When it comes to selling your property, whether it is your main residence, an inherited property, or a 2nd home, you want to get the best possible price for it.
You may have done some renovations, where the costs have added up, or you may have had to invest to keep the property good working order. Either way, you naturally want to make as much profit as you can from the sale to achieve a return on your investment.
Before you even put your house up for sale, there are several things you can do to help get the best price possible.
To know and understand how to achieve the best price for your property you need to get in the mind-set of your potential buyers. They don’t want to walk into a house which needs a lot of work and is currently full of clutter and junk.
Think about who your target buyer is and set the house for them. For example, if you are aiming your sale at a family, consider presenting an unused office or snug as a nursery or child’s bedroom if it isn’t already.
A great tip to see what prices you could be looking at, and whether now is a good time to sell, is to look at other houses being sold in the area.
Look at similar sized houses and how much they are being sold for. If the prices are low, then chances are you may not sell for that higher amount at this time.
By law, you are required to produce an Energy Performance Certificate, commissioned by a Domestic Energy Assessor before you put your property up for sale. This is a great time to see how eco-friendly your house is and if there is anything you can do to improve this rating.
Having a more economic house will not only reduce bills but will be more attractive to prospective buyers and help you achieve the best price.
If you are currently living in the property or it is still furnished, now is the time to start sorting out all your belongings and throwing out the junk.
You want the house to be neat and tidy and not cluttered so start by boxing away any stray ornaments to make the sides and surfaces clearer. Also any furniture you aren’t currently using put it into storage as this will free up room in your property making the space bigger.
Once you have cleared out the excess junk and clutter now is the time to get all the cleaning supplies out and give your house a good, deep clean from top to bottom.
This includes giving the floors and carpets a wash as well as ensuring the windows are spotless. Don’t forget to tackle the bathroom and kitchen; remove and replace any damaged grout around the tiles, clean off the lime scale and make sure everything is as clean as possible.
If your property has any structural issues whether this is subsidence or anything else, now is the time to repair it. This could dramatically reduce your asking price if left as is, so it is best to get it fixed at the earliest opportunity. As part of the selling process, the buyer will arrange a property surveyor so any structural issues will be highlighted before they make a final offer.
Are there any small DIY jobs around the house which you have been putting off? Perhaps a squeaky door or a loose hinge? Now is the time to get these little tasks completed to help achieve the best price for your property. Alternatively, hire a tradesperson if you don’t have the time or resources.
Once these little jobs have been completed give the areas which are looking a bit drab or faded a quick coat of paint. You don’t need to do a major renovation, but you will be surprised at how much better a property can look after some fresh paint.
It isn’t just the house you need to work on, don’t forget the outside areas as well. Make sure you mow the lawns, pull up the weeds, repair any damaged fencing and clean up any wild flowerbeds. Make sure the garden looks as neat and tidy as the house. This means any tools, excess pots, or items in the garden, need to also be stored away.
Before the potential buyers arrive make sure any rubbish has been emptied, and air out the rooms to eliminate any bad odours.
If it is still light outside, make the most of this by opening the curtains and windows to let in as much natural light as possible to show your house off.
Finally, always be positive if you are showing potential buyers around and let them walk in the rooms first. Ensure you give them space and time to look around and absorb it all at their own pace. If it is a family, be sure to mention any school catchment areas or local amenities which may be useful for them.
This is a vital step and will show you what best price could mean to you. Most estate agents will offer you a free valuation so make sure you shop around and get a few so you have an idea of what a realistic price should be.
To discover how much your property could be worth, take our free, instant online valuation today.
We understand that selling a house can be a stressful time and we also know any homeowner wants to get the most profit out of their sale.
Here at Jones Robinson, we will help alleviate as much stress as possible. With over 4 decades of experience behind us we know how to achieve the best price for your property. Our staff each have, on average 13 years’ worth of experience with us so you will be in good hands whoever you meet here.
As a local estate agent based in Newbury, Marlborough, Didcot, Lambourn/Hungerford, Devizes, and the surrounding areas we know all the best places to promote your property to give you the biggest reach. We can even advise potential buyers on local amenities to help encourage them to make their mind up.
We will of course ensure that all the relevant checks are completed in a timely manner, and we can even arrange someone to attend all the viewings. This means you don’t need to worry about taking time off. We always provide you with feedback from the viewings within 24 hours. In fact, we find that on average we get 1 offer for every 4.8 viewings so you shouldn’t have to wait too long until you receive your first potential buyer’s information.
Our highly skilled sales team will ensure each step is completed thoroughly with all I’s dotted and T’s crossed. From price negotiation to the legal bits, we will ensure your sales process goes as smoothly as possible and help minimise any risks.
If this is your first sale, or you simply haven’t sold a property for a while, we are happy to sit down with you and go through the whole sales process to avoid any surprises along the way.
From your first meeting with us for the valuation to the viewings and those all-important offers, we will always keep you updated on the progress of your sale.
If your house is particularly desirable and receiving a lot of attention, we even offer a virtual action strategy to get the best price for you.
Here at Jones Robinson, we are proud to always offer a personal, tailored approach for each sale.