If you’re keen to secure a quick property sale, you may well be asking ‘what’s the best way to sell a house quickly?’
The truth is, there is only one guaranteed way to sell a house quickly and that is by selling your house to a genuine cash home buyer like Quick Move Now. Because we use our own cash funds, we do not need to secure a mortgage and can buy your house in as little as 7 days; providing you with a quick, simple and hassle-free house sale.
If, because of your circumstances, a cash home buyer is not the right option – it won’t be for everybody – there are a few other steps you can take to try to encourage a quicker house sale than average, which is currently 64 to 358 days depending on where in the UK you live.
1. Do your research before deciding where to price your property
Ask three or four local estate agents round to value your property – they’ll have the most accurate up to date knowledge of the local property market and what sort of price you can hope to achieve. As we’ve mentioned before, however, you should be cautious of estate agents intentionally over-valuing your property in order to get you on their books. To combat this, ask the agents what figure you could hope to achieve if you wanted to secure a buyer in four to six weeks and try to negotiate a short contact with them to reflect the fact that you’re looking for a quick house sale. If the estate agent you choose is unable to sell your house quickly, you may wish to consider adding a second agent and addressing any viewing feedback provided. It’s also important to look at what comparable properties have actually sold for locally, rather than looking at their asking price – these are often two very different figures! Sold price information can be found online on websites such as Rightmove and Zoopla.
2. Make sure your property is looking its best
It should go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many people put their house on the market without thinking about how their house looks to potential buyers. A few simple and inexpensive steps like having a declutter, tidying up the garden and completing any unfinished DIY jobs, could not only make the difference of thousands of pounds when it comes to how much someone is willing to pay for your property, it could affect whether anyone is interested in buying your property at all. It’s amazing how a few small things can make your house look a bigger ‘project’ than it really is and put a lot of potential buyers off. You can also make your house feel more open and welcoming by moving bigger furniture out. There are a number of self storage companies that allow you to store goods for short amount of days.
3. Keep up to date with your estate agent and ask for thorough feedback after each viewing
Your estate agent is working for you, and you should be made to feel accordingly. A good agent should be in constant dialogue with you, letting you know about potential viewings, feedback and ongoing strategy to secure you a quick sale at the best price. If you feel your agent is not working as hard for you as they could be, consider adding a second agent – you’ll be surprised how motivating a bit of competition can be – or look at whether there’s another agent in the area that has more experience of selling similar properties that may be better suited to your property. You can find and compare local estate agents best suited to sell your property on websites like Get Agent. NB. You’ll need to check your contract carefully before instructing a second agent or changing, as many estate agency contracts will include an exclusivity clause – this is something to be aware of and negotiate at the point of appointment.
4. Be realistic about the price you’re likely to achieve
An asking price is likely to be someway higher than the true value of your property, so don’t expect your asking price to be the final figure you’ll walk away with. Be realistic and prepared to negotiate.