the most likely to complete
Anyone can come in and make you an offer but in this day and age, not everyone can actually come up with the goods (or the money!) when it really matters.
Mortgages are still difficult to secure, and sales are still falling through at the last minute because the buyer cannot secure the finances he/she expected to be able to. Find out the exact position of the people making the offer and weigh up the chances of them being able to go through with the sale against any higher offers that may have been put forward.
Top tips to buy your new home fast:
Make yourself a cash buyer
Being in a position to move quickly puts you streets ahead of any other buyer. With sales falling through at the last minute because the buyer couldn’t secure a mortgage, sellers are more likely to want to deal with a cash buyer, even if your offer is slightly less than someone else’s.
If you’ve found your dream home and you want to beat the competition to secure it, Quick Move Now can buy your existing house in as little as seven days, ensuring you have the cash ready to go.
Or, if you’re still looking for the perfect place, Quick Move Now can work to any timescale, so it’s worth getting a free, no-obligation offer from us so you know just how much we could pay for your house, in case you need to move quickly when you find it!
Or you can sell up, move into a rented home and be ready and waiting as the perfect cash buyer when you find the home with the ‘wow’ factor.
Get all your finances and paperwork sorted in advance
This puts you in a far better position to be able to move quickly when you find the house of your dreams. Having your mortgage in principle sorted, or the cash waiting to be used, and a solicitor in place, puts you in a prime position to bargain for a good price.
If you are feeling really organised you can always make sure you have a removal firm in mind to use too, as well as the money ready for the fees that moving incurs, including stamp duty and solicitors costs.
Do your homework
Find out all you can about the seller and tailor your offer to their needs. If the house has been on the market for a while, you are far more likely to be able to go in with a low offer. If the seller needs to move to a timescale you can use this to barter with them too.
Put that spring in your move this year and start off your search streets ahead of the competition.